November 20, 2013 in Nation/World

Monty Python plan to reunite in stage show

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From left, actors Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle at the New York premiere of “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyers Cut)” in 2009.
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They are all officially senior citizens – and so are many of their fans – but that isn’t stopping the surviving members of Monty Python from planning a reunion that is expected to take the form of a stage show.

Members of the beloved British comedy group are expected to announce this week that they are reuniting for a new stage production. Eric Idle said on his Twitter account that a news conference will be held in London on Thursday.

It remains unclear if the show will feature new comedy material and how the Monty Python members will be involved.

Monty Python launched its BBC television sketch show in 1969. Together, they have created movies – most famously, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in 1974 – as well as stage productions.

The surviving members of the group include Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Comedian-writer Graham Chapman died in 1989.

No conservatorship for ailing Kasem

Casey Kasem is receiving good medical care and a conservatorship is unnecessary for the ailing radio personality, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Lesley Green urged lawyers to reach an agreement that would allow three of Kasem’s adult children to visit their father, who is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease. Kasem’s children have said they are being blocked from seeing their father by his wife of more than 30 years, Jean.

Kasem’s daughter Julie was seeking a temporary conservatorship for her father, but Green rejected that effort Tuesday. She cited reports by investigators and doctors who said Kasem was receiving by all accounts good medical treatment in his home.

The judge told lawyers to try to work out an agreement for visitation by Kasem’s children.

The birthday bunch

Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 88. Actress Estelle Parsons is 86. Comedian Dick Smothers is 75. Singer Norman Greenbaum is 71. Vice President Joe Biden is 71. Actress Veronica Hamel is 70. Singer Joe Walsh is 66. Actor Richard Masur is 65. Actress Bo Derek is 57. Actress Sean Young is 54. Pianist Jim Brickman is 52. Actress Ming-Na is 50. Rapper Mike D (The Beastie Boys) is 48. Rapper Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) is 48. Actor Joel McHale is 42. Country singer Josh Turner is 36. Actress Ashley Fink (TV: “Glee”) is 27. Rock musician Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) is 27.

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