The Big Comedy Bash ’24

The Big Comedy Bash ’24

With Josh Widdicombe, Angela Barnes, Lou Sanders, Lucy Porter + more

Monday 29th April
Dir: Terry Gilliam 1985 USA 142mins Cert 15
20:00 Hexagon, Reading (Queen Walk, Berks. RG1 7QF)
PG Advised, Ages 14+
Box Office 0118 960 6060
Price: £32.50

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Your host for the evening is ROBIN INCE.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of laughter and stand up at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading!

The highly anticipated Big Comedy Bash returns, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. 

With your host Robin Ince and featuring an outstanding line-up of top comedians, including the fabulous Josh Widdecombe along with star performers Angela Barnes, Lou Sanders, Lucy Porter and Marjolein Robertson.
        
This special night of comedy is one not to be missed. 
Please note that the show is PG advised and only suitable for individuals aged 14 and above.

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Celebrating the Onscreen Comedy of Robert Lindsay: The Aardman Slapstick Comedy Award

Celebrating the Onscreen Comedy of Robert Lindsay: The Aardman Slapstick Comedy Award

Sunday 18th February
20:30 – 22:00 Bristol Old Vic Theatre
from £15-£35 plus fees

He is feted as one of the UK’s most versatile actors – justly praised for his performances in dramas, thrillers, biopics, musicals and Shakespeare plays on stage, film and TV.

Robert Lindsay’s comedy credentials are equally impressive, thanks to long-running roles in acclaimed series’ such as My Family and Citizen Smith and cameo appearances in a wide range of sitcoms, including Absolutely Fabulous, Extras, The Office and in Victoria Wood Xmas special.

Here, he shares favourite stories from his outstanding career in comedy before receiving the Aardman Slapstick Award for Comedy made especially for him by Aardman model-makers and inspired by his portrayal of Wolfie ‘Power To the People’ Smith. Hosted by journalist/broadcaster Matthew Sweet.

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The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret

The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret

Sunday 18th February
19:30 Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Lucky Dog Theatre Productions return to Slapstick with a follow-up to their internationally loved and award-winning ‘Hats Off To Laurel And Hardy’ with a new show recreating favourite Stan and Ollie movie sequences plus sketches and song and dance routines performed by the duo during their 1940s/50s theatre tours, including on their visit to Bristol Hippodrome.

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The Dark Comic Genius of Terry Gilliam

The Dark Comic Genius of Terry Gilliam

The Aardman Slapstick Award for Visual Comedy

Sunday 18th February
18:00 Bristol Old Vic
£35.00 (£24.00/£15.00)

Film and comedy enthusiasts have long marvelled at Terry Gilliam’s artistic, inventive imagery, and his ability to craft extraordinary worlds since his early days contributing animated content to the groundbreaking Do Not Adjust Your Set (1968) and the iconic Monty Python series (1969–1974).

After co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Terry created a series of highly acclaimed feature films including: Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018).

As one of cinema’s great visionary talents, it is perhaps befitting that Terry Gilliam is the well-deserved recipient of 2024’s Aardman Slapstick Award for Visual Comedy, honouring his enduring onscreen legacy.

In this live conversation, Terry reflects on this remarkable body of work along with a dazzling array of clips A celebration of Gilliam’s unparalleled impact on dark comedy in the cinematic landscape

Event running Time 1hrs 25 mins

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The Laugheologists

The Laugheologists

Sunday 18th February
17:00 Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Taking Mark Twain’s advice “Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story”, humourists Barnaby Eaton-Jones and Robert Hammond offer up an illustrated lecture delving into comedy’s history and introducing a hilarious cast of overlooked, and possibly spoof, comedians who never quite made it.

