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A Poke in the Eye (With a Sharp Stick) by Amnesty International

A Poke in the Eye (With a Sharp Stick)

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The Secret Policeman’s Balls, there have been twelve to date, have transformed the charity Amnesty International and become the platform for blisteringly effective and extremely funny satirical comedy. This book is the anthology of these twelve landmark events. From Monty Python to Beavis and Butthead, all the acts, all the scripts and all for charity.


A Poke in the Eye (With a Sharp Stick) by Amnesty International

Back in the day, if you wanted to raise money you stood on street corner with a tin and a smile. That is until Mr John Cleese rounded up a few friends in 1976 for Amnesty International's first fundraising show, 'A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)'. Since then, Amnesty has produced a dozen Secret Policeman shows, which culminated this year with a breath-taking line-up at New York's Radio City Hall. This beautifully designed anniversary anthology brings together the greatest acts from the twelve shows: scripts of the Dead Parrot Sketch; lyrics to Michael Palin's 'I'm a Lumberjack'; Peter Cook's peerless E.L. Wisty monologues; Rowan Atkinson's school-master's roll-call and on through to the latest generation led by Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Frank Skinner, Alan Carr and Russell Brand. These celebrated comedy routines are accompanied by beautiful photography, specially commissioned introductions and insightful interviews from the stars involved. It is a fitting tribute to a remarkable comedy institution.


'Slick, well-scripted and savvy ... freewheeling, contagious and delightful' - Guardian, on the Secret Policeman's Ball 2012

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Amnesty International is an international human rights non-governmental organisation with over three million members and supporters around the world. Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty draws attention to human-rights abuses and campaigns, works to mobilise public opinion and put pressure on the governments that let abuse take place, and aims to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. The organisation was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its campaign against torture, and the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978.

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4th October 2012


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