Lateral Events is delighted that Michael Palin, iconic comedian, actor, writer and television travel presenter, has accepted our invitation to tour Australia in December with a new live show.

Monty Python, the Beatles of comedy, epitomized the innate ability to take good ideas and compress them into diamonds. The Argument Clinic, the Fish-Slapping Dance, The Spanish Inquisition and The Lumberjack Song…

Think about Monty Python and a myriad of conflicting sketches crash into your mind: The Dead Parrot, Nudge Nudge, Argument Clinic, Hell’s Grannies, The Lumberjack Song, The Killer Joke. Then come the quotes: ‘Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!’, ‘What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow’, ‘It’s just a scratch, I’ve had worse’, ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’, ‘He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy’.

Add Ripping Yarns, A Fish Called Wanda and travel; Around the World in 80 Days, Himalaya, Pole to Pole and Brazil.

Michael Palin will re-live his legendary comedic repertoire before delving into his latest project, a change of pace and focus; documenting the maritime adventures of HMS Erebus.

Erebus was part of a successful 19th-century British expedition to the Antarctic which set out from Hobart, but later met her doom in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada’s Arctic. Franklin’s disastrous 1845 expedition saw the sinking of both the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror after they became trapped by ice. The entire expedition, comprising 129 men including Franklin, was lost.

Michael Palin will describe what life was like for the officers and crew who froze and starved to death in the Arctic wastes, driven to cannibalism and poisoned by the food that they hoped would sustain them.

“The story of the life and death of HMS Erebus appeals to me on many levels. It combines my love of the sea and ships, my fascination with those who went where no-one had been before, and my conviction that history is made by accident rather than intention” said Palin.


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Date City Venue
Tuesday 4 December Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre SOLD OUT
Wednesday 5 December Sydney Enmore Theatre SOLD OUT
Thursday 6 December Brisbane South Bank Piazza SOLD OUT

VIP Afterlife Club Meet & Greet Tickets Available Now!

Join Michael Palin in the ‘Afterlife Club’ for a glass of wine and some antipasti as he winds down after the show. Chat about absolutely anything, have the obligatory photo and enjoy the intimate setting.


  • VIP Ticket (best seats in the house, front rows)
  • Afterlife Club with Michael Palin post show with wines, beers, soft drinks and antipasti
  • Signed copy of Erebus – The Story of a Ship
  • A professional photographer will take photos of Michael Palin with guests


Book here for VIP Afterlife Club Meet & Greet Tickets


Terms & Conditions

Michael Palin’s book ‘Erebus – The Story of a Ship’ published by Penguin Random House will be available in October.