Gearing up for another installment of “The Secret Policeman’s Ball” has the entertainment world buzzing.  From its humble beginnings of Monty Python’s charity event to the addition of musical and TV guest’s from across the spectrum, this year looks to be the best yet. Amnesty International serves an as an important part of our world today and looks to make a difference in the future.  The freedoms of humans are important for everyone to be aware of and ability to speak our mind is crucial to the development of our society and the best way to bring people together.  Gathering notable personalities and characters together who can focus their energy towards an issue that has plagued our world since the beginning of time.  The difficulty with freedom is allowing everybody to exercise his or her freedom. Amnesty International brings awareness to the struggles of those in need and sacrifices their time to extend a helping hand.  Amnesty asks for respect of all humans living in this world today, because at the end of the day it is “we” who will survive, not “I”.

Official Press Release below:


*Fred Armisen *Matt Berry *Russell Brand *Hannibal Buress *Jimmy
Carr *Coldplay *David Cross *Noel Fielding *Micky Flanagan *Bill
Hader *Eddie Izzard *Rashida Jones *Taran Killam *Rex Lee *Seth Meyers
*Bobby Moynihan *Mumford & Sons *Liam Neeson *Bob Odenkirk *Chris O’Dowd
*John Oliver *Jay Pharoah *Tim Roth *Paul Rudd *Andy Samberg *Peter Serafinowicz
*Sarah Silverman *Statler & Waldorf from
Disney’s The Muppets *Jon Stewart *Jason Sudeikis *Reggie Watts
*Jack Whitehall *Kristen Wiig and Maung Thura Zarganar
on March 4th at Radio City Music Hall in the Secret Policeman’s Ball
celebrating free speech and Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary.

EPIX To Present Event’s First Live U.S. Telecast Sunday, March 4th and
Deliver Live Stream Free to all U.S. Homes; Channel 4 will Broadcast
Show in the U.K. on Friday March 9th

NEW YORK– March 1 , 2012 — Amnesty International today announced its
line-up of 35 of the world’s most talented comedians and
musicians who will stand up for free speech and celebrate 50 years of
Amnesty International at the upcoming Secret Policeman’s Ball, March
4, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall.

Comedians and actors announced today include: Matt Berry, Jimmy Carr,
Eddie Izzard, Taran Killam, Rex Lee, Bobby Moynihan, Liam Neeson,
Chris O’Dowd, Jay Pharoah, Tim Roth and Burmese comedian Maung Thura

They join previously announced all-star American comedians Fred
Armisen, Hannibal Buress, David Cross, Bill Hader, Rashida Jones, Seth
Meyers, Bob Odenkirk, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman,
Statler & Waldorf from Disney’s The Muppets, Jon Stewart, Jason
Sudeikis, Reggie Watts and Kristen Wiig, with British comics Russell
Brand, Noel Fielding, Micky Flanagan, John Oliver, Peter Serafinowicz,
Jack Whitehall and musical acts Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.

Also joining the cast is internationally celebrated Burmese comedian
and director, Maung Thura Zarganar, who uses his talents to speak out
about human rights abuses in Burma. In 2008, Zarganar led a movement
that collected money and supplies for the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
He also publicly criticized the government’s response to the disaster.
As a result he was given a 35-year prison sentence. On 12 October
2011, Zarganar was released from prison.

“Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is an opportunity to
demonstrate to a new wired audience that the freedoms we enjoy every
day – to post, tweet, blog and email – are under threat in every
region of the world,” said Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA
executive director.  “New technologies have triggered new forms of
repression of basic rights such as freedom of expression and assembly.
It may sound far-fetched, but comedy is truly life-threatening in
many places in the world, As it was for Zargarnar in Burma. The best
way to stand with those who are denied freedom of speech is to use our
freedom to demand theirs.”

All comedians and musicians performing on Sunday are standing up for
free speech.

“It’s good there is freedom of speech. This means I can say that I
find Prince Charles sexually attractive and that the U.S. presidential
elections are a meaningless spectacle to distract us from the
mercantile skullduggery of the cabals that control our planet and no
one can do anything about it. Thanks Amnesty,” said Russell Brand.

Amnesty International also announced a limited inventory of production
kill tickets will be released to the general public today at for the Ball at New York City’s Radio City Music
Hall Sunday, March 4, 2012

In the U.S. EPIX, the Ball’s exclusive US broadcast partner, will
telecast the event LIVE and commercial free in the United States on
Sunday, March 4 at 7PM ET/4PM PT/6PM CT. In addition, EPIX is offering
the event free to all U.S. viewers by hosting the first-ever live
stream of the charity event on and across Epix apps on Xbox
and Roku.

Channel 4 will exclusively broadcast the show in the UK on Friday 9th
March at 10pm.

Amnesty International presents the Secret Policeman’s Ball co-produced
by Amnesty International, Control Room and Mother.

To find out more about the Secret Policeman’s Ball visit, and follow the Secret Policeman on
Twitter at hashtag #secretball

Press Contact:
Moka Pantages

About Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots
activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists
and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights
worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates
and mobilizes the public 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 used anarchic humor 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.

About EPIX
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Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a premium entertainment service available on
television, video-on-demand, online and on consumer electronic
devices. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the
vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a
powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand
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hits, classic feature films, documentaries and original concerts,
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*Fred Armisen *Matt Berry *Russell Brand *Hannibal Buress *Jimmy
Carr *Coldplay *David Cross *Noel Fielding *Micky Flanagan *Bill
Hader *Eddie Izzard *Rashida Jones *Taran Killam *Rex Lee *Seth Meyers
*Bobby Moynihan *Mumford & Sons *Liam Neeson *Bob Odenkirk *Chris O’Dowd
*John Oliver *Jay Pharoah *Tim Roth *Paul Rudd *Andy Samberg *Peter Serafinowicz
*Sarah Silverman *Statler & Waldorf from
Disney’s The Muppets *Jon Stewart *Jason Sudeikis *Reggie Watts
*Jack Whitehall *Kristen Wiig and Maung Thura Zarganar