Hosted by Chris Addison, and showcasing Buster Keaton’s comic masterpiece


Colston Hall, Friday, 23rd January 2015 7.30pm - £25-£10 (including booking fees)



by Chris Addison, and showcasing Buster Keaton’s comic masterpiece SEVEN CHANCES (1925)

Colston Hall

23rd January 2015 7.30pm

£25-£10 (including booking fees)


Slapstick Festival’s annual laugh out loud, must attend, sell out, Silent Comedy Gala returns! Hosted by stand-up comedian, writer, director and actor Chris Addison, and featuring Buster Keaton’s break-through film: SEVEN CHANCES (1925) headlining a host of activities, including big screen showings of Charlie Chaplin’s satirical masterpiece THE IMMIGRANT (1917), and a classic tit-for-tat caper BIG BUSINESS (1929) starring Laurel & Hardy accompanied by “Rock God”Rick Wakeman!

A sensational hit with audiences at the time SEVEN CHANCES is still cited in the ‘must see’list! Buster, discovering he stands to inherit his grandfather’s fortune providing he 7pm today, ventures out to find a bride with all his trademark sight gags, and one of cinemas most memorable sequences; where the ever-daring Buster attempts to dodge an avalanche of rocks AND a mob of would be brides!

Accompanied by live music from The European Silent Screen Virtuosi and the Bristol Ensemble who will be performing the world premiere of Günter A. Buchwald’s specially
commissioned film score for SEVEN CHANCES, and more!

The Slapstick 2015 gala promises to be a night to remember!

More Slapstick events announced soon!

Slapstick @ Bristol Old Vic 2015
24-25 January

Slapstick Festival is excited to be partnering with Bristol Old Vic staging eight unique comedy events at this prestigious venue. From classic silent comedy screenings to celebrating comedy double acts with our extensive Seeing Double programme, this is a rare chance to see comedy legends such as Victoria Wood, Vic & Bob and Griff Rhys Jones live onstage in a dynamic programme with something for everyone.

Victoria Wood celebrates Gloria Swanson
SAT 24 JAN 1400hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

We are delighted to be screening a double bill of Gloria Swanson comedies. Teddy at the Throttle (1917) spoofs the popular silent comedy tradition of seeing damsels in distress tied to train tracks. Stage Struck (1925) is a spectacle of slapstick comedy, but also displays Swanson’s superb comedic talent and her impeccable comic timing. Swanson plays a bedraggled small town waitress, who is in love with a goofy fry-cook. With a mind to impressing him, she sets out to become a real actress! This ingenious spoof of her own image sets the film apart as one of Swanson’s finest performances.
Introduced by writer, director and comedian Victoria Wood.
Featuring live musical accompaniment from The European Silent Screen Virtuosi. BOOK NOW!!


Mel Smith & Griff Rhys Jones With Griff Rhys Jones
SAT 24 JAN 1700hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

Slapstick Festival is delighted to welcome Griff Rhys Jones, who will be joining our tribute to Britain’s finest onscreen comedy teams. Griff will be celebrating his onscreen relationship with his long-standing comedy partner, the inimitable Mel Smith. The tribute will be illustrated with a selection of clips featuring some of their best onscreen work and we’ve been promised a complete screening of their, as yet unseen and un-broadcast, sitcom pilot: ‘Three Flights Up’. This truly is a unique event, celebrating an exceptional comedy team. BOOK NOW!!


Laurel & Hardy’s Silent Goodies | SAT 24 JAN 1930hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

For one night only, the Bristol Old Vic will play host to Britain’s finest comedy trio, or as they’re more commonly known: ‘THE GOODIES’. The legendary gang will reunite for an evening of celebration, in honour of the greatest comedy double act of all time –bar none - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Tim, Bill and Graeme will be introducing three of Stan & Ollie’s finest silent comedy shorts; ‘LIBERTY’ (1929), ‘YOU’RE DARN TOOTIN (1928)’and ‘DOUBLE WHOOPEE (1929)’. Three films considered to be amongst their finest early onscreen work.

The boys will each screen their favourite personal moment from the time-honoured duo, before introducing their short.

With live musical accompaniment from the wonderful BRISTOL ENSEMBLE and the EUROPEAN SILENT SCREEN VIRTUOSI, along with specially commissioned scores conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald, it will be a night of laughter to remember! BOOK NOW!!

Stanshall Onscreen Featuring SIR HENRY AT RAWLINSON END (1980) USA
With Neil Innes and Denise Coffey

SAT 24 JAN 2200hrs Bristol Old Vic £10

A rare chance to see this film classic on the big screen with a live audience. Described by Time Out magazine as the “missing link between Monty Python and Withnail & I,”Sir Henry has become a huge cult classic with a passionate following. Introduced by actress /director Denise Coffey (“Mrs E”). Plus on opportunity to see the first onscreen film of Viv Stanshall’s invisible ‘strip tease’act and other sequences in an experiment silent pre -Bonzo film shot by Neil Innes. Introduced by Neil Innes. BOOK NOW!!

Bring Me Sunshine! The Unfettered Genius of Morecambe & Wise
SUN 25 JAN 1215hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

National comedy treasure, Barry Cryer OBE discusses his relationship with the legendary comic duo Morecambe and Wise. As a friend, peer and sometime writer of the show Barry is uniquely placed to share his memories and stories of this much loved comedy team. Illustrated with classic clips and hosted by Radio 3’s Matthew Sweet. BOOK NOW!!

Top Comedy Moments with Special Surprise Guest
SUN 25 JAN 1430hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

This annual sell-out event features a mix of chat, memories and hilarious favourite clips from a special guest - to be announced! - as they select their top on-screen moments. Previous guests have included Harry Hill and Marcus Brigstocke. Book early to avoid disappointment. BOOK NOW!!


Vic & Bob: The Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award
SUN 25 JAN 1700hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are the well-deserved recipients of this prestigious award for 2015. Their innovative and seminal work from Vic Reeves’Big Night Out and Shooting Stars to more recent work House of Fools, has placed them as the undisputed champions of visual comedy over the past two decades. Their unique brand of alternative visual comedy employs surrealism, bizarre tangents, hilarious silliness and slapstick asides. Sure to be a roller-coaster event with clips and chat plus the onstage presentation of the Aardman Slapstick Award for “outstanding contribution to visual comedy.” BOOK NOW!!

Ginger Geezer: Celebrating the Life and Art of Vivian Stanshall
SUN 25 JAN 2000hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

A remarkable comic tour de force of Stanshall-created genius featuring Mike Livesley’s rave-reviewed adaptation of Viv’s cult 1978 LP‘Sir Henry at Rawlinson End’accompanied by the six piece Stanshallian orchestra “Brainwashing House.” Followed by live music from Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Mike Livesley and host of special guest performers (to be announced). This promises to be a fitting tribute, twenty years on, proving that Viv lives on through his extraordinary work. BOOK NOW!!

Barry Cryer: Comedy Legend FRI 20 MARCH 1930hrs Bristol Old Vic £15

Barry Cryer is an undisputed National Treasure with a comedy writing and performing career that stretches back more than five decades. Barry Cryer is the third recipient of the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award. This event will be a chance to hear Barry's stories, with clips and special guests, as his I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue sparring partner, Graeme Garden, quizzes Barry about his work with such stellar comedy names as Tommy Cooper, Dave Allen, Ronnie Barker, Billy Connolly, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Frankie Howerd, Morecambe & Wise and Kenny Everett. Sure to be a very special night!

Booking info coming soon