Silent Comedy Gala 2022

Silent Comedy Gala: Hosted by Stephen Mangan

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.

SILENT COMEDY GALA with Stephen Mangan

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

The Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Slapstick Festival 2022

Laughter is Live @ Slapstick Festival 2022

The ‘Laughter is Live At Slapstick’

…….back in bristol venues

Following a hugely successful pivot to online for the 2021 edition, Slapstick Festival is thrilled to announce that it will be returning to Bristol venues for its 18th edition in January 2022!

The five-day festival will run from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th January 2022.

Excitingly, around a third of the events will also be streamed online, making for our most accessible festival ever! 

We can’t wait to share more information about Slapstick 2022 with you very soon!

2022 slapstick festival
2022 slapstick festival

Festival Director Chris Daniels says

“This is definitely shaping up to be our most exciting programme to date. Given that we’ve been away for almost two years and that so many people have been having such a terrible time living through this pandemic we really want to deliver something very special this year. Having Stephen (Mangan) onboard as the host of our flagship gala event too is wonderful, Steven is such a passionate admirer of Keaton and he absolutely loves silent comedy! What’s more is he’s a hugely talented comic actor and presenter, so he’s the perfect host for us..”

The first festival tickets, including the gala, will go on-sale in early October  when the first events are announced.

With rare screenings of Czechoslovakian and Japanese silent comedies and the return of festival regulars Lucy Porter, Robin Ince and Bill Oddie this edition will delight and charm comedy fans of all ages.