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Encyclopedia > The Secret Policeman's Ball (2006)

The Secret Policeman's Ball was the title of the show staged as a benefit for human rights organization Amnesty International at London's Royal Albert Hall in October 2006. Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an non-governmental membership organization with the stated purpose of campaigning for internationally recognized human rights. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victorias husband and consort, Prince Albert. ... Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The show title was a conscious reprise of the title of the 1979 Amnesty benefit show that heralded the organization's breakthrough in public awareness and fund-raising. The 1979 show The Secret Policeman's Ball, organised by John Cleese and producer Martin Lewis, led to greater participation by comedians and rock musicians in further benefit shows for Amnesty and other social and political causes. It also led to the series of benefit shows that are informally known as The Secret Policeman's Balls. This page refers to the year 1979. ... The Secret Policemans Ball was the third of the benefit shows staged by the British Section of Amnesty International to raise funds for its research and campaign work in the human rights field. ... John Marwood Cleese (born October 27, 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England) is an English comedian and actor best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for co-writing the TV series Fawlty Towers in which he played Basil Fawlty. ... Martin Lewis is a Journalist, TV presenter and author who specialises in providing financial advice on money saving and consumer credit. ... Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ... The Secret Policemans Balls is the collective name for a series of fund raising performances featuring big-name comedians and musicians and other celebrities, held at various London venues, and once at a Nottingham television studio, to raise money for (and awareness of) Amnesty International. ...


The 2006 show was coordinated by British comedian Eddie Izzard. Internationally-known performers Izzard and actor Richard E. Grant were joined by locally-popular comedic talents including Russell Brand, Jon Culshaw, Al Murray, The Mighty Boosh and Omid Djalili. American comedic actor Chevy Chase made a cameo appearance in one skit. Music was supplied by The Zutons and The Magic Numbers. Singer Natalie Imbruglia made a cameo appearance in a routine by David Armand) spoofing her hit song Torn. The show also featured a series of computer-generated animations highlighting global political issues, including the American detention centre at Guantanamo Bay and the international arms trade. A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Edward John Izzard, better known as Eddie Izzard (born February 7, 1962) is a British cross-dressing stand-up comedian and actor who describes himself as an executive transvestite. As a comedian, he has a style of rambling, surreal monologue. ... Richard E. Grant depicted as the unofficial Ninth Doctor. ... Russell Edward Brand (born June 4, 1975 in Grays, Essex, England) is an English stand-up comedian and television personality, best known for hosting the E4 discussion show Big Brothers EForum, now known as Big Brothers Big Mouth. ... Jonathan Peter Culshaw (born June 2, 1968 in Ormskirk, Lancashire) is an English comedian and impressionist. ... Al Murray (born May 10, 1968 in Bedford, England) is an English comedian best known for his stand-up persona, the Pub Landlord, a xenophobic public house licensee. ... The Mighty Boosh logo from the TV series The Mighty Boosh is a British cult comedy which has taken on several incarnations as a series of stage shows, a BBC radio series and a BBC Three TV series. ... Omid Djalili (born September 30, 1965) is a British stand-up comedian, born to Iranian parents. ... Chevy Chase Chevy Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, writer and television and film actor. ... The Zutons are a rock band from Liverpool, England. ... The Magic Numbers are a four-piece band from England comprised of two pairs of brother and sister. ... Natalie Jane Imbruglia (pronounced eem-broo-lee-ah) (born February 4, 1975) is an Australian singer, songwriter, model and actress. ... David Armand (publicity photo) David Armand is a British comedian and actor and a member of the comedy troupe The Hollow Men. ... Guantanamo Bay may refer to: Guantanamo Bay is a jail in Cuba where innocent muslims who were accused of being in Terrorist group are held and tortured by the American soldiers. ... The arms industry is a massive global industry. ...


Certain high-profile performers such as Jennifer Saunders and Sir Ian McKellen previously advertised on Amnesty's website as confirmed participants [1] did not appear in the show, but participated as voice actors in some of the animations shown throughout. Jennifer Saunders Jennifer Jane Saunders (born July 6, 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) is an English comedian, actress, and comedy writer. ... Sir Ian McKellen takes a day out at Universal Studios, Hollywood, April 2000. ...


