A Monty Python reunion onstage was announced today.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Monty Python just recently celebrated their 40th “birthday”.
Classic sketch comedy pioneers John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin first met wild success with Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which aired from 1969 to 1974. Then the group decided to take on the silver screen with Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.
They also approved of the theatrical Spamalot, a spin off of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The comedy troupe has not performed together since 1998, when they did skits at the Aspen Comedy Festival.
Exact details have not been released, but the rumor mill says that they will be reprising some of their best skits. Eric Idle, creator of Spamalot tweeted that fans should look for a “big forthcoming news event.” The Sun also jumped the gun with the headline “Monty Python Flies Again.” No official announcement has been made, but one is planned for a conference in London Thursday.
Terry Jones, of course has much to say about the upcoming Monty Python reunion:
“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!”
Comedian and fan David Schneider gives his take on the news:
“The worry is, what if its rubbish, as you get older and wealthier and part of the establishment, you lose your edge comedically. I’m sure they’ll do new stuff, I’d be very disappointed if its all old sketches.”
John Cleese has also done many solo projects, including the hit film A Fish Called Wanda, and other Python members have kept busy as well. Michael Palin does documentaries, Terry Gilliam has directed several major films, and Terry Jones has worked as a screenwriter, with a credit for scripting Labyrinth.
Monty Python’s sixth member, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in 1989. Although, knowing how these guys operate, it’s possible they could stage a joke from beyond the grave.
So will you be seeing the Monty Python Reunion onstage?