If anyone ever needed a reason to find the time to look on the bright side of life, that moment in time arrived Thursday morning following the little get together at London’s Playhouse Theatre. In announcing their forthcoming reunion that will take place in London at the O2 Arena on 1 July, the surviving Python members, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones said, in true Python fasion, that they wanted to see if they “…were still funny“.
Long overdue in my book, since it has been more than 30 years since the Pythons last performed together (Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, September 1980) and 40 years since they last performed on stage in the UK, the show, according to John Cleese will include both popular sketches such as the classic Dead Parrot sketch and “some new material“. Eric Idle, who will direct, said that the audience should expect “comedy, pathos, music and a tiny piece of ancient sex“.
What was abundantly clear after listening to the press conference is that they will not be performing any new Neil Diamond songs. See? I told you to always look on the bright side of life. Tickets go on sale on 25 November.