The show was videotaped and highlights will be broadcast by Britain's Channel Four network in the future. A DVD will be issued of the event. There was also a series of "cinecasts" in which the Royal Albert Hall event was shown live in 17 cinemas in major British cities. Channel 4 is a television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ...

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Solo comedic performers

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Al Murray (born May 10, 1968 in Bedford, England) is an English comedian best known for his stand-up persona, the Pub Landlord, a xenophobic public house licensee. ... Andrew Maxwell is an Irish stand-up comedian. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Edward John Izzard, better known as Eddie Izzard (born February 7, 1962) is a British cross-dressing stand-up comedian and actor who describes himself as an executive transvestite. As a comedian, he has a style of rambling, surreal monologue. ... Russell Edward Brand (born June 4, 1975 in Grays, Essex, England) is an English stand-up comedian and television personality, best known for hosting the E4 discussion show Big Brothers EForum, now known as Big Brothers Big Mouth. ... Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970 in Bedford, New Hampshire) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. ... Jonathan Peter Culshaw (born June 2, 1968 in Ormskirk, Lancashire) is an English comedian and impressionist. ...

Performers in comedy skits

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Chevy Chase Chevy Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, writer and television and film actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jessica Stevenson is an English actress and writer, most renowned as one of the creators of the sitcom Spaced. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Julia Davis (born 1966, Bath, Somerset, England) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... Jo Brand on Comic Relief does Fame Academy Joanne Jo Brand (born May 3, 1957) is a British feminist comedian. ... Omid Djalili (born September 30, 1965) is a British stand-up comedian, born to Iranian parents. ... Rhys Ifans [pronounced hris iv-ans] (born 22 July 1968, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire) is a Welsh actor. ... Richard E. Grant (born Richard Grant Esterhuysen on May 5, 1957) is a British actor, born in Mbabane, Swaziland. ... Seth Green as Scott Evil For the pioneer of fish farming, see Seth Green. ... Shaun Williamson (born 4 November 1965 in Maidstone, Kent, England) is a British actor. ... Ronni Ancona Ronni Ancona (born 1968 in Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland) is an impressionist who has become one of the most popular and well known entertainers in the UK. She is of Sephardic Jewish origin. ... David Armand (publicity photo) David Armand is a British comedian and actor and a member of the comedy troupe The Hollow Men. ... Natalie Jane Imbruglia (pronounced eem-broo-lee-ah) (born February 4, 1975) is an Australian singer, songwriter, model and actress. ...

Comedy ensembles

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The Mighty Boosh logo from the TV series The Mighty Boosh is a British cult comedy which has taken on several incarnations as a series of stage shows, a BBC radio series and a BBC Three TV series. ... Julian Barratt is a British comedian and actor born May 4, 1968. ... Noel Fielding (born May 21, 1973 (May 21 disputed)) is a British comedian and actor, best known for playing Vince Noir opposite Julian Barratt (Howard Moon) and brother Michael Fielding (Naboo) in the cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh. ... Green Wing is an award winning British television comedy, set in a hospital. ... Tamsin Greig is a British actress. ... Stephen Mangan Stephen Mangan, (born 22 July 1970), is an English stage, television and film actor, best known for his role in the television series Green Wing, the second series of which has recently finished airing on Channel 4. ... Julian Rhind-Tutt Julian Alistair Rhind-Tutt (born July 20, 1968) is an English film, television and radio actor, probably best known for his starring role as Dr. Mac Macartney in the comedy television series Green Wing, the second series of which has just finished on Channel 4. ... Michelle Gomez as Sue White in Green Wing Michelle Gomez is a Scottish actress, born in Glasgow. ...

Musical performers

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The Magic Numbers are a four-piece band from England comprised of two pairs of brother and sister. ... The Zutons are a rock band from Liverpool, England. ...

Other participants

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Jeremy Irons Jeremy John Irons (born September 19, 1948) is an Oscar-winning English actor. ...

External links

  • Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball site
    • Amnesty's announcement of the new show
  • UK news story about the new show
  • US news story about the new show
  • BBC News Story and audio clip

 
 

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