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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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Fundraisers Archive

Please support Slapstick’s Big Comedy Night In and help save Slapstick 2021! We are delighted to announce that a stellar line-up of the UK’s best-known comedians and entertainers will take part in an online comedy show on Sunday 27 September (7.30 pm start) as part of efforts to stave off the financial crisis facing Slapstick Festival […]

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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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Gold Rush Competition

GOLDRUSH COMPETITION  Want to win two VIP tickets to our Silent Comedy Gala screening of Charlie’s Chaplin’s The Gold Rush? One of cinema’s most iconic scenes is the bread roll dance from The Gold Rush! We would love to see your modern reinterpretations of this comic gem. To win two VIP tickets to The […]

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Slapstick Volunteer Call Out

Slapstick Festival is returning to Bristol in January with a fantastic line up of incredible stand-up, theatre and of course, silent comedy. And with the festival fast approaching, we need your help! We’re on the lookout for a lovely team of dedicated volunteers who can assist in ensuring the festival runs smoothly! There are lots […]

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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 […]

Silent Comedy Spectacular with Barry Humphries at the London Palladium

Silent Comedy Spectacular with Barry Humphries at the London Palladium

Silent Comedy Spectacular with Barry Humphries at the London Palladium Step inside the iconic London Palladium to be enthralled and entertained by your all-time favourite big-screen comedy stars from yesteryear, accompanied by a live orchestra. A trio of silent comedies from comedy giants Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy, will be presented by […]

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Comedians at Slapstick Festival

Comedians at Slapstick Festival Every year at Slapstick we have an incredible line-up of comedians eager to talk about their passion for early slapstick and silent comedy. This year, many of our ‘family’ of special guests are returning to talk about their early influences including Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Louise Brooks and Alice Howells. […]

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Young Slapstick Reviewers

Young Slapstick Reviewers Six young people attended a fantastic Young Slapstick reviewing workshop with the brilliant Lynn Barlow and then wrote reviews of the Slapstick Gala. Huge thanks to Lynn Barlow for teaching the reviewing workshop, to Cathy Poole for facilitating it, and to all our amazing Young Slapstick reviewers! Slapstick Silent Comedy Gala: Review If you’re not familiar with Bristol’s annual comedy celebration […]

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Slapstick 2018 – In Photos

Slapstick Festival 2018 Slapstick ’18 – In Photos Here are a selection of photos from the 14th edition of Slapstick Festival which we reproduce here with thanks to our brilliant team of photographers, Paul Lippiatt, David Betteridge and Dave Nelson. Check out more of their work on their websites, which can be found here (for […]

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Three Ages Program Notes

THREE AGES (1923) Directed by Buster Keaton USA 63 mins U Three Ages is the first feature-length film that Buster Keaton wrote, directed, produced and starred. The film contains three different stories set in three different time periods of human history: the Stone Age, ancient Rome, and modern times (the Jazz Age). The film was […]

Win Tickets To Ronnie Golden: First A Fender – A Beginner’s Guide to Rock

We’re running a cheeky little competition to win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s event with Ronnie Golden in The Lantern at Colston Hall. To enter just answer this simple question: Ronnie Golden was the former leader of cult 70s New Wave quartet Fabulous Poodles who were famously radio 1 DJ John Peel’s favourite band. Can […]

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Slapstick and Mr. Punch

Slapstick and Mr. Punch January is just around the corner! We are busy, busy, busy in Slapstick HQ getting everything prepped for the festival. One of the new additions to our programme this year is called Young Slapstick! The events are happening on Saturday the 27th and it is a great way to introduce the […]

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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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Pordenone Diaries – Day 2

Pordenone Diaries – Day 2 Sunday was our first full day at the festival. The great thing about the festival in Pordenone is that there is such a variety of screenings. If a screening isn’t to your taste, you can still have a full day of interesting viewing. A festival pass allows you to go […]

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Pordenone Diaries – Day 1

Pordenone Diaries – Day 1 Some of the Slapstick team have just returned from an amazing weekend in Italy and Le Giornate Del Cinema Muto, which is currently running there until Saturday. For those that don’t know, this is an international festival of silent film held annually in Pordenone, Italy. We spent the weekend immersed […]

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The Boot Cake

The Boot Cake One of the tasks that I help with in the festival office is organising and cataloguing the festival’s very large film collection. Most of this involves just inputting the titles into a database, but occasionally, I do have to investigate the title a bit more. It’s always an interesting task, and I […]

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French and Saunders: Bop-a-dooey-oo

French and Saunders: Bop-a-dooey-oo It’s here! It’s finally here! Tomorrow, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will receive the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award. It’s sure to be a fabulous evening packed full of laughter and surprises. French and Saunders will be joining an illustrious group which includes June Whitfield, Barry Humphries, Barry Cryer, and Ken […]

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French & Saunders: Comedy Legends

