Monty Python reunion show sells out in 43 seconds

Monty Python reunion show sells out in 43 seconds

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British comedy troupe Monty Python, (L-R) Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese pose for a photograph during a media event in central London on November 21, 2013. Cue endless jokes about resting parrots -- the five surviving members of Monty Python, Britain's cult comedy troupe, announced on November 21 they will take to the stage again next year, three decades after their last performance together. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

LONDON -- 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 montyphythonlive.com. Hours after they went on sale, tickets were on sale through the auction site eBay at £750.

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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