Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monty Python to reunite for stage show

19 November 2013 Last updated at 17:16 GMT

All of the surviving members of comedy group Monty Python are to reform for a stage show, one of the Pythons, Terry Jones, has confirmed.

"We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," Jones told the BBC.

"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 reunion is expected to be announced officially at a press conference being held in London on Thursday.

John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Jones are all due to appear at the event, which was first revealed in the Sun.

Eric Idle also tweeted on Monday: "Only three days to go till the Python press conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event."

He added on Tuesday: "Python meeting this morning. Can't wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I'll get you the online URL."

Actor and musician Neil Innes - who worked with the Pythons and appeared in the films Life of Brian and Holy Grail said it was "a surprise".

"The idea of John doing the silly walks with two false hips is very amusing," he told the BBC.

"They influenced everyone in their generation," he continued, "It was the shock of the new. When we were schoolboys, that was The Goon Show. Then they came along, just after the Beatles and they were like the Beatles of comedy."

Comic actor and Python fan David Schneider told BBC 5 live that he took news of the reunion with mixed emotions.

"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."

The last time the five remaining members of the iconic comedy group appeared together was in 2009 at their fortieth anniversary celebrations in New York.

The sixth member of the comedy troupe, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.


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