Monty Python Reunion Bringing Back Troupe's 5 Surviving Members

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 09:11 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A Monty Python reunion is in the works as the surviving five members of the famous British television comedy-sketch group, known for their unusual routines that range from the absurd to surreal, will be reuniting for the first time in 30 years.

The comic troupe, consisting of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, will reportedly be revisiting their famous "Flying Circus" show. The sixth member, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in 1989.

The official announcement will come Thursday at a press conference in London, the Telegraph reported. It is unclear at this point whether or not the reunion show will consist of a series of live performances, TV special or film.

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First aired on the BBC in October 1969, Monty Python's "Flying Circus" TV series lasted just five years, however it gave way to a series of sketch-based stage shows between 1974 and 1980 and five films including, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in 1975, "Monty Python's Life of Brian" in 1979, and "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" in 1983.

In 2005, Monty Python's "Spamalot," a musical comedy, opened up on Broadway before touring in more than a dozen countries. The musical, which won three Tony Awards, was based on the "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" film, but was not written by the British comedians themselves.

On Monday, original Monty Python cast member Eric Idle promoted the announcement on Twitter.

Britain's Mirror noted that Idle had in the past joked: "We would only do a reunion if Chapman came back from the dead. So we're negotiating with his agent."

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