This appalling conclave of comedians, actors, celebrities and the odd musician took place under our noses in New York City. Though we were unable to prevent it occurring, we have been able to solicit some eye-witness reports and photos from agents posing as members of the media who either attended in-person or who viewed the proceedings on modern devices such as DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS tapes, 8mm home movies, kinescopes, zoetropes and flick-books.


"The Secret Policeman's Ball" comedy and music productions for Amnesty International have been entertaining fans with shows, videos, TV programs and albums since the mid-1970s... the long-running British series staged a show outside London for the first time, bringing an all-star extravaganza to New York's Radio City Music Hall. It's all captured on "The Secret Policeman's Ball - USA". The 137-minute show spotlights 50 U.S. and U.K. comics, including Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman and John Oliver, as well as such "Saturday Night Live" stars as Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Wiig and Seth Meyers. - USA Today

Top-shelf entertainers from both sides of the Atlantic... The show moved along at a dizzying clip - Rolling Stone

Incredible achievement... spanned continents and meshed talents, but managed to be thoughtful, compassionate, and spectacularly funny - The Guardian

The American debut of the long-running Amnesty International benefit organized by Monty Python was a speedy, frothy affair... - Village Voice

The comedy, much of it gleefully filthy, flashed brilliantly - The Times

As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, we were treated to LITERALLY one of the best line-ups to ever converge on the stage of Radio City Music Hall. - People's Choice

The sketches did fine, if not amazingly well. - Time Out New York

A slew of A-list performers... - The Hollywood Reporter

A brilliant gig! - The Sun

Comedy heavyweights vied for laughs... - The Independent

Some of the top comedic talent in the world... The show is funny... a fun way to spend 2 hours... - Big Picture - Big Sound

Recommended! A storied cast of great comics... ...a typically raucous and even sacrilegious affair... often laugh-out-loud hilarious... effective stand up routines... John Oliver is typically ebullient ... there is plenty to like here... - Blu-ray.com

The charity event saw top UK comedians like Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand share the stage with Ben Stiller, Paul Rudd and nearly a dozen past and present Saturday Night Live cast members. Izzard splits sides with off-the-wall observations on Nazis, God, Republicans and the use of Latin in ancient times. Brand's remarks on Fox News, pedophilia and pop culture are pointed and hilarious. Sarah Silverman opens up about dating and sex using the most colorful language imaginable. It's truly a laugh riot but several bits are too raunchy for young viewers. - North Coast Voice

If you weren't lucky enough to attend that event, this new Blu-ray release gives you a chance to enjoy the festivities. The event was certainly a success... Russell Brand's closing segment is terrific. Python members Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin demonstrate that they haven't lost their deft comic touch. - DVD Verdict

It's all pretty fun stuff. Russell Brand takes the stage twice, and his riffs on Fox News, pedophilia, and pop culture nearly steal the show. If you enjoy comedians, there's a lot to like here. Be sure to stick around for the end credits, some truly special guests show up for a funny skit. - Movie Gazette

Peaks of hilarity include Jon Stewart's skit with a Kim Jong-un stand-in and John Oliver interacting with a sneering, maniacal Julian Assange hologram. - Shepherd Express

A stellar line-up of comedians... The 2-hour plus program flows just fine. - AntiMusic

A 137-minute show that features the cream of contemporary US and UK comedy stars. And yes, yes, yes - you also get treated to some MASSIVE cameo appearances scattered throughout. Including members of Monty Python... and several major movie stars, so keep yer eyes peeled! - Exclusive Magazine

Led by Chris Martin the English superstars Coldplay delight with hits "Viva La Vida", "Paradise" and "Every Teardrop is A Waterfall". "We take pleasure in being the least funny act you've seen all night!" laughs Martin. - North Coast Voice

Liam Neeson, Tim Roth, Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu pop up, as do Monty Python members Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Delivering snarky commentary are Beavis & Butthead and Muppets duo Statler & Waldorf. Coldplay and Mumford & Sons turn in live performances. Bonus material includes backstage interviews and a new Python skit, "The Python Legacy!", written by Palin and series co-creator Martin Lewis and starring Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Kyra Sedgwick and Annette O'Toole. - Arizona Republic

"The Secret Policeman's Ball" was - and is - a coming together of the very best comedy talent of any generation to celebrate their art, remind audiences how important free speech is, and highlight just how much vital work Amnesty International does to protect it. I implore you to support it. - John Cleese



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