Slapstick January 2017

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Fri 20 Jan 2017

slapstick 2017 comedy gala

Silent Comedy Gala

Our annual comedy celebration returns for a lucky thirteenth edition. The host for this year’s Gala Show is the incomparable impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner. Read more.



In the meantime to whet your appetite. Take a look at what went on this year at Slapstick 2016…


“The audience Q&A was a great finish to the event. Questions ranged from the fascinating ‘how do you animate water?’ (fibre optic cables or wire wrapped in cling film, since you ask) via the fate of a farm cat that appeared briefly in one scene (the questioner seemed genuinely concerned) to kids asking how they could get into animation.”
Shaun the Sheep Event – Bristol 24/7

‘Stephen Merchant is a great comedy writer and a naturally funny man. And this extremely enjoyable hour and a half in his company this evening helped to explain why.’ – Bristol Post

‘Bristol is a city of laughter and we need as many laughs as we can get.’  – Ken Dodd, ITV News

‘Darkly funny, wonderfully silly and historically fascinating, Chicago is a hot, naughty, raunchy and unique watch. What a great and rare addition to the always brilliant Slapstick Festival.’
Chicago – Bristol 24/7



Wed 20 Jan 2016

Rediscovered and Restored

Rediscovered and Restored

8:30pm | Tickets: £6.50/£9.00
Witness the talents of one of Europe’s finest silent film champions Serge Bromberg as he presents his latest collection of newly discovered and restored silent comedy shorts to open Slapstick Festival. Read More.

Thur 21 Jan 2016

Bed and Sofa

Slapstick International: Bed and Sofa (1927)

11:00am | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
Originally billed as a satire and comedy, this film was controversial at the time of its release in the Soviet Union, due to its focus on human relationships and disregard of state and party. Read More.

Silent Comedy Western

Silent Comedy Westerns

2:00pm | Tickets: £5.50/£7.00
Oscar winning director and film historian Kevin Brownlow shares some of his favourite and lesser known Western comedy shorts. Read More.


Jollywood! The Golden Age of Mancunian films

4:00pm | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
A whistle-stop charabang ride through the almost mythical world of Mancunian Film studio known affectionately as ‘Jollywood’. Read More.

Cary Grant The Awful Truth

SOLD OUT Cary Grant: The Awful Truth (1937) SOLD OUT

5:50pm | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
Bristol’s legendary Cary Grant teams with screwball comedy’s most underrated actress, Irene Dunne, in the film that broke him as a romantic lead. Read More.

Still from Hollywood film Chicago

SPECIAL EVENT: Chicago (1927)

8:00pm | Tickets: £7.50/£10.50
Starring Phyllis Haver in an understated comic appearance, this is the original version of the subsequent global musical and Hollywood film Chicago. Based on a true crime story- a wild jazz-loving boozy wife Roxie Hart kills her boyfriend in cold blood after he leaves her. Read More.

Fri 22 Jan 2016

Laura La Plante in Home James

Home James (1928)

09:30am | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
A chance to see this rare silent comedy from Kevin’s own collection. With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney. Read More.

Mack Sennett

Mack Sennett: King Of Comedy

11:30am | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
With live accompaniment By John Sweeney on Piano, David Robinson celebrates the mastermind of early Slapstick comedy, the actor and producer, Mack Sennett. Read More.

Anita Loos

Anita Loos: Hollywood Pioneer

1:30pm | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
Lucy Porter talks about the fascinating life of Anita Loos – one of early Hollywood’s most talented and prolific screenwriters. Her friends and collaborators included DW Griffith, the Talmadge sisters, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Read More.

Wild and Woolly

Wild and Woolly (1917)

3:30pm | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
Starring the King of Hollywood, Douglas Fairbanks, Wild and Woolly is one of the best action packed comedy Westerns of the silent era. Introduced by Lobster Film’s co-founder Serge Bromberg and accompanied live on piano by John Sweeney. Read More.

Charlie Chaplin in the Kid

Chaplin’s the Kid: Inside Story

5:40pm | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
Chaplin authority David Robinson offers fresh insights on Chaplin’s THE KID. Read More.

Slapstick Silent Film Festival Comedy Gala 2016 - Charlie Chaplin The Kid

Slapstick’s Silent Comedy Gala 2016

7.30pm | Tickets: £10.00 / £20.00 / £25.00
Slapstick Festival’s annual celebration of silent comedy returns to Colston Hall for a 12th year, beginning with a special triple bill. Read More

Sat 23 Jan 2016

At Last the 1948 Show Revisited

At Last the 1948 Show Revisited!

