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Monty Python Vet Eric Idle: 'Not The Messiah'17:01
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Eric Idle, along with collaborator John Du Prez, also wrote the musical <em>Spamalot</em>. (Matt Sayles/AP)
Eric Idle, along with collaborator John Du Prez, also wrote the musical Spamalot. (Matt Sayles/AP)

Monty Python's Eric Idle created a stage show based on Life of Brian called Not The Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy).

Idle calls this production an "oratorio," or a musical without the sets and costumes, performed only once or occasionally.

"We modeled on the Messiah by Handel," Idle tells NPR's Neal Conan. "I jut thought what a great and silly gag it would be to do the full Handel treatment for Brian."

A special performance of the show, featuring fellow Python members Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, has been released on DVD.

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