Monty Python members will reunite for the first time in 30 years at a press conference later this week. After months of rumors it looks as though the comedy troupe may be getting together for future shows.
The popular British comedy troupe, whose members include John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones are set to announce their plans this coming Thursday at a London press conference.
A spokesman for Monty Python refused to comment on how the reunion would take place. All he would say is that there is indeed a press conference scheduled for this Thursday and the troupe will be present to discuss the possibility of working together again. There has been speculation about a live television performance, a film, or a TV special.
The announcement of Monty Python members reuniting for a future show has been expected for some time now. Founding member Terry Jones just informed the BBC last week that they are absolutely getting the group back together and they are not kidding. And troupe member Eric Idle tweeted last week that he was at a Monty Python meeting earlier that morning. Idle went on to add that the news conference is scheduled for this coming Thursday and will most likely be carried by the British broadcaster, Sky News, who will also stream the conference on the Internet.
The dynamic comedy troupe has not officially performed together since 1998 when they made an appearance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The surviving members have made unofficial appearances together over the past several years, including the 2009 premiere of ‘Monty Python: Almost the Truth (the Lawyer’s Cut)’ and in 2005 when they got together for the opening of the Broadway musical, ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot.’ Several of the members lent their voices to the 2012 documentary, ‘A Liar’s Autobiography,’ which was based on the life of founding member Graham Chapman, who passed away back in 1989.
Monty Python started out as a British television series comedy sketch show, ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ back in 1969. The show ran from 1969-1974 and produced forty five episodes. The popularity of the show led them to live stage shows and several movies, including ‘Life of Brian,’ ‘The Holy Grail,’ and the ever popular ‘The Meaning of Life.’ In late 1974 ‘Flying Circus’ made its way to PBS and to the American viewing audience who couldn’t get enough of the sketch comedy.
While rumors of a reunion tour have been heard for many years, most members of the troupe just waved them off. Eric Idle once noted that they would only get back together for a reunion show if Graham Chapman came back from the grave. Just this past February Idle halted reunion talks once again by taking to his blog to call the notion nothing more than silly talk.
Everyone will have to wait until Thursday to see if the surviving members of Monty Python do indeed plan to reunite for future shows. Rest assured that if they do it will be nothing short of brilliant.
By Mary Kay Love