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article imageNo Joke: Monty Python sells 20K tickets in 43.5 seconds

By Angela Atkinson     Nov 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Who knew that Monty Python would still be hot enough more than 30 years after their last performance to sell 20,000 tickets in under a minute?
You may have heard that the remaining members of Monty Python, including John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, announced that they were getting back together last week.
When the bawdy veteran comedy troupe’s July 1 show tickets hit the sale block Monday in London, they sold out in less than one minute—that’s 43.5 seconds, specifically, according to a spokesperson for the group.
While it was originally supposed to be just a single show, as far as anyone knew, immediately after tickets sold out, the story changed. Four more previously unannounced shows hit the sales channels.
Whether it was clever marketing or a pure understanding of the group’s still-powerful pull over its ever-growing fanbase, the numbers speak for themselves.
All five dates sold out within an hour, according to a release from Agence France-Presse.
After the first show sold out, a Monthy Python spokesman said. “Four further shows immediately went on sale: 2-5 July. All shows sold out within 55 minutes.”
"It's totally amazing,” group member Eric Idle said. “I don't think we realised quite how much Python is loved round the world.”
The 20,000 seats were originally sold for about $150 each, but resale sites were reportedly offering the tickets for as much as $2600 within minutes of the sale opening and closing.
Interesting point of note: these upcoming concerts will mark the troupe’s first on-stage performance in more than 30 years. The last time they all played a major show was at the 1980 Hollywood Bowl.
Time flies when you’re having fun.
The group will perform some of their most famous sketches at the upcoming concerts, including the “dead parrot sketch,” according to what they said at last week’s press conference, though Cleese ruled out a re-run of his Ministry of Silly Walks, noting that his artificial knee and hip would remove all chance of that particular routine.
While the group said they will miss performing with sixth Python Graham Chapman, who died of cancer in 1989 at the age of 48, each felt that he would still be on-stage with them in spirit.
"We've told him we're going on and if there is a God, he'll be turning up,” Idle added.
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