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Adam Hills’ Desert Island Comedy Flicks

Adam Hills’ Desert Island Comedy Flicks

Hosted by Robin Ince

Sunday 18th February
15:30 Bristol Old Vic
£15 -£32 plus fees

In a rare and unique live appearance Adam Hills MBE, Aussie-born stand-up, host of the award-winning Channel 4 series THE LAST LEG, disability champion and novelist, makes his Slapstick festival debut – sharing the comedy film titles he’d most want to have with him if he was ever marooned on a desert island.

Hills is famous for his quick, sharp, dry, wit, mastery of pranks and his love of many styles of comedy. So #IsItOk to predict this event will be memorably hilarious? ‘If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills you cannot have a pulse’. THE SCOTSMAN

Adam with be in conversation with comedian/author Robin Ince.

Adam Hills is also co-hosting the ‘Timeless Genius of Buster Keaton‘ event with Mike McCartney

The Alan Bleasdale G.B.H Revisited event, originally in this time slot,  has been postponed to find out more please register here to receive our newsletter

Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams

Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams

Sunday 18th February
14:30 Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Actor/impressionist Colin Elmer, who has played the unique and much beloved Kenneth Williams in many touring stage productions, including of Round The Horne, brings his one-man show to Bristol – telling the star’s story, using Williams’s own writings, anecdotes about him and re-enactments of routines and catch-phrases.

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Onscreen: Brazil with Terry Gilliam

Onscreen: Brazil

With Terry Gilliam

Sunday 18th February
Dir: Terry Gilliam 1985 USA 142mins Cert 15
12:00 Bristol Old Vic
£22.00/£18.00/£14.00

Slapstick dives into political dark comedy with a screening of Python Terry Gilliam’s uproarious , Orwell-influenced, satire of bureaucracy, technology, surveillance and more in the company of its Oscar-nominated and double BAFTA-winning director.

There’s a gag and sharp point to be found in almost every visionary frame as well as stellar performances by a cast which includes Jonathan Pryce, Robert de Niro, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond and Bob Hoskins. Introduced by Terry and followed by a short post-screening onstage chat with Q&A.

Event running Time 2hrs 42 mins

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Big Jim and The Figaro Club

Cast members Sylvester McCoy, David John and series producer Colin Rose

Big Jim and The Figaro Club PG

Hosted by Andrew Kelly

Sunday 18th February
9.30am Watershed
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

It has been called ‘the lost great sit-com’, ‘an unsung masterpiece’, ‘a delight’ and ‘ahead of its time’ but now you can enter the world of this lamentably short-lived Made In Bristol series – set in a 1950s seaside town where a building firm foreman Big Jim and his team are forever finding new and hilarious ways to avoid doing any work!

Cast member Sylvester McCoy and series producer and director Colin Rose share anecdotes and clips from the production, their memories of working with Bob Hoskins and Sir Tony Robinson, and explain why slapstick comedy played such an important role in every episode.

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Phantom of The Paradise

Phantom of The Paradise

Hosted by Harriet Taylor

Saturday 17th Feb
21:45 Lantern Hall, Bristol Beacon
Dir: Brian De Palma USA 1974 1hr 32m
£8.50 (£6.50/£5.00 concs)

Step into a world where music, mystery, and mayhem collide in “Phantom of Paradise,” a cinematic masterpiece that transcends time and genre.

A film that defies conventions and dances on the edge of fantasy and reality. It is the hauntingly beautiful tale of Swan, a music tycoon with a sinister agenda, and Winslow Leach, the disfigured composer seeking redemption.

With an amazing soundtrack and avant-garde visuals, this cult classic pushes boundaries and celebrates the magic of the unconventional. Introduced by Harriet Taylor , producer, writer and director of SWITCH.

This event is brought to you in partnership with SWITCH and Queer Vision Film Festival

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Sylvester McCoy: WHO’s Funny

Sylvester McCoy: WHO’s Funny

Saturday 17th Feb
19:45 Lantern Hall, Bristol Beacon
£16.00 (£12.00/£8.00 concs)

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Celebrating Sylvester McCoy, an actor probably best known now as the darkly clown-like 7th incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC TV series DOCTOR WHO, a role he has returned to several times, including in the reboot’s 2022 The Power of The Doctor episode.

