The Real Charlie Chaplin (2021)

The Real Charlie Chaplin (2021)

Date: Saturday 29th January 2022
Time: 9:20am
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£6.00

Dir: Peter Middleton & James Spinney US 104min

We are honoured to be hosting a screening of the brand new documentary ‘The Real Charlie Chaplin’ fresh off its debut at The London Film festival.

A look at the life and work of the one and only Charlie Chaplin in his own words, featuring an in-depth interview he gave to Life Magazine in 1966.

With unprecedented access to archive footage, as well as talking heads from surviving family members, this documentary reveals never-before-seen insights into the Hollywood star. Introduced by Peter Middleton & James Spinney followed by a Q & A.

You can read a review of the documentary, written by Pamela Hutchinson, here!

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Silent Comedy Gala 2022

Silent Comedy Gala: Hosted by Stephen Mangan

SOLD OUT

Date: Friday 28th January 2022
Time: 8pm
Venue Website: Bristol Cathedral
Map: Bristol Cathedral
Price: £12.00 – £25.00, Plus booking fees.

Step inside Bristol’s spectacular Cathedral for a very special triple-bill of silent comedy classics on the big screen, accompanied by live music.

Join us for an evening of live music and classic onscreen comedies in an event showcasing your all-time favourite comedy stars.

Your host for the evening will be the hugely gifted actor, comedian, presenter and writer, Steven Mangan, who achieved fame through TV roles in Green Wing, Episodes, Dirk Gently and The Split (among others) and has subsequently also written a best-selling children’s book, Escape The Rooms.

Stephen is a huge Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy fan, and he can’t wait to introduce Buster to new audiences at Slapstick Festival’s 17th annual Silent Comedy Gala.

The highlight of the evening is a complete screening of Buster Keaton’s last great film, the outstanding comedy masterpiece The Cameraman (1928). Accompanied by an improvised score from The European Silent Screen virtuosi featuring  Günter A. Buchwald, Frank Bockius and Romano Todesco, the film famously features several of the most celebrated sequences in cinema history.

Other highlights include short comedies from the timeless Laurel & Hardy and thrill picture legend Harold Lloyd. This truly will be a thrill-packed evening – not to be missed!

Book early to avoid disappointment and get the best view in the house!

“A Bristol Institution” Bristol Post.

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Slapstick Conversations: Buster Keaton

Slapstick Conversations: Buster Keaton

With James Curtis

Date: Friday 28th January 2022
Time: 3.30pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £6.50/£4.00

James Curtis, admired biographer of Preston Sturges, W.C.Fields and Spencer Tracy, gives us the richest, most comprehensive life story to date of the legendary actor, stunt artist, screenwriter, director and comedic master Buster Keaton, in his latest biography Buster Keaton: A Filmmakers’ Life.

Buster transformed movie-making by elevating physical comedy on film to the highest of art forms.

His silent shorts and features remain as startling, innovative, and irresistible today as they were when they first beguiled audiences almost a century ago.

In partnership with Festival of Ideas, Slapstick is proud to present a special ‘in conversation’ with James Curtis* on Zoom, live from California, hosted by Bristol Ideas director Andrew Kelly**. In collaboration with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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*James Curtis is the author of James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters; Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges; William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come; Spencer Tracy: A Biography, and W. C. Fields: A Biography (winner of the 2004 Theatre Library Association Award, Special Jury Prize). His most recent work is Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern Comedy. His new biography of Buster Keaton will be published February 2022 by Alfred A. Knopf. In addition, Curtis has edited three books on film-related subjects, including a biography of actor Walter Huston. He lives in Brea, California.

**Andrew Kelly is Director of Bristol Ideas. He is also a film historian. His projects include We The Curious, Bristol Legible City, Brunel200, Bristol800, Bristol Film 2021 and the annual Bristol Great Reading Adventure. He is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England and has published 15 books on issues ranging from film and cinema history to Brunel and engineering, the future of cities and 100 years of Bristol aerospace.

