Monty Python’s final run of 10 live shows begins this week at the O2 Arena in London, as the comedy troupe’s five remaining members wanted to go out with a bang in the country where it all started. Adding to how big of a deal this is, it’s also the first time that they’ve performed together live in 34 years, so it warranted a press conference to help build the buzz a little more. Of course, something that sold out in a matter of minutes 10 times probably didn’t need any more hype, unless they just wanted to make sure that the rest of us losers that can’t be there need to check our local theater listings to find one of the 2,000 screens that it is showing on worldwide.
But before they started dishing on any of those details, Mick Jagger introduced the press conference just so everyone knew that they were making all the jokes about old people before we could.
When it came to the details of the shows, Eric Idle confirmed that he, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Michael Palin will be playing plenty of the old classics, because they likened it to a classic rock band getting back together. “(The fans) want to hear ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together,’” Idle said, according to CNN. “So it would be folly to try to write better things than our best old work.” I fart in the general direction of anyone who’d complain about anything these guys want to perform.