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THE five surviving members of the iconic comedy group Monty Python are expected announce a long-awaited reunion as part of a stage show on Thursday morning.
One of the members, Terry Jones, confirmed the arrangement this morning, stating: ‘We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real.’
Eric Idle also tweeted: ‘Only three days to go till the Python press conference’.
The two men, alongside John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, last performed together at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998.
The sixth member of the act, Graham Chapman, died after a battle with cancer in 1989.
The group inspired a generation of comedians with their absurd television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus as well as a trilogy of surreal films.
Each member achieved considerable solo success, most notable Cleese who wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers, while Palin established himself as a travel documentarian.
There have been various attempts to reform over the past two decades, none of which came to fruition.
A plan to tour America in 1991 was scrapped after Palin backed out, a move which reportedly angered Idle.
Last year the group were scheduled to voice characters in the animated sci-fi film Absolutely Anything, however Cleese claimed the project was unfeasible due to the working commitments of the men.
There was indifference to the announcement in the social media sphere, with @kelvinleahy tweeting: ‘the news of a possible Monty Python reunion has literally made my day’.
@vidademigalhas announced in Spanish that ‘the worldwide mood is like a Beatles reunion’, while @Zara_Foxcroft cautiously stated: ‘The Monty Python reunion might actually beat the McBusted collaboration. Might’.
Meanwhile @rodd drew on previous experiences of classic acts reforming, declaring: ‘God NO! please don’t I don’t care how much you need the money, these things never work’.