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The Very Best of . . . The Secret Policeman's Ball
The Very Best of . . . The Secret Policeman's Ball

The Very Best of . . . The Secret Policeman's Ball

The Greatest Comedy Line-up Ever


464 Pages, 5 x 8

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: January 2014

ISBN 9780857867360

Rights: US & CA

Canongate UK (Jan 2014)

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The very best of British comedy, from Monty Python to Russell Brand in one amazing anthologyThe most celebrated comedy routines in British history, from a remarkable comedy institution, are collected in one hilarious volume. From the infamous Dead Parrot Sketch to Michael Palin's "I'm a Lumberjack" song; Peter Cook's peerless E.L. Wisty monologues to Rowan Atkinson's schoolmaster's roll-call; and on through to the latest generation led by Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Jack Whitehall, and Russell Brand. This definitive collection brings together the very best of Amnesty International's Secret Policeman shows. It also features material from Hannibal Buress, John Cleese, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Lenny Henry, Hugh Laurie, the Mighty Boosh, David Mitchell, Dudley Moore, Jennifer Saunders, Alexei Sayle, Sarah Silverman, Statler & Waldorf, John Stewart, Meera Syal, David Walliams, and many more.


"A sketch about a dead parrot— the opening act on that night at Her Majesty's Theatre 36 years ago—set in motion the now fully ingrained idea of artists lending their high profiles to good causes. Without the Secret Policeman's Ball there may never have been a Comic Relief or a Live Aid."  —Telegraph

"comprehensive and uproarious look at the evolution of a comedic institution." —Anglo Addict

Author Biography

Amnesty International is an international human rights nongovernmental organization with more than three million members and supporters around the world.