Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

The song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is from a 1979 film, featuring which comedy group?

And the answer: Monty Python.

Photo credit: Variety

"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is a comedy song written by Monty Python member Eric Idle, that was first featured in the 1979 Monty Python film Life of Brian. In the United Kingdom, the song has become a common singalong at sporting events and even funerals.

Life of Brian tells the story of a young Jewish man named Brian, who is born next door to, and on the same day as, Jesus. It ends with this very happy song, as Brian hangs on a cross and someone next to him tries to cheer him up. The song struck a chord with its British audience, as it played upon common British traits of stoicism even in the face of imminent danger. It quickly rose in the charts to become the number one song played at funerals in the UK. Eric Idle performed the iconic anthem at the closing of the 2012 Winter Olympics.

At the time of its creation, Python was playing in dangerous waters. The group knew they had to tread lightly on the subject of religion, but stay true to the goal of making their audience laugh. So, they decided to the crucifixion at the end of Life of Brian with a song. Check out its film debut below:

As well as Eric Idle's 2012 Winter Olympics performance.

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