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The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Comedy  -  June 1980 (UK)
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A series of benefit concerts to raise money for Amnesty International. Performances include comedy skits and musical numbers by a varied cast of mostly British performers. Featuring several... See full summary »

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A series of benefit concerts to raise money for Amnesty International. Performances include comedy skits and musical numbers by a varied cast of mostly British performers. Featuring several Monty Python members, Rowan Atkinson, and Peter Cook. Written by Anonymous

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One of Cook's Brightest Moments...and Atkinson's First
22 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Out of all the Secret Policeman's Balls, this one is the most entertaining and funniest. This is usually the one I watch because it has my favorite comedians all together in top form. Eleanor Bron is great in the "Dear God" sketch, with her rambling dialog being very entertaining. "Cheese Shop" wasn't as good as the Python version, but you can't really expect that....they pull it off very nicely, though. The "Pregnancy" sketch is a nice short one. That Eleanor Bron is really good.

Notable praise goes to Rowan Atkinson, though. Considering that this was even before "Not the Nine O'Clock News" first being broadcast, this must have been a real important night for him. His "Schoolmaster" sketch is a delight. Also, him in Dudley Moore's shoes for the "End of the World" sketch makes it take off. For once, someone other than Peter Cook is the funniest part of a sketch! He also handled the "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch very well with other Pythons. Kudos for Rowan Atkinson; this is his breakthrough moment in comedy.

But you can't watch this and say that Peter Cook didn't steal the show because he quite simply steals every show! The "Interesting Facts" sketch really blew the whole thing open at the beginning. Cleese never laughs during a sketch, but Cook gets him to. Cook always leaves them in stitches. But, the real shining moment of the night is the "Entirely a Matter For You" sketch lampooning the Jeremy Thorpe case. If you don't know about the case before watching it, do the research. It'll actually make it funny. It's actually one of the funniest sketches ever made. It's sooooo perfect and Peter Cook is in top form during this. Just another reason of a million why Peter Cook was such a genius. You really don't know comedy if you don't know about Peter Cook.

Such a fantastic DVD that I watch constantly. It's brilliant, just brilliant!!!


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