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.
Python meeting this morning. Can't wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I'll get you the online URL.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) November 19, 2013
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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