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In Photos: Stand Out – Stand Up For Slapstick

In Photos: Stand Out – Stand Up For Slapstick

On Wednesday 14th September Slapstick welcomed six brilliant comedians to Colston Hall for a cracking night of top notch stand up comedy. Hosting the night was Mr. Jack Dee, who introduced a veritable slew of performers including Jason Manford, Richard Herring, Susan Calman, Pippa Evans, Tony Hawks and Richard Herring. Slapstick photographer Paul Lippiatt was on duty for the […]

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Inside No 9: A Quiet Night In

Slapstick Festival, Bristol’s annual celebration of silent, visual and classic onscreen comedy is delighted to host this special one-off event with the creators, writers and stars of BBC2’s anthology of dark comedy INSIDE NO 9. Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith make a rare onstage appearance to discuss their influential comic incarnation with Infinite Monkey Cage co-host […]

Stand Up For Slapstick 2016 – Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter & More…

Sun 12th Jun | Colston Hall | 7:30PM . Marcus Brigstocke . Robin Ince . Jeremy Hardy . Lucy Porter . Mitch Benn . Boothby Graffoe .  Tickets: £21.50 – £25.00 It’s back! The Sell Out Stand Up For Slapstick returns to Colston Hall this summer for a fifth year. Join us for an evening of fun, madness […]

Michael Crawford: Visual Comedy Legend

Michael Crawford: Visual Comedy Legend

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Michael Crawford: Visual Comedy Legend Sun 23rd October | St. George’s | 1:00PM Tickets: £8.00/£16.00/£22.00  (plus booking fee) As the accident-prone yet loveable Frank Spencer in BBC TV’s classic comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973-78), Michael Crawford captivated 16 million viewers a week and turned “Ooh, Betty” into a national catchphrase. The role also earned […]

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Jollywood!

JollyWood! The Golden Age of Mancunian films Cert: PGPerformer Mike Livesley (Sir Henry at Rawlinson End/Bonzo Dog-Doo-Dah Band) Thur 21st Jan | Watershed | 4:00PMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 A whistle-stop charabang ride through the almost mythical world of Mancunian Film studio known affectionately as ‘Jollywood’. In 1932 a meeting took place between film distributors James Blakeley, his […]

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Here Come The Double Deckers!

Here Come the Double Deckers: Re-united! Cert:U UPDATE! See below. Sun 24th Jan | Watershed | 11:10AMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 ‘Come on board’ for the ride of your life and meet members of the original cast of The Double Deckers. Meet Debbie Russ (Tiger) and Dr Gillian Bush-Bailey (Billie) as they discuss the phenomenal success of the slapstick […]

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Rediscovered and Restored

Rediscovered and Restored! Cert: PGwith Serge Bromberg Wed 20th Jan | Watershed | 8:30PMTickets: £6.50/£9.00  The days of watching old flickering images from faded silent film prints are almost gone. In their place comes the glorious parade of meticulously restored prints from the world’s finest film archives. Witness the talents of one of Europe’s finest […]

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Chaplin’s the Kid: Inside Story

Chaplin’s The Kid: The Inside Story Cert: PGwith David Robinson Fri 22nd Jan  | Watershed | 5:40PMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 Chaplin authority David Robinson offers fresh insights on Chaplin’s THE KID – presented later this evening with live performance of Chaplin’s own musical score.   One of the world’s great comedies, at the same time achieving a […]

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Mack Sennett: King Of Comedy

Mack Sennett: King Of Comedy Cert: Uwith David Robinson Fri 22nd Jan | Watershed | 11:30AMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 David Robinson* film critic, author and Chaplin’s official biographer will be celebrating the mastermind of early slapstick comedy, the actor and producer, Mack Sennett. David will take you on a journey through his best comedy shorts from the […]

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SPECIAL EVENT: Chicago (1927)

THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL EVENT Chicago (1927) with Denise Coffey Cert:PGWith live accompaniment by The European Silent Screen VirtuosiCecil B DeMIlle US Thur 21st Jan | Arnolfini | 8:00PMTickets: £7.50/£10.50 Starring Phyllis Haver in an understated comic appearance, this is the original version of the subsequent global musical and Hollywood film Chicago. Based on a true […]

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Way Out West (1937)

Laurel & Hardy: Way Out West (1937) Cert: U introduced by Bill Oddie UPDATE – Programme Change…See Below!  Sunday Morning Slapstick With Bill Oddie: Laurel & Hardy Sun 24th Jan | Watershed | 9:15AMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 Like most Slapstick comedy, best laid plans do sometimes go awry. Due to unforeseen circumstances relating to rights clearances, please […]

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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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Wild and Woolly (1917)

Way Out West: Douglas FairbanksWild and Woolly (1917) Cert: PGDir John Emerson US Fri 22nd Jan | Watershed | 3:30PMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 Starring the King of Hollywood, Douglas Fairbanks, Wild and Woolly is one of the best action packed comedy Westerns of the silent era. Jeff is a rich Easterner who always wanted to live in […]

