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IFC.com live-streaming Monty Python reunion tonight

A long-awaited Monty Python reunion takes place in New York tonight, but if you aren’t one of the lucky few in the audience, IFC.com will be streaming the Q&A with the audience live at 9 p.m. ET tonight.

If dead parrots, silly walks and knights who say “Ni!” make you smile fondly, then you’re a Monty Python fan. The British comedy troupe will be recalling their glory days when they all reunite tonight in New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre. A Q&A with the audience will follow the premiere of their new documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut).

While the doc will begin airing later this month on IFC and Bravo (in Canada), Thursday night’s Q&A will be broadcast live on the IFC.com at 9 p.m. ET. It may be the first time the Monty Python troupe has been live-streamed on the Web.

The surviving members of the comedy group — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — are celebrating their 40th anniversary with the release of the six-episode Almost the Truth. The film features archival footage of the troupe, and includes never-before-seen material and interviews on what inspired and motivated the trailblazing comedians.

The doc also lets other celebrities share their opinions about Monty Python. Guest celebs in the doc include Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, Hugh Hefner, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Roth and Seth Green.

IFC will air the doc in three two-hour blocks, beginning Oct. 18. The Canadian channel Bravo will broadcast it starting Oct. 24.

Monty Python rose to fame in the 1970s with their TV show Flying Circus. They reached wider audiences with their films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and Meaning of Life. They disbanded in 1983 to pursue solo projects. They have yet to perform as a troupe since then, but tonight’s live-stream of the Q&A and the upcoming six-hour documentary will be the closest Python fans will get to a reunion.

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