During the Spring and Summer of 2020 Slapstick responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by releasing two series of events on our YouTube channel.
For the first, Laughter In Lockdown, we dug deep into our archives to release classic shows from the previous decade, while for the second, Laughing Out Of Lockdown, we mixed up unique live-streamed events and more archive shows.
Many of the above are still on our YouTube channel.
Laughter After Lockdown
Revisit Our Lockdown series of events from Spring and Summer 2020
OK, so we know that lockdown hasn’t ended yet for everyone. However, when it came to thinking about our next tranche of online events, it felt important to acknowledge that things have changed for most people. Hence the new title of Laughing Out Of Lockdown which heralds our summer online LIVE programme.
Beginning on the 7th August, we’ll be kicking off a series of celebrity-led live online events to complement the archive events we’ve been releasing on YouTube over the last few months.
Events include Graeme Garden talking to broadcaster and author Dr Matthew Sweet about his significant role in the history of radio comedy (7th Aug) and Robin Ince talking to film critic and Chaplin biographer David Robinson about his life, career and fascination with ‘The Little Tramp’. Along with Lucy Porter hosting an online film quiz with the help of celebrity guests – including none other than Stephen Fry – we are sure there will be something for everyone in this new series.
We’ll also be releasing our previously unseen Little & Large event from 2019 in which the pair were reunited onstage for the first time in 25 years and discussed their legacy and comedy career.
In a change from the previous format, all of the live events will be ticketed and, whilst people can still access them for as little as £1, bookers will be encouraged to make a more sizeable donation to help keep the festival going.
In 2016 Slapstick Festival welcomed Sir Ken Dodd to Bristol where he became the fourth recipient of the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award.
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