And while British music was appropriately represented in the ceremony, so was British humor, thanks to Eric Idle of Monty Python fame. Idle showed up at the event ready to be shot out of a cannon, but when that didn’t work out, the comedic actor, surrounded by performers dressed as nuns, led the crowd in a rendition of “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” a tune from the comedy troupe’s film Life Of Brian.
During the live performance, Idle kept in the line “Life’s a piece of shit, when you look at it,” which caught the NBC censors off guard (NBC live-streamed the the closing ceremony online first before broadcasting it on NBC television hours later), but they bleeped it out for the television broadcast.
Another entry for British humor was Del Boy and Rodney, characters from the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, dressed as Batman and Robin coming out of a yellow Robin Reliant.
Image: Eric Idle London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony