With Monty Python's Flying Circus
, Eric Idle proved he was one of the funniest people in the world. And with The Road to Mars
he reaffirms this with a raucously sidesplitting vengence.
Muscroft and Ashby are a comedy team on "The Road to Mars," an interplanetary vaudeville circuit of the future. Accompanied by Carlton, a robot incapable of understanding irony but driven to learn the essence of humor, Alex and Lewis bumble their way into an intergalactic terrorist plot. Supported by a delicious cast, including a micropaleontologist narrator (he studies the evolutionary impact of the last ten minutes) and the ultra-diva Brenda Woolley, The Road to Mars
is a fabulous trip through Eric Idle's inimitable world, a "universe expanding at the speed of laughter."
"I laughed, I cried, and then I read the book." -Steve Martin
"Filled with intelligent observations about comedy and comedians, and enough one-liners to keep a funnyman in gigs past Pluto." -The New York Times
"[A] thumping good story." The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Dazzling. . . . The language, the jokes, the problems and foibles of his characters are purely of our time." -Los Angeles Times