Amnesty International has announced that some of the top comedic talent in the U.S. and U.K. will be joining the Secret Policeman’s Ball line-up at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, March 4, 2012.
New performers added to the show include American comedians Fred Armisen, Hannibal Buress, David Cross, Bill Hader, Rashida Jones, Seth Meyers, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Statler & Waldorf from Disney’s The Muppets, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig and British comics Noel Fielding, Micky Flanagan, John Oliver, Peter Serafinowicz and Jack Whitehall.
Amnesty International also announced that the show will reach a global audience through exclusive distribution deals.
Andy Hackman, Executive Producer for Amnesty International, said: “We are excited to work with EPIX to bring the event to the U.S. and reach a wider audience of younger viewers.”
EPIX, the multi-screen, multi-platform premium entertainment service, 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 EpixHD.com and across EPIX apps on Xbox and Roku.
“We are delighted to introduce this legendary event to the United States and to our viewers,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO. “EPIX’s all-access, multiplatform availability allows us to bring Amnesty International’s message to a new generation.”
“Amnesty International is thrilled that so many top comedians, musicians and entertainers will sound off for free speech at the Secret Policeman’s Ball by using the power of speech itself to challenge and resist those who would constrain it,” said Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA’s new executive director. “On March 4, we will stand with bloggers in Egypt, China and Azerbaijan, a writer in Cameroon, Burmese comedian Zarganar, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for mocking his government, and countless others facing punishment for writing and saying what they think.”
Limited tickets are still available at www.facebook.com/secretpoliceman.