A Monty Python reunion has been confirmed by a member of the legendary British comedic troupe, Terry Jones.
Monty Python’s five surviving members, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones, are all set to attend a press conference in London on Thursday, which will announce the news.
Jones jumped the gun a little bit though, admitting to the BBC that the fivesome are going to reunite for an as yet untitled production. “We’re getting together and putting on a show, it’s real,” stated the comedian. “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.”
Many of them sent out a number of cryptic tweets which have hinted at their reunion over the last few days. Eric Idle admitted, via the social network site, Twitter, on Tuesday that there had been a “Python meeting this morning.” He also added, “Can’t wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I’ll get you the online URL.”
This came after he noted on Monday, “Only three days to go till the Python press conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event.”
The last time that all the remaining members of Monty Python appeared on stage together was at the 1998 Aspen Comedy Festival.
Alongside Graham Chapman, who died from cancer at the age of 48 in 1989, Jones, Cleese, Idle, Gilliam, and Palin created some of the most iconic comedic television shows and films ever.
The six members all met through university, before they progressed and honed their craft while working on a number of BBC programs. They then created Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which was originally broadcast on October 5, 1969. The program was an outlandish and zany sketch show that reinvented the genre and went on to influence a plethora of writers and comedians across the globe.
After 45 episodes, they then moved into movies, and their projects included, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, each of which were critically lauded and cemented their place as comedic landmarks.
The comedy troupe eventually split up in 1983. However, each Python went on to succeed in a variety of different fields, while some of them even reconciled for other movie projects, including Cleese and Palin, who both appeared in A Fish Called Wanda.
Are you looking forward to Monty Python’s reunion?