Monty Python is holding a press conference on Thursday — reportedly to announce their reunion after 30 years for a live stage show.
Clockwise from left: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam (front) from The Holy Grail.
Grab your coconuts and bring out your dead: five of the original Monty Python troupe will be reuniting for a live Monty Python stage show. Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are expected to announce the production tomorrow at a press event — but Jones has already confirmed it to the BBC.
"We're getting together and putting on a show — it's real," Jones said. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
Of the six members of the original cast, only Graham Chapman will be not participating, having passed away in 1989.
Eric Idle has also tweeted about the press event, noting that it will be broadcast live on Sky News:
Only three days to go till the Python Press Conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) November 18, 2013
Python meeting this morning. Can't wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I'll get you the online URL.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) November 19, 2013
Monty Python's irreverent sketch-comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus, which ran from 1969 to 1971, popularised a peculiarly British form of absurdist surrealism and has become an absolute comedy classic. Between 1971 and 1983, the troupe also produced five films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. If you are so dreadfully unlucky as to have never experienced the magnificence of Monty Python, the troupe began uploading their own sketches to YouTube in 2008 so that fans can watch them for free — a move that increased their DVD sales by 23,000 per cent.
Whether or not the production will tour outside of Britain is anyone's guess, but we're certainly crossing out fingers. While we wait for the official announcement, we'll be going over some of our old favourite sketches...