The Patsy (1928)

The Patsy (1928)

With Sally Phillips & Ronni Ancona

Date: Friday 28th January 2022
Time: 1:00pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£5.00

Dir: King Vidor US 78min U

Following the gala screening of ‘Show People’ at The Cathedral, the iconic Marion Davies shines in one of the best of her many collaborations with director King Vidor.

The Patsy does not skip a beat. No scene, gag or joke is out of place in this delightful movie, which follows the trials and tribulations of an awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister’s boyfriend.

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney and introduced by Ronni Ancona and Sally Phillips.

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W.C. Fields: Sally of the Sawdust

W.C. Fields: Sally of the Sawdust

With Dr Harriet Fields and Chris Serle

Date: Friday 28th January 2022
Time: 10:00am
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £6.50/£4.00

Dir: D.W Griffith US 104mins U

The irascible and immensely talented W.C Fields stars alongside silent film darling Carol Dempster as they form a sort of father/daughter relationship in ‘Sally of the Sawdust’.

When her circus mother dies, young Sally (Dempster) is raised by Professor McGargle (Fields), a juggler and small-time con man. McGargle trains Sally to dance for his opening act, and after their success, the pair join a carnival in this rare D.W Griffith comedy.

Putting these two incredible actors together in the circus is bound to make for a great comedy.

With an introduction from presenter Chris Serle and a personal message from Dr Harriet Fields (Fields’ granddaughter). With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

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Slapstick Divas: Hosted by Sally Phillips and Ronni Ancona

Slapstick Divas

Hosted by Sally Phillips and Ronni Ancona

Date: Thursday 27th January 2022
Time: 8.30pm
Venue Website: Bristol Cathedral
Map: Bristol Cathedral
Price: £10 – £22, plus booking fees.

Welcome to an evening of brilliant, rarely seen silent comedies in Bristol’s magnificent cathedral as we celebrate the outstanding leading women in some of the funniest on-screen comedy from the golden age of silents.

Actor and comedian Sally Phillips is joined by Actor and Impressionist Ronni Ancona as they host this fascinating evening celebrating three silent comedy deities.

Highlights include a rare screening of SHOW PEOPLE (1928) featuring Marion Davies, the silent starlet who is still reaching new heights today as one of the stand-out characters in the recent Oscar-winning Netflix drama MANK (2020).

In addition shorts from Mabel Normand, part of the inspiration for the Tony Award nominated musical MACK & MABEL, and the first female director Alice Guy-Blaché.

Expect an electric night of classic comedies on the big screen with a live audience alongside live musical accompaniment from the European Silent Screen Virtuosi: Stephen Horne.

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David Mitchell’s Top Comedy Moments

David Mitchell’s

Top Comedy Moments (SOLD OUT)

Date: Thursday 27th January 2022
Time: 6pm
Venue Website: Bristol Cathedral
Map: Bristol Cathedral
Price: £10.00 – £22.00, Plus booking fees.

Comedian, writer and actor David Mitchell is making his debut at Slapstick festival in our ever-popular Top Comedy Moments strand.

During the show, David will reveal his favourite and most influential moments of on-screen comedy with his host Matthew Sweet (Free Thinking, Radio 3).

We are delighted to be hosting this unique opportunity to discover what helped shape the comedic mind of the cynical yet always hilarious king of dry wit.

Known for his memorable on-screen performances such as Ben Elton’s satirical interpretation of Shakespeare on ‘Upstart Crow’, his stellar portfolio of fine television and radio comedy including the enduring Would I Lie to You, The Mitchell and Webb look, The Unbelievable Truth and the BAFTA winning cult classic Peep Show.

With an opportunity to ask David a question too, this is a rare chance to hear the man discuss his comedy influences.

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Lloyd: The Kid Brother (1927)

Lloyd: The Kid Brother (1927)

With Suzanne Lloyd

Date: Thursday 27th January 2022
Time: 3:00pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£5.00

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Slapstick legend Harold Lloyd stars in one of the greatest ever silent comedies ‘The Kid Brother’.

Lloyd is undoubtedly an icon of the silent era, and this film is an incredible testament to his talent.

