They're not dead – just resting: The five surviving members of Monty Python will reunite for a brand new stage show, member Terry Jones told the BBC. "We're getting together and putting on a show – it's real," Jones said. "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!"
An official press conference is scheduled to take place this Thursday at the The Playhouse Theatre in London's West End, where Python's Spamalot, the hit musical inspired by their 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is currently running.
Rising to success in the late Sixites with their surreal sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus, the comedy troupe achieved comedy stardom in the Seventies with a string of movies, including Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. The Python's subsequently went on to successful solo careers as actors, directors and/or writers. But following the death of Graham Chapman in 1989, a full-on reunion became less likely. They did make an appearance at the Aspen Comedy Fest in 1998 and the five surviving Pythons members came together for the 30th anniversary of Flying Circus, with a brand new special, Python Night, that aired on the BBC in 1999.
Though British tabloid the Sun broke the story, Eric Idle all but confirmed the reunion on Twitter yesterday as well, writing: "Only three days to go till the Python press conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event." He added today, "Python meeting this morning. Can't wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I'll get you the online URL."