Filthy Comedy: Secret Policeman’s Ball

Sounds as if the world of comedy was out in force yesterday at Radio City in New York. Celebrating 50 years of Amnesty International, this year’s Ball was the first to take place on American soil and arguably the most high profile to date: performed to a crowd of 6,000, streamed live on US website Epix, which you can watch here starting Tuesday, the three-hour show brought together a wealth of British and American comic talent: from Russell Brand (pictured with Noel Fielding), Tim Roth and Liam Neeson to Kristen Wiig, as well as Jon Stewart, Catherine Tate, the Muppets, Coldplay and Zarganar, Burma’s leading standup. One report says: There was an irrepressible joie de vivre – and an exuberant filth – to many of the British performances that was arguably better suited to the occasion: Izzard’s infectious Franglais-ing, Peter Serafinowicz’s turn as Paul McCartney, not to mention the unbridled smut of Jimmy Carr and Micky Flanagan; the cockney comedian earned the biggest single laugh of the night for his postulation that the rise in teenage pregnancy in the UK could be solely attributed to “the decline of fingering”.’ FILTH!!!

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