Perfectly paced, it balances humour and action into a beautifully crafted story of a sheriff’s timid son, someone who has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town.

With live piano accompaniment from John Sweeney.

Introduced by Suzanne Lloyd (Lloyd’s granddaughter).

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First Women in Comedy

First Women in Comedy

With Sian Norris and Lucy Porter

Date: Thursday 27th January 2022
Time: 1:00pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£5.00

Lucy Porter and Sian Norris present a series of short films celebrating pioneering women in film comedy. Between 1914 and 1919, Universal Studios released 170 movies from women directors. By comparison, between 2007 – 2017, only 53 films directed by women were among the 1,223 which made it into each year’s chart of top 100 movies at the box office.

Featuring films from pioneering directors Alice Guy Blache, Mabel Normand, Lois Weber and more, Lucy and Sian discuss the films and the culture of the period and take a look at women in comedy today. With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

Sian Norris is a writer and journalist. She is the Chief European and Social Affairs Reporter at Byline Times and her book, Birth Violence, will be published in 2022 by Verso. She is the founder of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival. Lucy Porter is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor who can often be heard on Radio 4 on ‘Just a Minute’, ‘Quote…Unquote’ and ‘The Personality Test’.

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An Old Gangster Molls (1927)

An Old Gangster Molls (1927)

With Lucy Porter

Date: Thursday 27th January 2022
Time: 10:00am
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £6.50/£4.00

Dir: Svatopluk Innemann CZ 108min U

This Czechoslovakian silent comedy ‘An Old Gangster Molls’ stars Anny Ondra, who later became one of Hitchcock’s leads in his classic silent thriller ‘Blackmail’ (1929).

She plays alongside Czech greats like Vlasta Burian and Jan W. Speerger in this screwball comedy about a factory owner and his uncle, who swap their identities and invent incredible stories to escape marriage in this classic filled with physical comedy and exquisitely observed situational humour.

With an introduction from comedian and presenter Lucy Porter and live accompaniment by John Sweeney on the piano and Frank Bockius on percussion.

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Chaplin: The Circus (1928)

Chaplin: The Circus (1928)

SOLD OUT

With David Robinson

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 5.20pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£5.00

Dir: Charles Chaplin US 81mins U

Charlie Chaplin once again dons his iconic ‘Tramp’ character in his film ‘The Circus’.

Released in 1928, Chaplin was already a household name and one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, and his newest film would continue to cement his legacy.

The iconic tightrope scene permanently etched Chaplin into the minds of everyone who saw it.

Nothing can make you forget seeing Chaplin’s tramp walk a tightrope with such grace, all with a group of monkeys on his back.

With a pre-recorded introduction from film historian David Robinson

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My Grandmother (1929)

My Grandmother (1929)

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 3:30pm
Venue: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£6.00

Dir: Kote Mikaberidze Soviet Union 80mins

My Grandmother’ is an avant-garde gem of early Soviet Union filmmaking, banned for almost 50 years for some not so subtle political criticism.

This experimental film is an incredibly sophisticated piece of silent cinema. Following his sacking, our protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, must seek out a benefactor, a “grandmother” in the slang of the day, and make them write a letter of recommendation for him to return to his job.

Director Kote Mikaberidze has created an incredibly euphoric film, blending together animated sequences, modern editing techniques, bold satire and absurdist set designs.

With a recorded introduction from actor and early Russian cinema enthusiast Paul McGann, My Grandmother will also feature live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

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Max Linder: Be My Wife (1921)

Max Linder: Be My Wife (1921)

With Serge Bromberg

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 1:20pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£6.00

Dir: Max Linder US 55min

Max Linder writes, directs and stars in the second of his three American films (Be My Wife). He plays the role of ‘The Fiancé’ and is determined to woo his girlfriend Mary and make her his wife, but in typical Hollywood romance fashion, the soon-to-be aunt-in-law Agatha does not approve of Max and tries to set up Mary with another man.

This love triangle comedy makes incredible use of visual and physical gags and perfectly showcases the French comic’s elegant yet chaotic performance.

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney along with an online introduction from silent film champion and Lobster Films co-founder Serge Bromberg.

