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Slapstick Sunday

Slapstick Sunday Our last full day of festival events began with Paddington (2014), introduced by Andy Day, and concluded with Lee Mack’s hilarious Desert Island Comedy Flicks. In between there was a moving tribute to the late great Barry Cryer hosted by his friend and long-time comic collaborator Les Dennis, with Barry’s Son Bob Cryer […]

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Laughter In Lockdown #6 – Remembering the comedy genius of Victoria Wood

Laughter In Lockdown #6 – Remembering the comedy genius of Victoria Wood Laughter In Lockdown #6 – Remembering the comedy genius of Victoria Wood On 20 April 2016, the world lost the extraordinarily talented and exceptionally funny comedian, actress, singer, composer, screenwriter, producer and director Victoria Wood. As a regular guest at the festival (which […]

Laughter in Lockdown 5 – The Goodies 50th Anniversary LIVE with Robin Ince

Laughter in Lockdown 5 – The Goodies 50th Anniversary LIVE with Robin Ince

Laughter in Lockdown 5 – The Goodies 50th Anniversary LIVE with Robin Ince Laughter in Lockdown 5 – The Goodies 50th Anniversary LIVE with Robin Ince Back in January, The Goodies gathered together on a Slapstick stage for what ultimately proved to be the last time as a trio, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their […]

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Laughter in Lockdown 3 – I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again… Again!

Laughter in Lockdown 3 – I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again… Again! Laughter in Lockdown 3 – I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again… Again! Our third exclusive Laughter in Lockdown stream is the closing event of Slapstick 2020 – ‘I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again… Again!’ A show with added poignancy as it featured the […]

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Laughter in Lockdown 2 – John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Friends hosted by Tim Vine

Laughter in Lockdown 2 – John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Friends hosted by Tim Vine Laughter in Lockdown 2 – John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Friends hosted by Tim Vine For our second Laughter in Lockdown stream (see details about Laughter in Lockdown 1 here), we’ve selected a comedy fundraiser from Autumn of 2016 which […]

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SLAPSTICK LIVE ONLINE

SLAPSTICK LIVE ONLINE 1-7 March 2021 Chaplin famously said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted”. Well, I’m not too sure about that, but I do know that laughter is a great way to help us forget about our troubles, and in these unprecedented times who wouldn’t want that? Working closely with our board, […]

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Laughter In Lockdown – Slapstick To Release One-Off Gems From Its Archives

Laughter In Lockdown – Slapstick To Release One-Off Gems From Its Archives Laughter In Lockdown – Slapstick To Release One-Off Gems From Its Archives In recognition of the unique circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment with the ongoing C-19 pandemic, Slapstick have taken the decision to try to make a small difference in […]

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Slapstick Festival 2019

Slapstick Festival 2019 Slapstick 2019 – In Photos Here is a selection of photos from the 15th edition of Slapstick Festival taken by our regular photographers, Paul Lippiatt and David Betteridge. Check out more work by Paul and David at their websites, which can be found here (for Paul) and here (for David). More photos from Slapstick 2019 […]

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Slapstick Festival 2018

Slapstick Festival 2018 Welcome to Slapstick 2018 To an increasingly crazy world, comedy brings solace and sanity and Bristol’s SLAPSTICK now stands as Europe’s biggest and best festival of comedy, bringing together classic screen clowning with today’s fnest living laughter-makers from British stage and television. This year is the 14th and our biggest edition yet. […]

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In Photos: Slapstick 2017

N PHOTOS: SLAPSTICK 2017 In Photos: Slapstick 2017 Above are a series of photos taken during Slapstick 2017, which ran between 25th – 29th January 2017. All events took place either at Colston Hall, Watershed, Bristol Old Vic or Arnolfini. All images were taken by one of our official festival photographers; Paul Lippiatt, David Betteridge and David […]

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The 2017 Slapstick T-shirt: The Year Of The Custard Pie

The 2017 Slapstick T-shirt: The Year Of The Custard Pie Slapstick patron and film historian David Robinson provides some context for our special ‘limited edition’ bonus festival t-shirt. This year’s special ‘bonus’ festival T-shirt simply displays George Orwell’s commendation of the custard pie. Orwell, Britain’s greatest assailant of totalitarianism and authoritarianism, author of 1984 and […]

