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!

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!


This event is now over, you can, however, download the event program below

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.

Slapstick Festival 2020

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.

Main 2020 website

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

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

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)

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.