He made his screen debut in 1965 playing silent characters in the cast of the Bristol-made VISION ON (which also kickstarted the careers of Aardman Animations founders Peter Lord and Dave Sproxton) and has been displaying his flair for physical/ visual comedy ever since, including in stage portrayals of Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.

Join Matthew Sweet as he quizzes Sylvester about his career, comedy heroes and favourite stage and screen memories ahead of the handing over of the Slapstick Legacy Medal – honouring performers who keep slapstick traditions alive.

Event running approx  time  100mins

Following this event there will be an exclusive autograph signing opportunity with Sylvester McCoy .

Photographs will be for sale. (Cash and Card will be accepted )

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Harry Hill’s The Last Caveman

Harry Hill’s The Last Caveman

With Harry Hill

Saturday 17th Feb
17:45 Lantern Hall, Bristol Beacon
£16.00 (£14.00/£8.00 concs)
Dir: Harry Hill UK 2023 52mins

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Step into the hilarious and heartwarming world of Harry Hill’s THE LAST CAVEMAN, a cinematic experience that will leave you smiling! It’s a lonely life being a caveman, especially if you believe you’re the last one on Earth. Bear fights, love, death and new life as the last caveman finds out that maybe he’s not as alone as he thought.

A chance to see The South West premiere of Harry’s latest innovative onscreen project as he showcases his unparalleled talent and unwavering passion for silent comedy. Introduced by Harry Hill + Q&A.

AGE ADVISORY 8+:
Suitable for audiences aged 8 and above, making it the perfect family-friendly outing

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Tim Vine: The Physical Years

Tim Vine: The Physical Years

Saturday 17th Feb
16:00 The Lantern at Bristol Beacon
£16.00 (£12.00/£8.00 concs)

Tim Vine shares video clips from his life and career where he falls over or does something physical in search of humour. As well as moments from Tim’s TV appearances this show includes previously unseen footage of Tim aged 18 being deliberately visual.

Come along and enjoy an avalanche of joyous nonsense in a physical vein.

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Adam Hills & Mike McCartney present: The Timeless Genius of Buster Keaton

Adam Hills & Mike McCartney present: The Timeless Genius of Buster Keaton

With Adam Hills & Mike McCartney

Join for a laugh-out-loud afternoon as The Last Leg’s Adam Hills teams up with The Scaffold’s Mike McCartney to hand pick their favourite Keaton short films.

Passionate Keaton admirer, comedian, presenter and disability rights campaigner Adam Hills joins Mike McCartney who will be reminiscing from his childhood and sharing stories of his own comedy mischief from his time in chart topping band The Scaffold. Both revealing why they so admire the great stone face performer.
A rare chance to celebrate this master of onscreen silent comedy, with live piano accompaniment from John Sweeney.

Event running approx  time  75mins

Tim Vine’s FEARMOTH

Tim Vine’s FEARMOTH

Saturday 17th Feb
11:30 The Lantern at Bristol Beacon
Dir: Tim Vine UK 2016 82 mins
£14.00 (£11.00/£8.00 concs)

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A giant moth begins to attack the small town of Hazelpocket and the manager of the local Lightbulb shop is blamed. It doesn’t help that he also has a fear of the dark (the manager, not the moth) and that his son has only one functioning eye. Adding an element of absurdity to Slapstick’s Comedy Horror strand, Tim introduces his latest passion project.

This is only the second public big screen showing of FEARMOTH. Written, directed and starring Tim Vine and supported by John Archer and Mona Al-Habib Nmeir. After the film Tim will be taking questions, many of which he won’t be able to answer.