2017 Festival Information

To buy tickets for individual events at Slapstick Festival 2017 please click on the event ‘Book now’ button or call / visit the venue box office. For passes please contact Colston Hall Box Office. N.B. Please note Seven Years Bad Luck and When Keaton Met Beckett tickets will be sold through Colston Hall Box Office […]

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2017: Wednesday

Wednesday 18th January Wed 18 Jan 2017 NOTFILM (2015) Watershed | 11.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00dir. Ross Lipman | US | 130mins NOTFILM is a documentary about the embattled collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett and silent-era genius Buster Keaton as they filmed Beckett’s only on-screen work. During the restoration of FILM (1965), NOTFILM director Ross Lipman discovered its long-lost prologue […]

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Slapstick Festival 2017: SUNDAY

Sun 22 Jan 2017 Accidentally Preserved: Surviving Slapstick on 16mm Watershed | 9.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00 Slapstick comedy shorts were excellent fodder for home movie companies of the 1920s and 1930s. Kodascope and Pathéscope rented or sold safety film prints for people to watch in their homes, not realising that decades later they would out-survive the […]

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Slapstick Festival 2017: SATURDAY

Slapstick Festival 2017: SATURDAY Sat 21 Jan 2017 Silent Comedy: A Century Ago | A Fairbanks and Chaplin Double Bill Watershed | 9.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00 Join us for a taste of the ‘flickers’ from a century ago – Saturday morning pictures circa 1916. A classic silent comedy double bill featuring two of the biggest stars of the […]

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Slapstick Festival 2017: FRIDAY

Slapstick Festival 2017: FRIDAY Fri 20 Jan 2017 Raymond Griffith: The Silk Hat Comedian Paths to Paradise (1925)Watershed | 9.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00dir. Clarence Badger | US | 60mins Oscar-winning director, historian and silent film champion Kevin Brownlow introduces a rare Raymond Griffith feature, Paths to Paradise, from his personal collection and champions this unsung comic who, […]

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Slapstick Festival 2017

Slapstick Festival 2017 18th – 22nd January Archive: Slapstick Festival 2017 Slapstick 2017 (18-22 January) was our biggest ever festival with more events staged – and more guests attending – than at any previous edition. By all accounts, it was also our most successful festival ever – something our festival director, Chris Daniels, reflected on in a post […]

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In Photos: Michael Crawford – Visual Comedy Legend Award Show

IN PHOTOS: MICHAEL CRAWFORD – VISUAL COMEDY LEGEND AWARD SHOW In Photos: Michael Crawford – Visual Comedy Legend Award Show All photos above taken by either David Gillett or Paul Lippiatt. On Sunday 23rd October 2016 Slapstick welcomed the brilliant Michael Crawford to Bristol to receive the 2016 Aardman Slapstick “Visual Comedy Legend” Award. Although Michael understandably considers himself to be […]

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Ken Dodd Award Page

KEN DODD AWARD Slapstick and Aardman were honoured to give the “Comedy Legend Award” to Ken Dodd. The award celebrates the life and comic achievements of comedians alive today that have contributed significantly to the world of comedy. A fantastic night was had by all as Ken regaled the audience with his tales of his […]

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Silent Comedy Gala 2017

Silent Comedy Gala 2017 featuring Harold Lloyd’s classic comedy THE FRESHMAN (1925) with live orchestra Fri 20 Jan 2017 | Colston Hall | 7:30PMTickets: £10.00/£25.00/£27.00 including fees Our annual comedy celebration returns for a lucky thirteenth edition – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy. […]

Slap Up Feast of Fun

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to Feast of Fun last night! It was the comedy event of a life-time as incredible guests from the world of comedy and music came together to help raise funds for Slapstick Festival. From political jokes and Kermit the frog to bin banging […]

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Bill Oddie’s Saturday Banana

Bill Oddie’s Saturday Banana Cert:U Sat 23rd Jan | Watershed | 11:15AMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 Bill Oddie introduces highlights and extracts from popular Slapstick children’s television programmes from the 1960s and early 70s. Bill hosted the popular children’s TV programme Saturday Banana in the late seventies whilst being one third of comedy legend trio The Goodies. Here […]

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At Last the 1948 Show Revisited!

