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Saturday July 25, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Manhattan


(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

Today's Stars!

Comedic Performers:
Alan BennettJohn BirdEleanor BronTim Brooke-TaylorGraham ChapmanJohn CleeseCarol ClevelandPeter CookDame EdnaJohn FortuneGraeme GardenTerry GilliamThe GoodiesNeil InnesDes JonesTerry JonesJonathan LynnJonathan MillerBill OddieMichael PalinMonty Python

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