Rumours about Monty Python’s Flying Circus being as expired as that stiff bird in the classic dead parrot sketch are apparently highly exaggerated. But former member Terry Jones has spilled the beans about a possible reunion.
"I'm quite excited about it,” said Jones to the BBC in a story that appeared online Tuesday. “I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
A media conference has been slated for Thursday about what Jones and surviving members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin plan to do, although scuttlebutt has it that the project will consist of a live stage show.
The last time the entire troupe performed together was at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1988. Original member Graham Chapman, however, died of cancer the following year.
The Globe and Mail indicated that the surviving members are all in their 70s, which may hint that the endeavor might involve more tongue-in-cheek humour than physical comedy.
Regardless, Monty Python, has been cutting up the multitudes ever since their TV sketch show premiered on the BBC in 1969. The show ran for four season and spawned several movies including "And Now For Something Completely Different," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and "Life of Brian."
The CBC reports that all five surviving members will attend Thursday media conference, slated to be at West End's Playhouse Theatre in London. Not surprisingly, that's where their musical, "Monty Python's Spamalot" is also running.