At Last the 1948 Show Revisted Cert:PGwith Tim Brooke-Taylor and Aimi MacDonald Sat 23rd Jan | Watershed | 9:15AMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 “At Last the 1948 Show” triggered a revolution that was destined to change the face of TV comedy forever. Bursting onto the nation’s small screens in an explosion of unrelated and often surreal sketches, its […]

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Matt Lucas’s Banana Skin

Slapstick Pre-Festival Launch Event Fri 4th December, 8pm £7-£19.50 We’re thrilled to announce that one of  the UK’s best loved entertainers, Matt Lucas, is coming to Bristol for a special Slapstick Festival launch event this December to be held in the beautiful St Georges. Matt is famous for his own brand of slapstick comedy, and has starred in […]

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Slapstick Festival’s Silent Comedy Gala returns to Colston Hall

SILENT COMEDY GALA Fri 22nd January 7.30pm £25/£20concs /£10 under 12s Slapstick Festival’s annual celebration of silent comedy returns to Colston Hall for a 12th year, beginning with a special triple bill. Both wonderfully funny and deeply moving, THE KID (1921) is rightly considered a cinematic masterpiece. Chaplin’s first feature film was a landmark of […]

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Festival Programme 2016

Silent Comedy Gala at Colston Hall Slapstick Festival’s annual celebration of silent comedy returns to Colston Hall for a 12th year, beginning with a special triple bill. Charlie Chaplin’s first feature film, THE KID (1921) is rightly considered a cinematic masterpiece. This is a UK premiere of Chaplin’s own score performed live by a 15-piece […]

Celebrating Dads Army: an Evening of Entertainment with Ian Lavender!

Celebrating Dads Army: an Evening of Entertainment with Ian Lavender!

Saturday 14th June 2014 at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street, Nailsea Our friends at Wellspring Counselling hosted an event with our patron and supporter Ian who will be onstage with writer/broadcaster Chris Serle. The evening included favourite clips from the timeless Dad’s Army television series, Ian’s career on television and on stage and a special […]

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Slapstick Festival 2013

Slapstick Festival 2013 In Photos: When Victoria Wood Hosted The 2013 Slapstick Festival Gala Back in 2012 we were thrilled and excited when the one and only Victoria Wood agreed to host our 2013 gala. As expected she hit the ball out of the park, taking on the roll with aplomb, insight, laughs galore and, […]

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Slapstick Festival 2012

Slapstick Festival 2012 Bristol’s Slapstick Festival returns for an eighth incredible year, bringing laughter and hilarity to Bristol in the dark, early days of the New Year… just when we need it the most! Slapstick Festival is returning to Bristol and it’s bigger and better than ever with seventeen unique events forming our most exciting […]

Slapstick Festival 2008

Slapstick Festival 2008

Slapstick Festival 2008 Taking place at Watershed, Colston Hall,Arnolfini and St George’s Bristol, Slapstick 2008 is bursting at the seams with remarkable film comedy and extraordinary talent. Paul Merton returns to host a very special Slapstick Gala event at Colston Hall, and other highlights include: special guests Peter Lord and Richard Williams hosting a celebration […]

Slapstick Festival 2007

Slapstick Festival 2007

Slapstick Festival 2007 Bristol’s Silent Comedy Festival returns for a third year. Slapstick 2007 is bigger and even funnier than before, with events held across three Bristol venues: Watershed, Arnolfini and Colston Hall. Hosted once more by Paul Merton, it features a wealth of special guests including Bonzo front man and ex-Rutle Neil Innes , […]

Slapstick Festival 2006

Slapstick Festival 2006

Slapstick Festival 2006 Bristol Silents in partnership with Watershed and Colston Hall presents a weekend of classic film comedy and laughter from the ‘big five’: Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy through to ‘lost’ mini masterpieces from the era. Hosted by the inimitable Paul Merton and with this year’s special festival guest former silent […]