“Monty Python, are they still going?” Mick Jagger asks unwittingly in the hilarious intro video for Monty Python. “That’s pretty amazing. They must be coining it. I bet it’s expensive. Who wants to see that again, really? It was really funny in the Sixties.” And on and on he goes, whining about “wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money,” and even saying, “The best one died years ago.” Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts just looks over and winces at the vocalist as Jagger prattles off the group’s Sixties hits for a set list. He even agrees to do the “Dead Parrot Sketch.” Who says Jagger can’t take a very dry joke?
The video heralded the start of a Monty Python press conference covering their upcoming run of 10 reunion shows in early July. Group member Michael Palin joked with journalists that the troupe had taken inspiration from 70-year-old Jagger’s energy for their reunion. “A kind of madness takes over,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “You just leap about at a certain point.”
“Our version of ‘Brown Sugar’ is far better,” member Terry Gilliam added.
They’ve dubbed the shows “Monty Python Live (Mostly),” as a dry reference to member Graham Chapman, who died in 1989. The last time they all performed together was in 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl. The final date of the reunion tour will be broadcast in movie theaters around the world on July 20th.
“It is a world event and that’s really quite exciting,” Idle told journalists, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It means we’re actually going to say goodbye publicly on one show. Nobody ever has the chance to do that. The Beatles didn’t get a last good night.”