This Thursday, many a comedy geek’s dream is set to come true, as it appears that the surviving members of Monty Python will be reuniting and doing a new stage show. A press conference has been called for tomorrow at London’s Playhouse Theatre, the same venue where Spamalot is currently being held. The Sun was the first to break the news. The five remaining members, all of them septuagenarians, agreed to reunite, with Eric Idle tweeting “only three days to go till the Python Press Conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event.” Terry Jones spoke to the BBC saying “We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real. 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!”
The five surviving members of Python are Idle, Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. Graham Chapman, the sixth member, died in 1989. The last time the five surviving members of the troupe performed together was in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Monty Python’s Flying Circus ran for four seasons, from 1969-1974, spawned several successful movies and inspired countless imitators.