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Silent Ozu: Days Of Youth (1929)

Silent Ozu: Days Of Youth (1929)

With David Robinson

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 10:30am
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £6.50/£4.00

Dir: Yasujirô Ozu JP 103mins U

The oldest known surviving film by legendary Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu, with an introduction by film historian David Robinson. Ozu’s debut feature film ‘Days of Youth’ is a carefree and joyful romantic comedy that follows the extravagant efforts of two men unknowingly competing for the same girl.

Made in the director’s student days, it is his most lighthearted film and although it’s very different to his later work, a keen eye could certainly spot how this film helped shape the incredible career he had ahead of him.

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

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Ben Model & Steve Massa Live from New York

Ben Model & Steve Massa Live from New York*

Edward Everett Horton – Silent Comedian?

Date: Tuesday 25th January 2022
Time: 5.30pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £6.50/£4.00

Ben Model and Steve Massa join us live from New York as they live-stream their latest discoveries in silent comedy from their homes into Watershed in this Pre-Festival special event.

Edward Everett Horton is remembered today for his fussy on-screen character in Hollywood sound films such as Top Hat (1935).

While never thought of as a silent slapstick comedian, he actually was!

He had a substantial career in 1920s silent comedies, culminating in eight starring two-reelers – produced by no less than Harold Lloyd.

Undercrank Production’s new DVD Edward Everett Horton: 8 Silent Comedies presents the whole series.

This programme, curated and hosted by Ben Model and silent comedy historian Steve Massa, presents three of Horton’s best – Find the King (1927), Scrambled Weddings (1928) and Dad’s Choice (1928).

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*Ben Model and Steve Massa have been entertaining silent comedy fans throughout 2020 and 2021 with their Sunday night Silent Comedy Watch Parties. The live-streamed events, showcasing rare and better-known silent comedy, have been creating a buzz and keeping people laughing across the globe at a time when it’s been most needed.

Slapstick Conversations: W.C.Fields

Slapstick Conversations: W.C.Fields

Pre-Festival, Live Online Event
With James Curtis

Date: Wednesday 19 January 2022
Time: 8.00pm

W C Fields’ career spanned the whole of the 20th Century—burlesque, vaudeville, the legitimate stage, silent pictures, talkies, radio, books, and recordings.

He made some of the great enduring comedies of all time, including “It’s a Gift”, “My Little Chickadee”, and “The Bank Dick”. 

James Curtis – author of the definitive biography W C Fields – joins Slapstick live online to talk about the great man and his work and show some clips of his work.

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Slapstick Live Online: Virtual Festival

Slapstick Festival 2022

19th – 30th January

This year some of the fantastic Slapstick Festival 2022 live events will also be available online – Access them now with a Slapstick Online Pass or event ticket

Slapstick Live Online
Slapstick Live Online

Sorry I Haven’t a Clue Live

47 Years Without A Clue: Featuring Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer Talk With Rob Brydon

During Slapstick 2020, the I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue team gathered in Bristol for an event celebrating the legacy of Britain’s best-loved radio panel game show.

At the time, we had no idea that the world was about to become engulfed in a global pandemic; or that we would soon lose one of our most popular festival attendees, the lovely Tim Brooke-Taylor, shortly after. This event was the very last time Tim performed with his old playmates, Graeme and Barry.

Hosted by Rob Brydon, the team gave us an unforgatable night, enjoy!

Slapstick Festival 2021

Slapstick Festival 2021

The year we went online!

This is the year where nothing went to plan and as we were preparing for the 2021 Festival, Bristol went into the highest tier of Covid-19 restrictions.

Using the £11,000 raised by a festival’s crowdfunding campaign during lockdown, we made the decision to go online.

Festival Director Chris Daniels tackled the technology of Facebook to discuss the plans for the 2021, which included the screening of the Clara Bow film Kid Boots.

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Below are the events we put on in 2021!

Big Comedy Bash 23rd September 2021

Big Comedy Bash 23rd September 2021

THE BIG COMEDY BASH IS BACK!

