Silent Comedy Gala

It’s back! Our annual Silent Comedy Gala  – a unique celebration of the best on-screen, classic silent comedy, accompanied by live music with guest appearances by legends of British comedy returns for the thirteenth edition!

Once again , national comedy treasures of today will be coming together to pay tribute to the legendary comedians of yesteryear.

We’ll be showing Harold Lloyd’s 1925 classic, The Freshman, which will be accompanied by  Carl Davis’s much lauded 2013 re-score, played by the 25-piece Bristol Ensemble who’ll be conducted by our musical director Guenter A Buchwald.

Make sure you don’t miss out!


Gala Host - Rory Bremner

The host for this year’s Gala Show is the incomparable impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner.

Michael Crawford Visual Comedy Legend Award Winner 2017

Michael Crawford had the audiences rolling in the aisles with his hilarious stories of his career and those that influenced him. As he received his award, to a standing ovation, it was clear to see what a well-deserved winner of this years Aardman / Slapstick Visual Comedy legend award he is.

For a selection of photos taken during the show visit this page on our website.

Silent Comedy Gala

20th January 2017

19:30 Colston Hall, Bristol

It’s back! Our annual Silent Comedy Gala returns for a lucky thirteenth addition – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy. As usual, the national comedy treasures of our own time come together to pay tribute to the legendary comedians of the past.

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Slap Up Feast of Fun!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to Feast of Fun last night!

From political jokes and Kermit the frog to bin banging and wonderful sing songs, last night was truly one we’ll never forget.

A special shout out to some generous people, Boston Tea Party Cafés & Heart FM and to, of course, our wonderful guests too; John Cleese, Tim Vine, Barry Cryer, Ronnie Golden, Rory Bremner & Neil Innes!

pippa evans in bristol for slapstick festival

Stand Out Stand Up 2016

What an amazing night! Thank you to all who came and showed your support for Slapstick Festival. It made Stand Out Stand Up a packed house full of great comedians and plenty of laughs. Jason Manford, Jack Dee, Richard Herring and Susan Calman were on top form as per usual and it was fantastic to have a bit of music from Tony Hawks and Pippa Evans as both blended witty jokes and tuneful notes with their unique brands of musical comedy.

If you couldn’t make it don’t worry! You’ve got plenty of opportunities to be part of the slapstick magic. Take a look at our events!

jason manford and richard herring wearing slapstick tshirts



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R.I.P The Amazing Pierre Etaix

Winner of the 2012 Aardman and Slapstick Visual Comedy Award for excellence in that field. Slapstick has fond memories of Pierre and his brilliant work as clown , comedian and film maker. He will be greatly missed.