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Anita Loos: Hollywood Pioneer

Anita Loos: Hollywood Pioneer Cert: PGwith Lucy Porter Fri 22nd Jan | Watershed | 1:30PMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 Lucy Porter talks about the fascinating life of Anita Loos – one of early Hollywood’s most talented and prolific screenwriters. Her friends and collaborators included DW Griffith, the Talmadge sisters, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. A troubled marriage to fellow […]

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Home James (1928)

Laura La Plante: Home James (1928)With Kevin BrownlowDir William Beaudine US Fri 22nd Jan | Watershed | 09:30AMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 “It got bad reviews at the time but old films often mature on the shelf like fine wine. When I finally saw this picture, 70 years after it was made, I thought it hilarious. Laura la […]

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The Awful Truth (1937)

SOLD OUT Cary Grant:  The Awful Truth (1937) Cert: PGintroduced by Lucy PorterDir: Leo McCarey US Thur 21st Jan | Watershed | 5:50PMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT. Bristol’s legendary Cary Grant teams with screwball comedy’s most underrated actress, Irene Dunne, in the film that broke him as a romantic lead. Named as […]

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Silent Comedy Westerns

Silent Comedy Westerns Cert: PGWith Kevin Brownlow Thur 21st Jan | Watershed | 2:00PMTickets: £6.00/£8.00 Oscar winning director and film historian Kevin Brownlow shares some of his favourite and lesser known Western comedy shorts. With impersonations of famous Western stars, and gags that mock the best cliché’s of the genre, Kevin will take us on […]

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Tim Vine: Why I Love SGT Bilko

Tim Vine: Why I Love SGT Bilko Sat 23rd Jan | St. George’s | 2:40PMTickets: £10.00/£7.50/£5.00 (plus booking fee) Award winning punster and stand up comedian Tim Vine shares his admiration and passion for Phil Silvers. In particular his longrunning sitcom, The Phil Silvers Show known fondly to most as simply ‘Bilko’. From its initial […]

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Passionate About Buster

Passionate About BusterWith Ian Lavender and Robin Ince UPDATE: Please see below. Sat 23rd Jan | St. George’s | 8:00PMTickets: £19.50/£15.00/£7.00 (plus booking fee) As mutual admirers of the great ‘stone-face’ Ian Lavender and *Robin Ince will delight the audience telling us how they’ve been inspired by Keaton’s stunt work and comedy. This will be followed by a superb double […]

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Marcus Meets the Goodies

Marcus Meets the Goodies Sat 23rd Jan | St. George’s | 5:00PMTickets: £15.00/£12.00/£6.00 (plus booking fee) Satirist and comedian Marcus Brigstocke (God Collar, The Brig Society) meets the UK’s finest comedy trio reunited at Slapstick Festival for a rare public screening of their western comedy classic ‘Bun Fight at the OK Tea Rooms’ (1975) Dir […]

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Ken Dodd OBE: Comedy Legend

SOLD OUT! Ken Dodd OBE: Comedy Legend Mon 25th Jan | St George’s | 7:30PMTickets: £22.00/£16.00/£8.00 (plus booking fee) THIS EVENT HAD NOW SOLD OUT! We are absolutely tickled pink to be giving the fourth annual ‘Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award’ to none other than comedy icon and national treasure, Ken Dodd. He is unrivalled […]

Become a Slapsticker!

A Massive Thank You! A huge thanks to all the Slapstickers who donated to our Kickstarter campaign and helped make the 2016 Slapstick Festival. We surpassed our goal and it’s all because of you. Whether you pledged £100 or £1 or simply shared our posts – thank you for making Slapstick 2016 the best it’s going […]

Intertitle Competition

Intertitle Competition

What would your funny inter-title say? Create your own caption to win! Slapstick Fans and Followers – we’re giving away two tickets to this year’s screening of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ For a chance to win all you have to do is head over to Twitter Follow @SlapstickFest Tweet us with your intertitle caption and use #Slapstick2016(e.g. […]

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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 […]

Barry Cryer: Comedy Legend – photo gallery by Adam Johnson

Barry Cryer: Comedy Legend – photo gallery by Adam Johnson

Last Friday Slapstick Festival, in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas and Aardman Animations, awarded Barry Cryer OBE with the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award. In accepting it Barry became the third winner of the award, joining Barry Humphries CBE (2014) and June Whitfield CBE (2013). More information about the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award […]

Barry Cryer: Comedy Legend – photo gallery by Adam Johnson

Barry Cryer: Comedy Legend – photo gallery by Adam Johnson

Last Friday Slapstick Festival, in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas and Aardman Animations, awarded Barry Cryer OBE with the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award. In accepting it Barry became the third winner of the award, joining Barry Humphries CBE (2014) and June Whitfield CBE (2013). More information about the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award […]

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 […]