Britain's Nicest Man talks global travel and Monty Python
World travelling actor, writer, TV presenter, funnyman and all round top bloke Michael Palin CBE, FRGS, heads to Australasia in 2015 by invitation of Lateral Events, in a new live show; Michael Palin Live on Stage.
Celebrating the publication of volume three of his written diaries, Travelling to Work 1988-1998, Palin will present a whistle-stop tour of his global adventures, covering all the good stuff as well as the cock-ups, the wonders and wash-outs and the beauties and the beasts, accompanied by a selection of imagery and photographic shots taken over the course of his eight TV travel series documentaries.
In the second half of the show, Palin dives into the other side of his entertainment career, focusing on his love of comedy, discussing his famed role in Monty Python, whose sketches 'Argument Clinic', 'Dead Parrot', 'The Lumberjack Song' and 'The Spanish Inquisition' propelled the British comedy group to worldwide fame with Monty Python's Flying Circus in the 1970s.
Palin's career continued past one of Britain's most famed comedy exports going on to co-write television comedy series Ripping Yarns, and also starring in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam, with a notable appearance in A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
His television credits include two films for the series Great Railway Journeys, and the plays East of Ipswich, Number 27 and Alan Bleasdale's GBH. Alongside his eight very successful travel series, Palin has written bestselling books to accompany each adventure: Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya, New Europe and Brazil. Palin is also the author of a number of children's stories, the play The Weekend and two novels; Hemingway's Chair and The Truth. He has also published two volumes of his acclaimed diaries, 1969-1979: The Python Years (2006) and Halfway to Hollywood, Diaries 1980-1988 (2009).
Palin recently finished filming a starring role in a three-part drama series for the BBC called Remember Me, and in July, stepped foot on stage with his fellow Python's once more in a ten-night sell-out show Monty Python Live at the 02 Arena in London.
Palin, often referred to as "Britain's Nicest Man" kicks off his Australasian tour in Auckland, New Zealand on 17 February, moving onto Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and finally Melbourne on 4 March 2015: