Monty Python to Reunite for First Stage Show in Decades

After years of "secret talks" and fizzled rumors, Monty Python is finally, officially reuniting โ€” 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 โ€” Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin โ€” 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.

[photo via AP]