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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).

If you are interested to find out what other fabulous events we are devising, join our newsletter!

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Adam Hills’ Desert Island Comedy Flicks
Sunday 18th February
Bristol Old Vic

In a rare and unique live appearance Adam Hills MBE, Aussie-born stand-up, host of the award-winning Channel 4 series THE LAST LEG

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Sunday 18th February
Bristol Old Vic

Film and comedy enthusiasts have long marvelled at Terry Gilliam’s artistic, inventive imagery, and his ability to craft extraordinary worlds since his early days contributing animated content to the groundbreaking Do Not Adjust Your Set (1968) and the iconic Monty Python series (1969–1974)

Sunday 18th February
Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Lucky Dog Theatre Productions return to Slapstick with a follow-up to their internationally loved and award-winning ‘Hats Off To Laurel And Hardy’

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Friday 17 Nov 2023
Hexagon, Reading

This fundraising comedy event promises to be an unforgettable evening of laughter featuring some of the brightest stars in British stand-up comedy today.

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Sunday 18th February
20:30 – 22:00
Bristol Old Vic

He is feted as one of the UK’s most versatile actors – justly praised for his performances in dramas, thrillers, biopics, musicals and Shakespeare plays on stage, film and TV

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Monday 29th April
Hexagon, Reading

Join us for an unforgettable evening of laughter and stand up at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading!

The highly anticipated Big Comedy Bash returns, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever.


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Slapstick on the BBC
On Radio Three’s Sound of Cinema Matthew Sweet discusses our festival and takes a New Year look at some of the great musical scores associated with slapstick films.
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20th Slapstick Festival
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.
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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.