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!

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.

Big Comedy Bash 23rd September 2021

Big Comedy Bash 23rd September 2021


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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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.


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.

Watch the Event

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


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!