Eric Idle Is Here To Make The Closing Ceremony Mildly Tolerable

About seven hours into the Closing Ceremony on Sunday (maybe it was 10, I sort of blacked out for a while there), a gentleman came out to a giant cannon and climbed inside, in preparation of being shot through the air. That didn't end up working out so well.

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Turns out that it was all a sham, as that human cannonball was none other than beloved Monty Pythonist Eric Idle!

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Eric took some time to lead the massive Olympic Stadium crowd in a singalong of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" before paying a visit to the Ministry of Silly Dances. You know what it's time for now: GIF PARTY!

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It was a welcome surprise in an otherwise bizarre and unsettling Closing Ceremony. Certainly better than some sort of Spanish Inquisition.

For ongoing coverage of the Closing Ceremony, stick with our Closing Ceremony StoryStream. For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.

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