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From left: Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland and John Cleese of the comedy troop Monty Python are seen at a photo call, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 in London. They are reuniting for a project. (Photo by Jim Ross/InvisionAP Images)
Monty Python tickets sell out in 43 seconds; more shows added
First Published Nov 25 2013 10:14 am • Last Updated Nov 25 2013 12:35 pm

CNN is reporting the Monty Python reunion show set for July 2014 in London sold out in 43 seconds, prompting producers to add four more shows.

In addition to the show scheduled for July 1 at the O2 Arena, shows were added for July 2-5. The arena holds an audience of up to 20,000 people.

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The performances will mark the reunion of the five surviving Monty Python stars — Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones — since they last appeared together at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1980.

CNN reported that after tickets for the first show sold out, some for as little as $51, they quickly began to show up on eBay for as much as $1,212.

Tickets for the newly added shows will be the same as the first, ranging in price from $51 to $171.

Last week the Pythons said the London show will include animation, material that had never been performed live before, and some of their best-loved sketches — including the "dead parrot" and the "crunchy frog" skits from their heyday.

The group had its first big success with the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV show, which ran from 1969 until 1974, winning fans around the world with its bizarre sketches.

It branched out into movies including "Life of Brian" in 1979 and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in 1975 — both often cited among the funniest movies of all time — and backed theatrical shows such as "Monty Python’s Spamalot."

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