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Monty Python members plan reunion

Nov. 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM ET

Could British comedy group Monty Python be reuniting? It's starting to sound like it.

A spokesperson for the group told The Independent that the Pythons will be "unveiling their plans to work together again" at a Thursday press conference in London, but no other details were available yet. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, invitations to the conference were sent to reporters Tuesday: "John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin invite you to join them," said the invitation, listing the group's members. (Graham Chapman, who was also in Python, died in 1989.)

Python member Idle has been tweeting hints for a few days now, with one on Tuesday morning pointing to the press conference specifically. 

And fellow member Jones told the BBC, "We're getting together and putting on a show — it's real. 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!"

A reunion would mark the team's first project together in 30 years.

Monty Python is best known in the United States as the droll, often surreal troupe behind the sketch show "Monty Python's Flying Circus," which ran for 45 episodes from 1969 to 1974. They also made a handful of films, including "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), "Life of Brian" (1979) and "The Meaning of Life" (1983). 

The successful stage musical "Spamalot," which debuted on Broadway in 2005, was based on "Holy Grail."

Though the members of Python have not collaborated on a project in three decades, they have occasionally worked together ("A Fish Called Wanda," from 1988, starred Cleese and Palin, for example). And in 2009, IFC's six-part documentary series "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (Lawyer's Cut)" featured all five surviving members speaking of their years with the group, and all turned out at a special film-length premiere of the documentary at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.

Python fans are undoubtedly hopeful for a return to the group's glory days, but little has come out of previous reunion rumors. In 2012, Idle noted on his blog, "(T)hese Python rumors are just bollocks. Some greedy bastard producer in Hollywood floating an idea."


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