Having another ball

Amnesty benefit is back

Amnesty International is to hold another Secret Policeman’s Ball, Chortle can reveal.

The international human rights group is planning a major fundraising comedy gig to coincide with their Protect The Human week of activities starting on October 14.

And the show will revert to the Secret Policeman’s name, first used in 1979 for a four-night benefit featuring the likes of Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese and Billy Connolly. Its success  spawned follow-ups in 1981, 1987 and 1989.

In 2001, Eddie Izzard hosted another major fundraiser for Amnesty in Wembley Arena, called We Know Where You Live.

Details of the new show’s line-up have not yet been revealed, though it is sure to feature the biggest names in comedy.

In the meantime, Boothby Graffoe is hosting two more ‘Month of Saturdays’ Amnesty benefits at South London’s EDComedy this weekend and next; and Ed Byrne, Lucy PorterFrankie Boyle and others will perform at an Amnesty fundraiser at the Edinburgh Fringe’s Assembly Hall at midnight on August 16.


Published: 20 Jul 2006

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