Monty Python return

It’s true. Monty Python’s Flying Circus will soar once again, rising like a scorched parrot from self-imposed comedy exile to reform for a new stage show.

There will be a press conference held at 12pm on Thursday where the full details will be revealed. A reunion has been dismissed many times in the past, often by John Cleese, whose participation in the many tribute shows has shown Cleese, sometimes serious, sometimes less so, proclaim no interest in reuniting. A full reunion is, of course, impossible as Graham Chapman, one of the tallest members of the team, died in 1989.

Eric Idle, a recently prolific Twitterer, has laid some whopping clues that the team were planning something big for a while now. Three days ago he tweeted,

If you stay tuned I will tweet the big news the minute I am able. 21st 12 noon. Press Conference in UK. All good.

Several less than cryptic tweets along those lines followed and the Murdoch papers are claiming exclusives that a press conference is indeed coming on Thursday, the BBC have since got confirmation from Terry Jones that,

…We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real.

So we are due to get more Monty Python, this is huge news for fans of the comedy team who haven’t appeared together as a group since the 1998 Aspen comedy festival (see below for the most famous moment of that particular appearance – the ashes in question are of Graham Chapman, who had died nine years earlier).

We’ll keep you up to date with the new show as we get them.