The Road to Mars
A Post-Modem Novel
By Eric Idle
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375703126, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 10, 2000
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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."
Eric Idle lives in Los Angeles, California.
"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