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Comedy show The Secret Policeman's Ball is set to return to The Royal Albert Hall, in London, in October 2008 and, if previous shows are anything to go by, promises to feature a star-studded line-up of comedians.
Previous editions of the Amnesty International benefit comedy show have featured comics such as Sarah Silverman, Chevy Chase, Dylan Moran, Graham Norton, Jeremy Irons, Natalie Imbruglia, Omid Djalili, Richard E Grant, Russell Brand, Noel Fielding from The Mighty Boosh, Al Murray as The Pub Landlord and Eddie Izzard and numerous others.
The last Secret Policemans Ball show was in 2006, also at the Royal Albert Hall.
An exact date for the new 2008 show has not yet been announced, but a blog posting on Amnesty's website states that there will be limited tickets available for the show. And Amnesty members will have priority booking from 12 August. The UK television station Channel 4 has announced that they will be broadcasting the show.
The roots of The Secret Policeman's Ball lie in fundraising shows in the 1970s, featuring John Cleese, other Monty Python favourites, Peter Cook, Beyond the Fringe, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Fawlty Towers and The Goodies and others.
The first show actually called The Secret Policeman's Ball, was in 1979 and featured many of the same comedians as well as Rowan Atkinson and Billy Connolly. Later shows have included Jasper Carrott, Victoria Wood, Alexei Sayle, Griff Rhys-Jones, Rory Bremner, Ben Elton, Harry Enfield and members of the Goodness Gracious Me TV show.