Monty Python to reunite in NYC
The five surviving members of Britain’s Monty Python comedy troupe reunite for a 40th anniversary gala in New York, where they will accept a British award and help launch a documentary.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced Wednesday it’s presenting its Special Award to the comedy group whose sketch show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, was first broadcast on Oct. 5, 1969.
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin are to attend the event on Oct. 15. The sixth Python, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.
“I believe these trinkets are more important than people think,” Cleese said in a statement.
The gala is co-hosted by the Independent Film Channel (IFC), which is airing the new six-part documentary, Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) in October.
“It promises to be a rare and memorable occasion bringing the hugely talented Monty Python team together again, and we feel that the Special Award is a fitting tribute to this much-loved and singularly British institution,” said BAFTA chair David Parfitt.
The Python team, who all have since gone on to successful solo careers, also made several movies including Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Idle is the brains behind the Broadway smash Spamalot, which he adapted from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.