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Before The Balls!
Double-bill of the first two shows before they had the "Ball" title
Two US Premieres!
Series star Neil Innes and co-creator/co-producer Martin Lewis in-person

Friday June 12, 2009 - 7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

PLEASURE AT HER MAJESTY'S

(1976, 101 mins, Amnesty International, Directed by Roger Graef)

Film of the very first Amnesty benefit show - a direct progenitor of "The Secret Policeman's Ball". The show was instigated by John Cleese who rounded up his friends from Monty Python and other Brit-com luminaries including Peter Cook, Eleanor Bron, Neil Innes, & Dame Edna for an historic gathering of the British comedic tribes performing their 'Greatest Hits'. The stage show, directed by Beyond The Fringe's Jonathan Miller was originally titled "A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)" by Cleese. Setting the pattern for future shows, collaborations abound with Pythons and Beyond-The-Fringers guesting in each other's skits. Peter Cook becomes an honorary Python, Terry Jones joins Beyond The Fringe. Verite director Roger Graef captured the live show and also documented the preparations, rehearsals and between-the-skits dressing room banter. This will be the US Theatrical Premiere of the original, uncut 1976 UK film


Michael Palin, Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese
and Terry Jones are Four Yorkshiremen

THE MERMAID FROLICS

(1977, 52 mins, Amnesty International, Directed by Roger Graef)

TV special of the 1977 Amnesty benefit stage-directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones. It features very rare John Cleese performances - teamed with his then-wife Connie Booth of "Fawlty Towers" fame - and with one of his hero/role-models - Jonathan Miller. Plus Peter Cook, Terry Jones, Peter Ustinov, Sue Jones-Davies (Judith in "Life Of Brian") and Julie Covington ("Rock Follies" and the very first Evita). Never seen in any format in the USA. Never on VHS. Never on DVD. This will be the US Premiere of the film in any media and its World Theatrical Premiere.

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS!

(2009, 15 mins, Amnesty International, Directed by Martin Lewis)

Hilarious rarities from the "Secret Policeman" vaults including promotional spots, premieres TV appearances and outtakes featuring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Peter Cook, Billy Connolly, Rowan Atkinson. With a few exceptions, this material has never been on TV. World Theatrical Premiere.


Today's Stars!

Comedic Performers:
Rowan AtkinsonAlan BennettBeyond The FringeJohn BirdConnie BoothEleanor BronTim Brooke-TaylorGraham ChapmanJohn CleeseCarol ClevelandBilly ConnollyPeter CookDame EdnaJohn FortuneGraeme GardenTerry GilliamThe GoodiesNeil InnesDes JonesTerry JonesJonathan LynnJonathan MillerBill OddieMichael PalinMonty PythonPamela StephensonPeter Ustinov

Rock Musicians:
Pete AtkinJulie CovingtonSue Jones-DaviesJohn Williams



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