On Thursday, the 23rd of September, Slapstick’s BIG Comedy Bash (Annual Fundraiser) took place at the Hexagon in Reading.

Hosted by Slapstick patron ROBIN INCE, the stellar comic line-up also included JACK DEEJO BRANDARTHUR SMITH and PIPPA EVANS.

Below are some onstage and backstage pictures of the event!

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GET YOUR FESTIVAL MERCH!

Slapstick merchandise is usually only available on-site in festival venues, but this year we have partnered with online design platform REDBUBBLE to offer a positively vast selection of bespoke gear!

We hope you can find something there to make your experience with the festival more fun at home.

SLAPSTICK 2021 IS LIVE!


Slapstick Live Online

1-7 March 2021

This year Slapstick Festival has gone online!

Highlights include:

  • Rare access to silent films starring Clara Bow, W.C. Fields, Harold Lloyd, Max Linder and Josephine Baker
  • Comedy celebrations with contemporary comedians Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Lucy Porter, Rob Brydon, Stuart Lee, Henning Wehn and Jessica Martin
  • Exciting guests live from America including Dr Harriet Fields and Suzanne Lloyd (granddaughters of silent screen legends W.C.Fields and Harold Lloyd), Ben Model and Steve Massa whose Silent Comedy Watch Party streams have been a huge success throughout the current pandemic and Hattie Jacques son, Robin Le Mesurier
  • A celebration of Moms Mabley who broke racial and sexual boundaries and continues to inspire comedians to this day 
  • Live Q and As and virtual hangouts

Full details about the festival, which we’re proud to run out of Bristol, a UNESCO City of Film, can be found either on the Eventive website itself or via our programme which is available to download as a pdf.

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Slapstick Festival 2020

Slapstick 2020

The 16th edition of Bristol’s own Slapstick Festival celebrates comedy in all its aspects – the never-surpassed classic silent film comedy, the great era of classic comedy on television, and live visual performance.

Rediscovered silent comedy classics will be seen at Watershed and Bristol Cathedral on 23rd and 24th January, in part chosen by our guest curator: Serge Bromberg, founder-director of Lobster films, and one of the world’s great saviours and restorers of “lost” historic films.

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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 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Frankie BoyleJo BrandRob BrydonStephen FryMatt LucasLee MackStephen MerchantLucy PorterRichard HerringHarry Hill and Michael Palin are just some of the stars lined up to appear in Slapstick’s one-off Big Comedy Night In, being hosted live by comedian, broadcaster and Slapstick supporter Robin Ince.

The online show is being put on to replace the live fundraisers which usually provide 80% of the festival’s finances throughout the year and are now impossible due to Covid19.

Laurel & Hardy: Bacon Grabbers (1929) Live At Slapstick Festival With Marcus Brigstocke

Laurel & Hardy: Bacon Grabbers (1929) Live At Slapstick Festival With Marcus Brigstocke

Laurel & Hardy: Bacon Grabbers (1929) Live At Slapstick Festival With Marcus Brigstocke

In January 2019 the Slapstick gala moved to The Hippodrome for the first year ever, where it was hosted by satirist and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

Coming as the gala did hot on the heels of the release of Stan & Ollie (2018), the film starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, we knew when we were programming it that a classic Laurel & Hardy silent would have to feature. We chose their 1929 two-reeler Bacon Grabbers and commissioned a score from Martin Pring of Bristol Ensemble.

As part of our Laughter in Lockdown series from the Slapstick archive, we now present the archive recording of the world premiere of Martin’s score, along with some audience laughter to boot!

This release represents the first opportunity for people who were not in the audience on the night to hear it!

French & Saunders: Live @ Slapstick Festival Comedy Legend Awards with Mel Giedroyc

French & Saunders: Live @ Slapstick Festival Comedy Legend Awards with Mel Giedroyc

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French & Saunders: Live @ Slapstick Festival Comedy Legend Awards with Mel Giedroyc

All 1,800 tickets sold out within hours and many 100s more fans were turned away when we announced in 2017 that we were re-uniting Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders live on stage for the first time in almost a decade for a one-off show celebrating their 35-year contribution to screen comedy.

