Eric Idle brings 'Not the Messiah' to Carnegie Hall

December 17, 2014 8:21 PM

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During a time of year when Handel's "Messiah" is frequently presented around the world, Eric Idle of Monty Python fame brought "Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)" to Carnegie Hall, a comedic oratorio based on the movie "The Life of Brian."

From the opening overture of John Philip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell" — familiar as the theme of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC from 1969-74 — the audience laughed loudly and repeatedly Tuesday night through the second of two shows at the New York City premiere performances.

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