Monty Python to reunite for stage show
19 November 2013 Last updated at 12:16 ET
“We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real.” That’s what Terry Jones told the BBC to confirm that all of the surviving members of Monty Python will be reuniting for a live stage show. The John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones are due to appear at the event. The sixth member of the group, Graham Chapman, died in 1989. The last time the whole gang was together was in 2009 at their fortieth anniversary festivities in New York. In response to the announcement Neil Innes and actor and musician who worked with the Pythons told the BBC, “The idea of John doing the silly walks with two false hips is very amusing.” The first episode of the groundbreaking, controversial, and influential sketch comedy show was broadcast on October 5, 1969. In between filming of the third and fourth seasons of the TV show, the group made Monty Python and the Holy Grail, perhaps the greatest movie ever made. Their next film was Life of Brian, which ruffled more than a few feathers, followed by The Meaning of Life in 1983. Each member of the group enjoyed a successful solo career and continued to collaborate with each other. The show will run from July 1st through 5th, four more performances were added when the first show sold out 43.5 seconds after tickets went on sale. The four additional shows sold out in 55 minutes, with 14,500 seats offered at each show. The group has not been without troubles, though. When Holy Grail was reworked into the stage musical Spamalot in 2005, Mark Forstater who produced the film claimed he was underpaid royalties due since the stage show started. Earlier this year he won the High Court case against the Pythons.
After a semester of mass executions, violent repression of protesters, North Korean shenanigans, and Islamist extremists, I thought it would be nice to end on a comedic note. I’m thankful for the many hours of laughing ‘til my sides hurt, the never ending entertainment of quoting the classic lines (It’s only a flesh wound), even for the awkward moments while watching with my kids. So, for your enjoyment and mine, I offer…The Dead Parrot Sketch.