Fans of the iconic British comedy series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus awoke this morning to news that has to have at least equaled King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’s feelings when their search for the Holy Grail was complete. It’s as if the dead parrot that was bereft of life has been given a second chance. It’s like the cheese shop owner suddenly had even a bit of stilton for sale.
An invite for a London press event this Thursday (as in this Thursday!) was sent to reporters early Tuesday and was cryptically labeled “Monty Python Press Conference.” “John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin invite you to join them,” it said. Word is, the reunion project that is being rumored could be a live show, tour, film or other creative project and would be the first full-time collaboration in three decades for the surviving members of the troupe. Terry Jones did confirmed the forthcoming reunion by 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!“.
While a reunion effort has been pretty much ruled out since the 1989 death of original Python member, Graham Chapman, the surviving members did briefly reunite both in 1999 and 2009 to commemorate the 30th and 40th anniversaries of the series’ BBC premiere in 1969. Not able to wait any longer for Python members to reunite on their own, Matt Stone and Trey Parker of SouthPark fame did their own tribute back in 1999 with their classic “Dead Friend Sketch”.
Longtime viewers of North Texas’ PBS station, KERA-TV, may remember that fateful day in March 1975 when four of the Monty Python troupe appeared in the Channel 13 studios for a PBS fundraising effort. KERA-TV was the first station in the U.S. to air Python setting the stage for the British comedy invasion in the U.S. that continues today.
Stay tuned to Tellyspotting for an update on any upcoming Python reunion plans!