Fred Karno: The Legend Behind The Laughter
Date: Weds 15 Feb 2023
Time: 16:15 hrs
Without the wit, grit and creativity of Exeter-born Fred Karno, the Slapstick Festival itself might not exist.
Karno was the acrobat, gag deviser and impresario who recruited and trained many of the physical performers who gave Hollywood its slapstick comedy stars, such as Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Will Hay.
The festival is delighted, therefore, to host an illustrated conversation between Andrew Kelly (Bristol ideas) and David Crump – author of a definitive new biography of the man whose mantra “If in doubt, fall on your arse” influences so many of the entertainers Slapstick celebrates.
In partnership with Bristol Ideas.
RUNNING TIME APPROX 1 hrs 15 mins.