The Secret Policeman's Ball is Back
Posted: 26 January 2012
Amnesty International's Comedy Class of 2012 including Jon Stewart, Russell Brand and Coldplay to perform in NYC for one night only
The funniest night of the decade has been set for Sunday 4 March with the announcement today of the return of Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball.
"We are so happy to be involved with The Secret Policeman’s Ball 2012. We have followed and supported for years Amnesty International and the amazing work they do around the world in the field of human rights, and it is a pleasure to be asked to contribute to such an inspiring event."
"I used to think humour was a luxury, but at the last election Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert taught me it was a necessity. 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."
“This year’s Secret Policeman’s Ball brings together an incredible representation of the best comedians and musicians in the world. It’s humbling that they have given up their time to join us and champion the fundamental right to opinion and expression – and in doing so helping us connect with a new generation of supporters.
I hope comedy and music fans in the UK will help us in making it a bad night for dictators and a good night for free speech.”
The show will be broadcast on British TV.
About Amnesty International
Amnesty International is an international human rights organisation with more than three million supporters worldwide. Working in over 150 countries, Amnesty International investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilises people into action, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom and dignity are denied.
About The Secret Policeman’s Ball
The Secret Policeman’s Ball is a world-famous comedy event which celebrates freedom of expression with the very best within the arts and entertainment industry. Established in 1976, The Secret Policeman’s Ball shows used anarchic humour to raise funds for the fight against human rights abuses.
Returning to mark Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary, The Secret Policeman’s Ball this year is set to be bigger than ever, as some of the world’s best comedians and musicians team up for an evening of original, cutting edge entertainment.
About Free Speech
The Secret Policeman’s Ball celebrates free speech – one of the first rights to be stifled by state authorities which seek to repress its citizens. Free speech is a basic human right denied to thousands of people around the world. The Secret Policeman’s Ball aims to celebrate this right through comedy and music.