After an abortive attempt to produce a biopic of New Cross wrestling legend Mick McManus, featuring Peter Andre and Alex Reid, with a boob flashing cameo from Katie Price, and an unproductive period as hopelessly inept internet search diverter, 'Skoob Entertainment News' - one time supremo, Buffty Ginslinger today unveiled his latest showbiz coup.
"I'll get Cleese and Palin to reprise the dead parrot sketch, live on stage," Ginslinger enthused, as he quaffed copious quantities of absinthe in a Brixton shebeen. "Reintroduce it to the masses. I'll take it to the Anvil in Basingstoke, the BIC in Bournemouth, the London Palladium, the NEC in Birmingham, the Palace in Manchester, the Royal Court in Liverpool, the Gaiety in Brighton, and maybe even Broadway! I've written to Palin and Cleese, and if I can pull this off, the world is my fucking oyster!"
Showbiz insiders state that it's all well and good for Ginslinger to be enthusiastic about his latest brainchild, but are quick to point out that the possibility of people shelling out £40 a ticket to see a two minute sketch performed live is pushing it a bit. Even if the original artistes are involved. After all, you can see the same thing on YouTube for the price of an internet subscription.
"Yes, I got Ginslinger's letter," John Cleese told reporters. "But I shall make a point of studiously ignoring it. Every boring arse student on the planet recites that sketch when they've had a few. The whole world knows the buggering thing off by heart. I couldn't see us selling many tickets. It would be a bit like a bleeding singalong - with the one song. Nowadays I can't be arsed with all that nonsense."
Fellow Python, Michael Palin refused to speak, but a written statement was passed to various press offices, to the effect that Michael has been going pole to pole, around the rim, and around the world in eighty days for long enough, thankyou very much. And he's now had enough. He just wants to enjoy his retirement in Lowestoft, and concentrate on the Spanish Inquisition.
More as we get it.