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The Second Pair of Balls!
Two US Premieres!
Double-bill of the two Balls that showcased the new wave of British comedy
Series co-creator Martin Lewis in-person

Friday June 19, 2009 - 7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood


(1987, 89 mins, Amnesty International, Directed by Ken O'Neill)

After a six-year hiatus, the "Secret Policeman's Ball" shows resumed with a strong hybrid of comedy and music. The humor reflected the emergence of a new wave of comedic performers in the UK including: Hugh Laurie ("House M.D."), Stephen Fry ("Blackadder" and "Peter's Friends"), Robbie Coltrane ("Cracker" and "Nuns On The Run"), Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders (creators of "Absolutely Fabulous"), Mel Smith & Griff Rhys Jones, ("Alas Smith & Jones"), Lenny Henry - and the Spitting Image puppets. Lending support and continuity was John Cleese. The stellar lineup of musicians includes: Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Dire Strait's Mark Knopfler, Joan Armatrading, Bob Geldof, Duran Duran and - for the first time - some American guests: Jackson Browne, Lou Reed and Chet Atkins. This will be the US Premiere of the film.


(1989, 94 mins, Amnesty International, Directed by Mike Holgate)

The 1989 show returned the Ball to its roots as primarily a comedy gathering with a mixture of the (by-now) older guard: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore (in their last work together) - and new wave including: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Adrian Edmondson ("The Young Ones"), Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders, Ben Elton ("We Will Rock You"), Robbie Coltrane and the Spitting Image puppets. In a reflection of the cross-generational spirit - the stage show was directed by John Cleese and Jennifer Saunders (Edina in "Absolutely Fabulous"). This will be the US Premiere of the film and its World Theatrical Premiere.


(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 AtkinsonJohn BirdRory BremnerGraham ChapmanJohn CleeseRobbie ColtraneBilly ConnollyPeter CookPhil CoolAdrian EdmondsonBen EltonDawn FrenchStephen FryLenny HenryChris LanghamHugh LaurieDudley MooreJimmy MulvilleMichael PalinEmo PhillipsGriff Rhys JonesJennifer SaundersSpitting ImagePamela StephensonRuby Wax

Rock Musicians:
Joan ArmatradingChet AtkinsPaul BradyJackson BrowneKate BushDuran DuranPeter GabrielBob GeldofDavid GilmourJools HollandNik KershawMark KnopflerYoussou N'DourLou ReedJohn Williams

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