 Event running approx  time  100mins

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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Hosted by Robin Ince

Saturday 17th Feb
09:45 Watershed Cinema 3
Dir: Charles Barton USA 1948 1hr 28m
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

A fun-for-all-the-family ‘relaxed screening’ of comedy horror masterpiece in which one of the USA’s most popular Slapstick comedy double acts takes delivery of new items for a horror museum only to find themselves besieged by dangers from Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and a werewolf.

Starring  comic legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello alongside some of the best known horror film actors including Lon Chaney Jnr, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price.

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Painfully Funny! When Stunts Go Wrong

Painfully Funny! When Stunts Go Wrong

With Christina Newland

Saturday 17th Feb
09:30 Watershed
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

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Whether it was Harold Lloyd accidentally blowing a few of his own fingers off, death by ostrich attack, or a chariot accident during Ben-Hur, the actors and stuntmen of early motion pictures had a lot to complain about when it came to ‘health and safety’ — or lack thereof.

Join Christina Newland, lead film critic at the i Newspaper and contributing editor at Empire, in an hour long story-telling session about the hijinx, dangers, and sometimes not-at-all death-defying adventures in the early days of silent comedy and beyond.

If you’ve ever wondered about the old ‘I must have killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille’ joke in Blazing Saddles, this one’s for you. Age Advisory 15+

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Silent Comedy Gala

Silent Comedy Gala PG

Hosted by Hugh Bonneville

Friday 16th Feb.
19:30 Beacon Hall Bristol Beacon

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DOWNTON ABBEY, THE GOLD and PADDINGTON films star Hugh Bonneville introduces a triple bill of laugh-out-loud silent comedy classics, back in the auditorium where Slapstick began and with each showing on a giant screen with live musical accompaniment.
Topping the film bill at the Slapstick’s 20th gala will be the double Oscar-nominated THE GOLD RUSH (1925), written and directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin as a lone Klondike prospector who discovers it is easier to find trouble than gold, and featuring a real bear and dancing bread rolls.

Joining it in the line-up will be the 1922 short COPS which finds an impressively acrobatic Buster Keaton being chased by a city’s entire police force, and BIG BUSINESS (1929), starring Laurel & Hardy as hilariously incompetent Christmas tree salesmen.

Providing the live musical accompaniment for THE GOLD RUSH will be the 16-piece Bristol Ensemble, conducted by Günter A. Buchwald, with pianist John Sweeney accompanying COPS and Günter and Frank Bockius playing for BIG BUSINESS.

There will also be pre-interval entertainment from Cheryl Knight, giving excerpts from her Joyce Grenfell tribute show which proved such a hit at Slapstick 2023 and, in the foyer before curtain-up, the Bristol-based Shanghai Shuffle jazz band performing tunes from the silent film era.

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Live from New York – Buster Keaton: Camera Man

Live from New York – Buster Keaton: Camera Man 12A

With Dana Stevens & Andrew Kelly

Friday 16th Feb.
16:45 Watershed Cinema 3
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

This event will be live in the cinema but due to technical difficulties this event will no longer be streamed

Andrew Kelly hosts a live conversation direct from New York with Dana Stevens, author of the best-selling, rave reviewed, book Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema and the Invention of the Twentieth Century’ about the dazzling new insights it offers into Keaton’s life and work by viewing his story alongside what was happening at the same time in entertainment, journalism, law, technology, social change, attitudes to addiction and more.

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Leading Women: Kiki (1926)

Leading Women: Kiki (1926)

Hosted by Lucy Porter

Friday 16th Feb.
13:30 Watershed
Dir: Clarence Brown USA 1926  1hr 48m
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

Norma Talmadge is best-remembered for silent melodramas but she was a fine comedy actor, too, as proved by this Paris-set romcom. In it, she plays a street waif angling for a singing and dancing job in a theatre and for the heart of its handsome manager (Ronald Colman).

Her ruses involve sparky battles with his fiancée (Gertrude Astor), barricading herself into his bedroom and terrorising his valet (George K. Arthur). With an introduction from Lucy Porter and Daan van den Hurk accompanying on piano.

