SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL PRESENTS

NAKED GUN MARATHON


Cube Microplex, Bristol
Sunday, 18 Nov (various times)

2pm The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!(1988)
5pm The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
8pm Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) (includes discussion)

All three classic comedies in one day

“It’s the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day.”

Ahead of Bristol’s Slapstick Festival (16th Jan- 10th Feb 2019) come and join us as we celebrate the onscreen slapstick genius of Leslie Nielsen in a day of Naked celebration!

As part of the BFI Comedy Genius Season and to celebrate 30 years since the first Naked Gun Movie was released Slapstick Festival will be showing all 3 films in one day.

This Naked Gun Marathon will be hosted by stand up comedian, celebrity mastermind winner and Neilson super-fan Lloyd Langford and will culminate in a final pre-screening discussion with Robert Ross, comedy historian, looking at the career of Leslie Nielsen and the writing/directing team of Jim Abrahams , Jerry Zucker and David Zucker.

Comedy Genius is a celebration of comedy on screen, led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery.

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Slapstick Festival’sSilent Comedy Galafeaturing


Chaplin’s classic film
Modern Times (1936)
with live orchestra

Hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Bristol Hippodrome, Sunday 10 February 2019, 7.30pm
tickets from £21.50-£46.50 plus booking fees

*VIP packages available

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Step inside the iconic Bristol Hippodrome for a mesmerising evening of live music to film in an event showcasing your all-time favourite comedy stars. This spectacular classic silent comedy gala is perfect for film and comedy fans of all ages.

Your host for the evening is comedian, actor and satirist Marcus Brigstocke. Highlights from the evening include a complete screening of Charlie Chaplin’s outstanding comedy masterpiece Modern Times (1936) on a vast HD screen while Chaplin’s own acclaimed score is performed live by a 40-piece orchestra: Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

In addition short comedies from Laurel & Hardy and Buster Keaton all with live musical accompaniment and additional entertainment from the brilliant comedian magician John Archer and live pre-show entertainment in the foyer from Circomedia makes this a truly thrill-packed evening not to be missed.

Book early to avoid disappointment and get the best view in the house!

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“A Bristol Institution”
Bristol Post

Please note: All films classifications all ages welcome
(over 6 advised)  U

*VIP Ultimate Gala Experience Package
£91.50 plus booking fees

Package includes:

  • Premium ticket (best in the house)
  • Exclusive access to VIP after show drinks party
  • Complimentary after show drink
  • Exclusive bespoke designed gift
  • Autographed special edition event poster
  • Souvenir Silent Comedy Gala event laminate and lanyard

Slapstick 2018


Slapstick 2018 has now come to an end and was a truly joyous occasion.

A big thank you to everyone who came along to join in with the laughter – we hope you had as much fun as we did.

With twenty-five events over four days and in five venues across Bristol, it was our boldest festival yet and we’re humbled that the people of Bristol embraced every event so enthusiastically.

The reviews are in!


We’d like to tell you how incredible the festival was but we’d blush with the embarrassment of self-promotion. Having said that, here are some of the most commonly used words to describe the festival by the 8000+ attendees, some of whom came to every event: “unique“, “brilliant“, “inspiring“, “friendly“, “accessible” and “fun“.

We’ve also had two great online reviews so far – one from Pam Hutchinson of Silent London and one from Paul Joyce, who said of the gala…

“Waves of laughter flowed around the Hall, genuine belly laughs, all feeding each other as recognition of the ridiculous, the daft and the jaw-dropping was shared by the warmest audience you’ll find in all the kingdom.”

Slapstick 2019 - A Date For Your Diary


If you’re already suffering the post-Slapstick blues fear not as our silent comedy gala will return, not at our regular venue at Colston Hall (as it’s closing for two years for refurbishment) but at Bristol Hippodrome on Sunday 10th February 2019.

Tickets will be on sale in June* 2018.

*Previously thought to be April

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RT @silentlondon: Two reviews of important books about silent comediennes, ahead of several chances to see them in action #silentfilm #slap…
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- 5 days ago

We're loving this piece by @DerekMalcolm123 about the day he met Laurel and Hardy - "Just meeting them was one of t… https://t.co/taOMnuXKRq
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Thanks @bristol247 for this article about the #NakedGun news we dropped earlier today! https://t.co/8qEqv0iiWd https://t.co/chhbDwseM7
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