From the brilliant creator of Monty Python and Spamalot, Eric Idle brings together a slice of true comedy history and a celebrated ensemble in a never-to-happen-again event of hilarious proportions. WHAT ABOUT DiCK? will be on everyone’s lips and available to download exclusively from www.whataboutdick.com from 13 November 2012.
With side-splitting performances from comedy greats including Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand and Tracey Ulman, Idle’s imagination comes to life in this uniquely off-the-wall all-star event.
Filmed earlier this year at the Orpheum Theatre, LA, WHAT ABOUT DiCK? is as hilarious as it is peculiar – just don’t ask anyone, including the cast, to describe the story line! Described by Idle as “Oscar Wilde on acid, or like Downton Abbey, only even funnier”, it is full of lyrical quips and a good dose of double entendre, Idle narrates in his role as The Piano. Set in the early 1900s, the young Dick (Russell Brand) is an Oxford student of philosophy and gynaecology, living with his emotionally-stunted cousin, Emma (Jane Leeves), her kleptomaniac sister Helena (Sophie Winkleman) and their dipsomaniac Aunt Maggie (Tracey Ullman).
With Tim Curry as the Reverend Whoopsie, Billy Connolly as the incomprehensible Scottish sleuth Inspector McGuffin and Jim Piddock as Sergeant Ken Russell a plot is set afoot that can be solved only by a private Dick, several years on. The magnificent Eddie Izzard wows as the inventor of the vibrator, Deepak Obi Ben Kingsley, while John Du Prez plays the piano.
Telling the story of the subsequent decline of the British Empire, as seen through the eyes of the play’s narrator, The Piano, WHAT ABOUT DiCK? is sheer and utter madness and will be available to download from 13 November 2012 exclusively from www.whataboutdick.com .
“A comic free-for-all.” Tim Curry
“It’s a huge laugh. It could rip your lungs out. People could watch
this and laugh too much and die, so that’s, that’s the danger. It’s
actually dangerous to watch this…” Eddie Izzard
“These people are people that live for laughter! They’re dangerous people to be around. They’ll do anything!” Russell Brand
“Genuinely a spirit of anarchy.” Eric Idle
“Most of the audiences have no idea what it is… They know there’s a vaguely suggestive title and they know the list of
names and that’s why they’re in here!” Billy Connolly
“The audience loves hearing those Python rhythms and
that Python language… but we’re adding ourselves to it
too and going off in riffs of madness…” Tracey Ullman
“This cast is unique. You’ll never see this cast together again doing something like this.” Eric Idle