The Brand new approach and The Secret Policeman's Ball

OK so in these blogs we normally concentrate on the harder side of the news, but today it’s been pretty hard to ignore the ravings of Russell Brand at the MTV awards.Every celeb column worth its salt has got its own take on his views on Britney Spears, chastity rings and George Bush, here’s The Sun and The Mirror. We at Amnesty International UK have our own opinions on George Bush’s administration, which you can read here and here – none of which involve his ability to use scissors.Russell Brand has always been known as a bit of a firebrand and he was one of the star attractions at Amnesty’s last Secret Policeman’s Ball back in 2006 – you can see his performance here.This year sees the Ball’s return, and if you haven’t heard that yet then frankly where have you been!! The Ball will be THE big comedy event of the year and this year it’s going global.The actual show will be taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 October, but a unique “cinecast” of the Ball means it will also be shown live in 38 cinemas across the United Kingdom, 56 in Canada and four in Australia as reported in a number of regional papers this week.Meanwhile, a steady stream of high-profile comics are adding their support in their own special way. Hello Magazine has a picture of Max And Paddy star Patrick McGuiness in his pants promoting the Ball, while the Edinburgh Guide has chosen to highlight John Cleese’s involvement.The rumours in the office are that many more high-profile names will follow in the weeks ahead.Tickets for the Ball are available through our new protectthehuman.com site and keep an eye in your local media for details of the cinecasts.

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