Lloyd Hamilton: The Comedians’ Comedian

Lloyd Hamilton: The Comedians’ Comedian 12A

With Graeme Garden

Friday 16th Feb.
11:40 Watershed
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

Charlie Chaplin once confessed Lloyd Hamilton was the comedy film actor he most envied; Charley Chase confessed to handling difficult scenes by asking himself “How would Lloyd have done it?”; according to Buster Keaton, Hamilton was “one of the funniest men in pictures.”

So why is someone so admired by his peers virtually forgotten now, and is this deserved? Find out from Graeme Garden and an array of clips. With live piano accompaniment from John Sweeney.

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Laurel & Hardy – Year One (1927)

Laurel & Hardy – Year One (1927)

With Robin Ince

Friday 16th Feb.
09:30 Watershed
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

Author/Comedian Robin Ince hosts Patrick Vasey, Andy Hollingsworth and Matt Holt, an enthusiastic panel of Stan & Ollie admirers, as they revel in the global effort which has gone into finding and restoring the films made by Stan and Ollie in 1927 – the first full year of a comedy partnership that would go on to enjoy enduring popularity.

This event will include screenings of DUCK SOUP (directed by Fred Guoil) and BATTLE OF THE CENTURY (Clyde Brookman/ Leo McCarey) with live piano accompaniment by Daan van den Hurk.

Approx event running time 90mins

*Marcus Brigstocke who was originally billed on the discussion panel is now unable to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

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The Thinking Woman’s Guide to The Goodies

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to The Goodies

With Samira Ahmed and Graeme Garden

Thursday 15th Feb.
20:30 Lantern Hall at Bristol Beacon
£16.00 (£12.00/£8.00 concs)

Broadcaster Samira Ahmed quizzes Graeme Garden on whether it is time to re-appraise the hit 1970s/80s TV series The Goodies – co-created and performed by Graeme with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie.

Back then, the series was often seen as ‘kids stuff’. But with the help of hand-picked extracts, Samira Ahmed argues that the series has been overlooked as a catalyst for social change – making ground-breaking challenges to prevailing attitudes of the time by defying gender stereotypes and boldly addressing still topical issues, including censorship, apartheid and more..

Approx event running time 90mins

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Laurel & Hardy: Last Dance of The Cuckoos

Laurel & Hardy: Last Dance of The Cuckoos

With Marcus Brigstocke, Andy Hollingworth & Matt Holt

Thursday 15th Feb.
£15.00 (£12.00/£8.00 concs)
18:00 Lantern Hall at Bristol Beacon
Dir: Matt Holt UK 2023 35 mins

Comedian, actor, broadcaster and writer Marcus Brigstocke introduces the South-West premiere of a truly charming film in which photographer Andy Hollingworth takes Stan Laurel’s touring hat from Stan’s birthplace in Cumbria to the County Cork harbour town which gave Laurel & Hardy such a joyous welcome in September 1953 both always recalled it as the greatest day of their lives. Plus a screening of their favourite Stan & Ollie short and all followed by an ‘in conversation’ with Andy and Matt the film’s director/ cinematographer.

Approx event running time 90mins

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Live from New York – Halloween in February Spooktacular

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With Ben Model and Steve Massa

Thursday 15th Feb.
16:00 Watershed
11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

Halloween is past, but Ben Model and Steve Massa bring it back with a live performance of three surreal and scary shorts.

First on the bill is A Fraternity Mixup (1926) where Alice Ardell and Gale Henry spend the night in a spooky girl’s school where they are visited by an escaped gorilla.

In Local Showers (1916) poor Musty Suffer has a toothache and gets an appointment with the dentist from hell (saying “dentist” is scary enough for most people).

Finally, The Haunted House (1921) sees Buster Keaton investigating the strange going-ons in the titular abode. This creepy trio is curated and hosted by Ben Model, accompanying live on piano, and Steve Massa.

