Monty Python reunion show sells out in 43 seconds

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By Peter Wilkinson

LONDON (CNN) — The Monty Python reunion show on July 1 next year sold out in 43.5 seconds when tickets went on sale on Monday morning, the PR agency for the event announced.

More shows were announced for July 2-5 at London’s O2 arena, Neil Reading PR said. The performance will be the five surviving stars’ first show on stage together since appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1980.

Tickets are priced from £32 ($51) to £106 ($171) including booking fees, with full details announced on the troupe’s website

John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and the late Graham Chapman became comedic legends with the creation of Monty Python’s Flying Circus in October 1969. They produced 45 TV episodes for the BBC and five films together before going their separate ways in 1983.

The shows mostly consisted of a string of barely coherent sketches, often lacking conventional punch lines and loosely tied together by Gilliam’s stream of consciousness animations.

Although the TV show ran for only four seasons, it proved a massive cult hit when it was shown in the United States beginning in 1974 — just as the show was winding up on the other side of the Atlantic.

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  • Eric Anderson

    Remember when the meter reader comes over to “read your poet”?

    “Morning, madame. I’ve come to read your poet.”

    “Oh, yes, he’s in the cupboard under the stairs.”

    “What is it? A Swinbourne? Shelley?”

    “No, Wordsworth.”

    “Oh. Bloody daffodils, then.”

  • Eric Anderson

    “I’ve got Thomas Hardy in the bedroom. I’d like you to have a look at him.”

    “Oh, I can’t touch him. He’s a novelist.”

    “But he keeps mumbling all night!”

    “Well, novelists do, you see.”

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