French & Saunders:Comedy Legends For one night only, the Aardman Slapstick Awards present a unique opportunity to see comedy legends Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in conversation. Celebrating 30 years since the launch of their award-winning TV Series French & Saunders (1987-2007) this is a rare chance to see the pair together on stage as they discuss […]

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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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It all started with Alice…

It all started with Alice… One of the tasks that I’m doing for the festival now is organising its DVD library. It is very interesting going through all the titles… I enjoy coming across new and different films. One of the discs that I was reviewing contained two of Walt Disney’s very early animated shorts. […]

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Field Trip

Field Trip Two weeks ago, I spent a few days in Berlin. They were very rainy days… but I did get to do quite a bit of sightseeing. I always try to seek out interesting places to visit when I am new to a city. One of the highlights of Berlin (at least for me), […]

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A Bit About The Freshman

A Bit About The Freshman Last month, Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman was screened at our annual Silent Comedy Gala. I thought I’d take a moment to share some trivia about it. “The more trouble you get a man into, the more comedy you get out of him” – Harold Lloyd A little bit of trivia: […]

A Few Reviews

A Few Reviews

A Few Reviews Has it really been five days since the festival ended? Just thought I’d post few links to some reviews and articles that were written about our events! Please make sure you read a summary of the festival from Festival Director, Chris Daniels, that is available on our homepage. It’s great to read […]

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A summary of Slapstick 2017

A Summary of Slapstick 2017 A summary of Slapstick 2017 from Chris Daniels I feel incredibly proud! When deciding the programme for the 2017 edition of Slapstick, our thirteenth, I hoped that it would bring light and laughter to Bristol after a year that seemed doomed to be defined by the unprecedented and untimely loss […]

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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 […]

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Keaton/Beckett

Keaton/Beckett Wow! It’s been a freezing start to January in Bristol. What’s amazing about January? Hopefully, you are reading this post as a festival fan! It’s now less than two weeks until Slapstick Festival 2017! There is such a great line-up of events this year. Make sure to check out the programme! I thought I’d […]

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An Epic Day

An Epic Day I spent Tuesday watching the epic of all epics – Napoleon. Bristol cinemagoers have two days left to go experience this film at the Watershed. Go, go, go! Do not let the five and a half hour running time throw you off! (I’m sure you’ve binge-watched a series in a day… or […]

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 […]

A Tribute to Victoria Wood

A Tribute to Victoria Wood

VICTORIA WOOD SAVES SLAPSTICK EVENT Chris was surprised and delighted when the comedian offered her time for free at short notice. Despite her amazing talent, Chris reported that “she was a comedy legend, but really nice, down-to-earth and humble. She would be incredibly nervous before she had to get on stage, but, as soon as she started, […]

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Inside No 9: A Quiet Night In

“A Quiet Night In” with Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmithin Conversation with Robin Ince… Thurs 9th June | Arnolfini | 8:00PMTickets: £15 incl. booking fees 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 […]

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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Matt Lucas’ Banana Skin

Matt Lucas’ Banana SkinSlapstick Pre-Festival Launch Event Fri 4 Dec | St George’s | 8:00PMTickets: £19.50/£15.00/£7.00 (plus booking fee) Matt is one of the UK’s best loved comic actors. From Shooting Stars to Come Fly with Me via the extraordinary global success of Little Britain, Matt’s body of work is full of visual comedy and […]

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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 […]

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It’s Shaun the Sheep!

It’s Shaun the Sheep!With the Writers/Directors in Conversation with Marcus Brigstoke. Sat 23th Jan | St. George’s | 12:30PMTickets: £10.00/£7.50/£5.00 Under 12s £6.00 (plus booking fee) Aardman’s latest movie has been a huge box office success and attracted rave reviews from all over the world. Shaun’s fame is such that the TV series is broadcast […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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NEVER MISS A LUBITSCH!

NEVER MISS A LUBITSCH! The neatest recent assessment of the films of Ernst Lubitsch is that of the Chicago critic Michael Wilminton: they are, he says, “at once elegant and ribald, sophisticated and earthy, urbane and bemused, frivolous yet profound. They were directed by a man who was amused by sex rather than frightened of […]

The Mishaps of Musty Suffer

The Mishaps of Musty Suffer

by Steve Massa Take one hapless tramp that dreams of bathing in bathtubs of beer, suffers from tenacious hookworms, and regularly undergoes reconstructive surgery with blunt instruments but always lives totell about it in the next episode, and you have The Mishaps of Musty Suffer. Done as a comedy serial where each chapter chronicles the […]

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 […]

June Whitfield CBE and Nick Park CBE to become Festival Patrons

June Whitfield CBE and Nick Park CBE to become Festival Patrons

June Whitfield CBE and Nick Park CBE to become Festival Patrons The Slapstick Team are thrilled to be able to announce that veterancomedy actor June Whitfield and Nick Park, the multiple Oscar-winningcreator of Wallace and Gromit, have agreed to become patrons ofSlapstick. We are delighted to be in such distinguished company andto have support from […]

Slapstick 2013

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, […]

Slapstick 2012

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 […]