The event, organised by the chartiy Amnesty International, is called 'The Secret Policeman's Ball', and will take place at London's Royal Albert Hall. Comedy will be provided by comedians including Eddie Izzard, Chevy Chase and Jennifer Saunders, whilst The Magic Numbers will also be playing music on the night. The show will be broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK.
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Eddie Izzard to appear in charity show
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON -- Eddie Izzard, Chevy Chase and "Absolutely Fabulous" star Jennifer Saunders are among the comedians lined up for a new "Secret Policeman's Ball" to aid Amnesty International.
The show, set for Oct. 14 at London's Royal Albert Hall, revives a series that boosted the human rights organization's profile during the 1970s and '80s.
The first "Secret Policeman's Ball" in 1979 featured Peter Cook, Billy Connolly, Rowan Atkinson and several members of Monty Python's Flying Circus, and was turned into a feature-length film.
It was followed by "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" in 1981, "The Secret Policeman's Third Ball" in 1987 and "The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball" in 1989.
The new show, which will be recorded for broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 television, will also feature music from Gorillaz and The Magic Numbers, Amnesty International said Friday.
"Now, as in the days of the early Secret Policeman's Balls, governments are really keen on locking up people they don't like," said Monty Python member Terry Gilliam.
"Artists require freedom to do what they do, freedom to speak out and freedom to propose radical ideas. Amnesty defends that freedom."
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Amnesty International: http://www.amnesty.org