After years of "secret talks" and fizzled rumors, Monty Python is finally, officially reuniting — for real, this time.
"We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," Terry Jones confirmed to the BBC. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
First announced by The Sun, the reunion is expected to feature all five surviving members — Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin — performing their first official stage show since the '80s.
Though the troupe is remaining tight-lipped about the specifics ahead of a planned press conference scheduled for this Thursday, rumor has it the stage show is just the beginning, with a TV and/or film deal to follow.
The five Pythons were last seen together in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival, where they recorded a sit-down interview and performed a few bits.
Graham Chapman, the sixth Python, passed away in 1989 of cancer. He "joined" the other members on stage at the Aspen appearance in the form of a urn full of ashes, which Gilliam "accidentally" knocked over.
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