The Pythons are back with a bang!
The comedy troupe promise a sexy, high-octane show, despite most of them being in their seventies.
On Tuesday, Monty Python’s John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin are set to perform together in the U.K. for the first time in 40 years.
During a press conference at the London Palladium on the eve of the world premiere of “Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go” at The O2 Arena, John Cleese summarized the show as “somewhere between a theatre show and a rock show.”
That description was fitting, as Mick Jagger himself made an appearance (via a video sketch, and alongside a bemused and silent Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts) to send up the five comedians on their reunion: “Monty Python – are they still going?” laughs Jagger in the clip. “It was funny in the Sixties, but they’re still a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money.”
For Cleese at least, the decision to do the 10-date live show was party due to financial reasons. “I’m still paying off the alimony, so I could certainly do with the money,” he said. Cleese divorced his third wife, psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger, in 2008, reportedly paying over $23 million in alimony.
“We have sold more tickets than Glastonbury, which I think is pretty impressive,” revealed Idle, adding that “the first date sold out in 44 seconds!”
The final show on July 20 – “The Last Night of the Pythons” – will be broadcast live into 564 cinemas around the U.K. and 1,800 cinemas in 39 countries worldwide. In the U.S. it will be broadcast via the Sundance channel.