With the reunions of Kids in the Hall and Mr. Show, it’s been a massive year for sketch comedy. But it’s only about to get bigger, as the surviving members of Monty Python have confirmed plans to reunite for a new stage show.
Details of the show will be revealed during a press conference scheduled for this Thursday at London’s Playhouse Theatre. It’s the same venue that currently stages Spamalot, the musical inspired by the band’s 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Since the death of Graham Chapman in 1989, reunions involving all five surviving members have been few and far between. In fact, the last time John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin all performed together was for a 1999 BBC special called Python Night.
“We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real,” Jones told 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!”
Below, watch a few classic Monty Python sketches: