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A Poke in the Eye (with a Sharp Stick) is a book that draws together the most rib-tickling routines from Amnesty Secret Policeman's Ball fundraisers. Contributors include Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Victoria Wood, Shappi Khorsandi, John Cleese, Peter Cook, French and Saunders and many more.
The 2012 Ball was staged in the USA for the first time. Featuring: Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Jon Stewart, Reggie Watts, Ben Stiller, Catherine Tate, Jack Whitehall, Jimmy Carr, Beavis & Butthead, Noel Fielding, Micky Flanagan, Paul Rudd, Tim Roth, Sarah Silverman, David Walliams, Liam Neeson, Peter Serafinowicz and Seth Meyers. Music from Mumford & Sons and Coldplay.
A POKE IN THE EYE £20
This beautifully designed anniversary anthology brings together the greatest acts from the twelve Secret Policeman shows: scripts of the Dead Parrot Sketch; lyrics to Michael Palin's 'I'm a Lumberjack'; Peter Cook's peerless E.L. Wisty monologues; Rowan Atkinson's school-master's roll-call and on through to the latest generation led by Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Frank Skinner, Alan Carr and Russell Brand. These celebrated comedy routines are accompanied by beautiful photography, specially commissioned introductions and insightful interviews from the stars involved. It is a fitting tribute to a remarkable comedy institution.
2012 BALL DVD £10
On 4 March 2012, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Amnesty International, the Secret Policeman's Ball was staged in the USA for the first time at New York's famous Radio City Music Hall. With a history dating back to 1979, the Secret Policeman's Ball has always gathered the best comedy and musical talent to use wit and humour to raise both funds and awareness for the vital work that Amnesty International does to prick the conscience of governments around the world. After a taped introduction from Archbishop Desmond Tutu an amazing line-up of both British and American performers took to the stage and there were taped contributions from Monty Python members Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, and critical comment from the Muppet Show's original grumpy old men Statler & Waldorf.