Quote: Aaron @ March 20 2012, 7:43 PM GMT
Well I've not heard of a video performance by that name, and can't find any reference to one in an (admittedly brief) Internet search. I think you're getting confused between the Monty Python album Live At Drury Lane, which was recorded there, and the later Amnesty International benefits, only one of which waes performed there.
I do know that the team appear in those early Secret Policeman's Balls, but rarely as a complete 'Python' outfit, and often with guests such as Peter Cook and Tim Brooke Taylor.
The earliest 'Ball', 1976's Pleasure At Her Majesty's, seems to have the most complete Python line-up, and includes Pet Shop (parrot sketch), Court Room, Japes Lecture, and Lumberjack.
Crucially, the shows weren't about the Pythons though, hence not having the title you were searching for.
You'll want the following if you're just looking for the one show and that sounds like it:
Alternative, there's the following box set, which contains all 7 balls from 1976 to 1991:
Ummmm, thanks for that Aaron. Maybe I am getting mixed up, but I've checked the Amazon link you supplied for the full set of 7 and natch. they don't mention particular sets. I'm still convinced though that it was an MP prog. only, being a video version of the tape, but I'm happy to be corrected if it was from the Ball series, although one of the Amazon reviews said there were sketches missing.
The particular sketch I am thinking of was where they enter a cocktail bar and to the horror of one of them, each person going up to the bar orders a weird cocktail with sometimes a "squeeze of lemming". It was Michael Palin, I think who orders a "Mallard Fizz" and the barman squeezes the duck into a glass ( ducks quacking in pain). When the barman asks him if he wants a refill, Palin, now feeling quite sick says he will but can the barman make it a bit less 'ducky'.
The sketch dissolves when someone comes in and asks for a 'dog turd' cocktail.
Also in the same show (I'm sure?!) was the one where John Cleese comes on as the ice cream lady at the intermission shouting "Albatross" and this is all he has in his tray (a full size albatross). When Terry Jones comes up and asks for an ice cream, JC says he only has albatross and when TJ asks what flavour it was, JC shouts "F***ing sea bird flavour - what bleedin' flavour did you think an albatross would be!?!"
Has anyone got the full Secret Policemans Ball set of DVDs who can tell me IF they are in that set?