Ben Model and Steve Massa have been entertaining silent comedy fans online since March 2020 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.

You can book tickets to watch the event at Bristol’s Watershed (see button below) or login to this website, using the form below, and watch a ‘live stream’.

Approx event running time 70mins

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Leading Women: Up In Mabel’s Room (1926)

Introduced by Lucy Porter

Leading Women: Up In Mabel’s Room (1926)

Thursday 15th Feb
13:45 Watershed
Dir: E. Mason Hopper USA 1926 76mins
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

Actor/comedian Lucy Porter introduces this silent romantic farce in which Marie Prevost meets, falls for and marries Harrison Ford (Hollywood’s first of that name) only to divorce him after she discovers he’s secretly bought some daring female underwear which she believes is for another woman. She is mistaken, of course, but is it too late to win him back? With Daan van den Hurk accompanying on piano.

Approx event running time 76mins

Keaton Speaks! 12A

Hosted by Polly Rose

Keaton Speaks! 12A

Thursday 15th Feb
11.30 Watershed
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

Silent comedy superstar Buster Keaton continued working long after sound was added to pictures. Here Keaton researcher Polly Rose focuses on three films exemplifying the best of Keaton’s speaking roles – two in acclaimed comedy shorts from the 1930s, the third as the lead in a British television drama from 1954.

The choices include GRAND SLAM OPERA (1936), featuring Buster’s dance homage to Fred Astaire, described by Film Daily on its release as “a laugh riot – easily the best comedy Keaton has ever delivered!”

Approx event running time 90mins

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What Happened to Jones (1926)

What Happened to Jones (1926)

Thursday 15th Feb
Cert 12A
09.30 Watershed
Dir: William A Seiter USA 1926 70mins
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

This delightful comedy showcases the unique comedy style of silent star Reginald Denny, known for his portrayals of the all-American man.

In this fine and funny farce, he plays a bridegroom-to-be who escapes a police raid on a poker game by seeking refuge in a Turkish baths. But it’s Ladies Night at the baths, compelling him to disguise himself as a woman.

With an introduction from broadcaster Chris Serle and a live piano accompaniment from Daan van den Hurk.
Approx event running time 75mins

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Alasdair Beckett-King’s, Even Stranger Films

Alasdair Beckett-King’s, Even Stranger Films

Wednesday 14th Feb.
21:30 Bristol Beacon: Lantern Hall
£12.50 (£9.00 concs)
Age Advisory 15+
Approx event running time 70mins

Prepare to be both hilariously entertained and spooked to your core with the return of Slapstick Festival’s  “Stranger Films” event, hosted once more by award-winning comedian/filmmaker and writer Alasdair Beckett-King.

He will be sharing a collection of spooky and strange silent comedy shorts from pioneering film  legends Thomas Edison, Georges Méliès and beyond.

Films which will challenge your perceptions of silent film. Trust us –  films  don’t come much stranger than these. 

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The Cat & The Canary (1927)

With Alasdair Beckett-King & Robin Ince

The Cat & The Canary (1927)

Silent Comedy Horror

Wednesday 14th Feb.
19:00 Bristol Beacon: Lantern Hall
£12.50 (£9.00 concs)
Dir: Paul Leni USA 1927 80mins

Kicking off Slapstick’s Comedy Horror strand, get ready for a spine-tingling night of laughter and suspense with the pioneering silent comedy-horror The Cat & The Canary (1927).

Surviving relatives gather at a creepy mansion for a will reading, but something sinister lurks in the shadows. Its seminal influence can be seen in the development of the horror genre, making it a significant and historically important work.

Hosting the evening are author/comedian Robin Ince and YouTuber/comedian Alasdair Beckett-King. Maestro Guenter A. Buchwald adds a haunting live piano and violin soundtrack.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this cinematic milestone!
Approx event running time 90mins

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