Developed as a new strand to the Slapstick Aardman Award, the “Comedy Legend Award” celebrates the life and comic achievements of the comedians alive today that have contributed significantly to the world of comedy.

2016  Ken Dodd OBE

Slapstick and Aardman were honoured to give the “Comedy Legend Award” to Ken Dodd. A fantastic night was had by all as Ken regaled the audience with his tales of his incredible, and very funny, career.

2015  Barry Cryer OBE

The 2015 Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend award was presented to the great Barry Cryer OBE on March 20th 2015! In conversation with Graeme Garden, Barry reminisced
over some of his many achievements, giving audiences a wonderful and hilarious insight into one of the UK’s great comedic talents!

Barry is a great supporter of Slapstick Festival, so it was a honour for the team to be able to recognise his contribution to comedy!

2014  Barry Humphries CBE

In 2014 the “Comedy Legend Award” was presented to Australian legendary performer Barry Humphries CBE. Internationally famed for creating the character Dame Edna Everege, Barry in conversation with Marcus Brigstocke, looked back at the origins of Dame Edna, Les Patterson and other characters of his creation, offering a unique insight into the career of the world’s favourite performer and his Melbourne house wife alter ego. Cited work included The Dame Edna Experience, The Barry Humphries Show, Chickens (2013) and early film work. For more details, click  here.

2013  June Whitfield CBE

Cited works include Absolutely Fabulous, Hancock’s Half Hour and the Carry On films.

The inaugural recipient of the award was June Whitfield CBE at Slapstick 2013 and during a presentation at Bristol Old Vic June looked back over her career spanning more than six decades. Cited works include Absolutely Fabulous, Hancock’s Half Hour and the Carry On films.