Monty Python Reviving a Dead Parrot?
By Kimberley Coughlin
December 11, 2013

Fans of Monty Python will be excited to hear that the group is reuniting for their first live show in over 24 years. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin originally formed the surreal comedy group in 1969. Together, they produced four hugely successful seasons (or “series” as the Brits would say) on the BBC, five films, a Broadway musical and numerous albums. It's hard to imagine a world without The Knights Who Say "Ni" or The Funniest Joke in the World.

Everyone has their favorite Monty Python bit, but the Parrot Sketch (aka “Pet Shop Sketch” or “Dead Parrot Sketch”), in which a customer (played by Cleese) unsuccessfully tries to return a dead bird to the fraudulent shopkeep (played by Palin), is arguably the most well-known.

The sketch was originally written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman; sadly, Chapman passed away in 1989, after a battle with tonsil and spinal cancers. He was only 48 years old. While a reunion has been rumored countless times, the remaining Pythons claimed—most times in a joking manner befitting the funny men—that they would not do so without Chapman; that is, until now. Maybe they were all just “shagged out from a long squawk.”

The Pythons recently announced that they will, indeed, reunite on stage next summer. In the meantime, they’re getting back into step with one another. Quick! Someone get the Foot of Cupid to squash any egos!

The group's established success begs the question—will they be getting the band back together to perform songs off a new album? Or will The Pythons try to revive a dead parrot?