Monty Python will reunite for the first time since the 1980s, bringing together all the comedy troupe’s members save Graham Chapman, who has, after some protracted negotiation, insisted on remaining dead. The news, first reported by The Sun, was teased in a pair of tweets by Eric Idle, in which he said the group would be holding a press conference Thursday to reveal exactly what the reunion would entail—though Terry Jones tells 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!” While it’s still unknown whether this means a live show consisting of old or new material, or simply the members of Python sitting quietly on stage while Terry Jones makes his mortgage payments, there are rumors it could lead to more TV appearances, or even the troupe’s first movie since The Meaning Of Life.
The group reunited in voice only for the animated Graham Chapman biopic A Liar’s Autobiography and the Robin Williams talking-dog movie Absolutely Anything, though both of these were minus Eric Idle, who’s had something of a rift with the group over Spamalot. All that seems to be sorted now, however—unless the “reunion” is just a ruse for the other Pythons to finally get in a room with Eric Idle, then fish-slap him silly.