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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
Wednesday July 1, 2009 - 7:00 pm
Lincoln Center, New York City
- THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S THIRD BALL
- (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.
- THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BIGGEST BALL
- (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.
- Comedic Performers:
- John Bird • Rory Bremner • John Cleese • Robbie Coltrane • Peter Cook • Phil Cool • Adrian Edmondson • Ben Elton • Dawn French • Stephen Fry • Lenny Henry • Chris Langham • Hugh Laurie • Dudley Moore • Jimmy Mulville • Michael Palin • Emo Phillips • Griff Rhys Jones • Jennifer Saunders • Spitting Image • Ruby Wax
- Rock Musicians:
- Joan Armatrading • Chet Atkins • Paul Brady • Jackson Browne • Kate Bush • Duran Duran • Peter Gabriel • Bob Geldof • David Gilmour • Jools Holland • Nik Kershaw • Mark Knopfler • Youssou N'Dour • Lou Reed • John Williams
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