Slapstick Festival

About Us

Our aim is to keep silent, visual and classic onscreen comedy alive for future generations, through raising awareness, interest and appreciation of this unique art form, developing new audiences for archive cinema.

Our 2024 festival has recently ended, but we are planning some more events for later in the new year, not to mention making a start on our 2025 programme.

Our next big event is the Big Comedy Bash, featuring Robin Ince, Josh Widdicombe, Angela Barnes, Jon Culshaw, Lucy Porter (see below).

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Events: Recently Ended

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The Laugheologists

Sunday 18th Feb. (17:00 Studio, Bristol Old Vic)
Taking Mark Twain’s advice “Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story”, humourists Barnaby Eaton-Jones and Robert Hammond offer up an illustrated lecture delving into comedy’s history and introducing a hilarious cast of overlooked, and possibly spoof, comedians who never quite made it.

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Tim Vine: The Physical Years

Saturday 17th Feb. (16:00 The Lantern at Bristol Beacon)
Tim Vine shares video clips from his life and career where he falls over or does something physical in search of humour. As well as moments from Tim’s TV appearances this show includes previously unseen footage of Tim aged 18 being deliberately visual.

BSL interpreted events

bsl interpreted events small A selection of events are scheduled with a BSL interpreter. Look for the tag under each event in the online.


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20th Slapstick Festival

WELCOME TO SLAPSTICK 2024  Drum roll please as we unveil the exciting and star-studded programme for Slapstick 2024, including the long-awaited return of our cherished Gala to the venue where it all began, now renamed Bristol Beacon and looking and sounding truly glorious after its extensive refit. As you flick through this festival guide you […]

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Join the team: Personal/Executive Assistant

Join the team: Personal/Executive Assistant Slapstick Festival, a renowned celebration of silent, visual, and classic film comedy, is seeking a passionate and organised individual to fill the crucial role of Personal/Executive Assistant to the Director. This exciting opportunity offers a unique glimpse into the dynamic world of film festivals and entertainment, all while contributing to […]


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