LONDON – And now for something completely different: A comeback show from the Monty Python gang, reuniting some four decades since they last performed on a British stage.
The veteran comedy group said Thursday they are staging a one-off show at London’s O2 arena in July.
Terry Gilliam joked that the five surviving Pythons – Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and himself – decided to do the show to try to remind ourselves that we are funny and important and famous.
The important thing is we are going to be in front of 15,000 people all listening to every word we say, unlike our home life which is lonely and sad, he told The Associated Press.
That is the only reason we’re doing the show, because we’ve all become so depressed over the years that our wives don’t find us interesting, our children don’t even laugh at us anymore.
The five delighted reporters with gags and jokes, sitting behind the wrong name cards and answering questions addressed to another member. They also made plenty of references to their advanced age, saying medical attendants will be present during the show, which has the working title One down, five to go.
That’s in reference to the sixth member, Graham Chapman, who died of cancer in 1989.