And now the event is back – this time as the latest free-to-view treat to be released from Slapstick’s vaults as part of its on-going Laughter in Lockdown series and complemented on Sunday 28 June (8 pm) by a free-to-join Watch Party + live Twitter chat.

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Laughter In Lockdown #10 – Ken Dodd at the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Awards

Laughter In Lockdown #10 – Ken Dodd at the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Awards

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Laughter In Lockdown #10 – Ken Dodd at the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Awards

In 2016 Slapstick Festival welcomed Sir Ken Dodd to Bristol where he became the fourth recipient of the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award.

Never one to do interviews in this way, this truly was a coup for Slapstick.

In conversation with writer and broadcaster Dr Matthew Sweet, Ken was in scintillating form on the night.

We hope you enjoy the tenth release in our Laughter in Lockdown series.

*This film is the unedited version of the whole event. The clips have all been left in – even though they are not visible – for reference only. This episode will be replaced with a shorter, edited version in July.

Laughter In Lockdown #9 – Jo Brand’s Top Comedy Picks

Laughter In Lockdown #9 – Jo Brand’s Top Comedy Picks

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Laughter In Lockdown #9 – Jo Brand’s Top Comedy Picks

In 2018 Jo Brand made her debut at Slapstick Festival where she delighted and entertained a sold-out audience with a selection of her top comedy picks.

Jo had been someone we’d wanted to bring to Slapstick for some time, so when the undisputed comedy icon agreed to join us at Bristol Old Vic we couldn’t have been happier.

So settle back and enjoy Jo Brand in conversation with Robin Ince as she tells us about what makes her laugh, who her comedy  online australia heroes are and why (shock, horror) she isn’t a huge fan of slapstick comedy!

Laughter In Lockdown #8 – Lee Mack hosts Laurel & Hardy’s Liberty (1929)

Laughter In Lockdown #8 – Lee Mack hosts Laurel & Hardy’s Liberty (1929)

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Laughter In Lockdown #8 – Lee Mack hosts Laurel & Hardy’s Liberty (1929)

Back in January 2018 stand up comedian and writer Lee Mack joined us at Colston Hall to present his “Laurel and Hardy Classics” – a unique evening of hilarious extracts, comedy, music and film devoted to the greatest comedy double act of all time.

The star of long-running BBC sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ and ‘Would I Lie to You?’ team captain had chosen a selection of his favourite Laurel & Hardy clips and shorts for a packed Colston Hall audience.

One of the many highlights of the night was a complete screening of the boys’  classic silent comedy, Liberty (1929), which also featured the world premiere of a new semi-improvised score from composer Guenter A. Buchwald performed live by the European Silent Screen Virtuosi, who also included Romano Todesco, Frank Bockius and Marc Roos.

Laughter In Lockdown #7 – Tim Vine’s Top Comedy Picks with Richard Herring

Laughter In Lockdown #7 – Tim Vine’s Top Comedy Picks with Richard Herring

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Laughter In Lockdown #7 – Tim Vine’s Top Comedy Picks with Richard Herring

Just over a year ago, in January 2019, stand up legend and master of the one-liner Tim Vine joined fellow comedian Richard Herring on stage at Bristol Old Vic to talk about some of his favourite comedy shows and films.

The show crackled along as these two masters of quick wit and tight timing teamed up for an illuminating trip down memory lane. It also got quite poignant at times as Tim reflected on his late Dad’s influence on his comedy – and he even selected a clip of his Dad joining him on stage to tell a joke as one of his favourite comedy moments.

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

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

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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 included her triumphantly hosting our 2013 gala), we knew we had to celebrate her life at the following year’s festival.

So, in collaboration with Bristol Festival of Ideas and The University of Bristol, we convened a panel which included stand-up comedians Pippa Evans and Lucy Porter, along with comedy and theatre historian Louise Wingrove, to discuss her extraordinary legacy and influence. Needless to say, the show sold out in double-quick time.

The event was hosted by Andrew Kelly and is the latest Laughter In Lockdown release.