9:15am | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
“At Last the 1948 Show” triggered a revolution that was destined to change the face of TV comedy forever. Bursting onto the nation’s small screens in an explosion of unrelated and often surreal sketches, its main perpetrators were Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Aimi MacDonald. Read More.

The Banana Splits

Bill Oddie’s Saturday Banana

11:15am | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
Bill Oddie introduces highlights and extracts from popular Slapstick children’s television programmes from the 1960s and early 70s. Bill hosted the popular children’s TV programme Saturday Banana in the late seventies whilst being one third of comedy legend trio The Goodies. Read More.

Shaun the Sheep

It’s Shaun the Sheep! With The Writers/Directors in Conversation With Marcus Brigstocke

12.30pm| Tickets: £5.00/£7.50/£10.00
Marcus Brigstocke hosts this special event with Shaun the Sheep writers/directors Richard Starzak and Mark Burton. With film extracts and audience Q&A. Read More.

Time Vine on Stage

Tim Vine: Why I Love Sgt Bilko

2.40pm | Tickets: £5.00/£7.50/£10.00
Award winning punster and stand up comedian Tim Vine shares his admiration and passion for Phil Silvers. Read More.

The Goodies

Marcus Meets the Goodies

5pm | Tickets:£6.00/£12.00/£15.00
Satirist and comedian Marcus Brigstocke (God Collar, The Brig Society) meets the UK’s finest comedy trio reunited at Slapstick Festival for a rare public screening of their western comedy classic ‘Bun Fight at the OK Tea Rooms’. Read More.

UPDATE: Sad news from Graeme Garden, due to illness he won’t be now joining us for this event. Full details about this – and the event itself – can be found on this link, alongside more about the show itself.

Buster Keaton

Passionate About Buster

8pm | Tickets: £7.00/£15.00/£19.50
As mutual admirers of the great ‘stone-face’, Ian Lavender and Robin Ince will delight the audience with their unique humour and warmth as they tell us how they’ve been inspired by Keaton’s stunt work and comedy.

UPDATE: Robin Ince has unfortunately had to leave the festival early due to a family illness, so he won’t now be co-hosting this event. His shoes will instead be nobly filled by our very own festival director, Chris Daniels, who’ll be making his first full appearance on stage at a Slapstick! 

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Sun 24 Jan 2016

Laurel and Hardy in Way Out West Colour

Laurel & Hardy: Way Out West (1937) UPDATE! See below!

09:15am | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00

Due to unforeseen circumstances relating to rights clearances, please note that we are now unable to screen Way out West. Instead, we are delighted to present a couple of rib-tickling Stan & Ollie shorts hand picked and introduced by Laurel and Hardy admirer Goodie Bill Oddie. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused and hope you enjoy the event and festival. See the link below for more details.

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Double Deckers Back in the Day

Here Come The Double Deckers!

11:15am | Tickets: £6.00/£8.00
‘Come on board’ for the ride of your life and meet members of the original cast of The Double Deckers. Read More.

Ben Turpin

Ian Lavender: Why I Love Ben Turpin

12:40pm | Tickets: £5.00/£7.50/£12.00
Ben Turpin is one of our finest and most neglected on-screen performers. With his trademark crossed eyes and thick moustache he made scores of classic slapstick films. Read More.

Harold Lloyd sitting on steps with dog

Hooray for Harold Lloyd, Barry Cryer and Friends!

2.30pm | Tickets: £6.00/£12.00/£15.00
Join us for a classic double bill of Lloyd’s finest onscreen comedy hosted by ‘king of the one liners’ and national treasure Barry Cryer. Read More.




Stephen Merchant

SOLD OUT Stephen Merchant’s Top Comedy Moments SOLD OUT

5:15pm | Tickets: £7.00/£15.00/£19.50
We are delighted to welcome Bristol-born Stephen Merchant to the Slapstick Festival as he chooses his top visual comedy clips. Read More.

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden

Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden: Past Masters

8pm | Tickets: £6.00/£12.00/£15.00
Live music and classic comedy from this exceptional pair as they close the weekend Slapstick Celebrations. Read More.


Mon 25 Jan 2016

Ken Dodd

SOLD OUT Ken Dodd OBE: Comedy Legend SOLD OUT

7.30pm | Tickets: £8.00/£16.00/£22.00
We are absolutely tickled pink to be giving the fourth annual ‘Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award’ to none other than comedy icon and national treasure, Ken Dodd. Read More.