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Laughing Out Of Lockdown

Beginning on the 7th August, we’ll be kicking off a series of celebrity-led live online events to complement the archive events we’ve been releasing on YouTube over the last few months.

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Like so many organisations, Slapstick Festival has suffered a huge loss of income as a result of not being able to put on live events and fundraisers during the Covid19 pandemic.

So if you are in a position to offer Slapstick a donation, please

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For more info on the whole series of events – some of which are free to watch – use the button below.

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Join us for Laughter in Lockdown!

We invite YOU to join us for some much needed distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic and laugh in the face of adversity.


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From Thursday 9th April 2020 we’re aiming to bring laughter directly into your homes by releasing a filmed archive recording of one classic Slapstick event a week.

We’re really excited as this is the first time we’ve ever opened the doors to the magic of our recorded archive of silent, classic and visual comedy.

Our latest release is Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow (1920) which screened at our 2019 gala with Günter A. Buchwald accompanying on piano.

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More info on our Laughter in Lockdown programme, all of which you’ll be able to stream for free via YouTube, can be found using the button below.

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Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE 1940 – 2020

It is with deep deep sadness that my Slapstick colleagues and I have learned of the passing of Tim Brooke-Taylor from COVID -19 related illness last night.

Tim was first and foremost a dear friend, both personally and to the Bristol Slapstick Festival. Tim’s passion, enthusiasm, love for classic comedy and, in particular Buster Keaton, meant that Tim and Slapstick Festival was a perfect pairing, with Tim becoming a Patron for us in 2008. Each year Tim would tell us that Slapstick was his favourite festival and expressed regularly how much he looked forward it. 

As one-third of the legendary comedy team The Goodies and through his work on such shows as I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Do Not Adjust Your Set, At Last the 1948 Show and more, Tim’s contribution to the history of comedy is notable and significant.

Tim first appeared at Slaptick in 2007 with Graeme Garden and has been a special guest almost every year since – appearing in and hosting countless events over the years. He was with us again in Bristol in January 2020, taking part in no fewer than four events with his usual enthusiasm, passion, charm and energy to the delight of full house audiences. 

Everyone involved with Slapstick joins me in sending sincere and heartfelt sympathies to his wife Christine, his family and friends. 


Slapstick’s Big Comedy Bash will be back!

Given the present global situation, we are in the process of rescheduling our special fundraiser The Big Comedy Bash which was due to have happened at The Hexagon Reading on 29 April 2020.

We are discussing new dates with the same comedy stars who were booked to play the now-cancelled show, as well as some of the festival’s other celebrity fans, to present a rescheduled event towards the end of this year, hopefully in October and November.

We will announce the new date as soon as it is safe/possible. Watch this space for updates or keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Thanks for your understanding and continued support.


The music

Slapstick is always proud to present world-class live musical accompaniments for its silent comedy screenings, from solo piano improvisations to full orchestral scores and this year we have an exceptional line up of talent.

At our “Slapstick at the Cathedral” events led by Slapstick’s Musical Director, maestro Günter A. Buchwald we have the unstoppable four-piece ensemble The European Silent Screen Virtuosi (ESSV), in the form of Günter A. Buchwald (violin, piano), Frank Bockius (percussion) and Romano Todesco who return to provide accompaniment for the “Slapstick Divas”, the “Silent Comedy Gala” and “So This Is Paris” screenings during the festival. In addition we are delighted to welcome back pianist and composer Daan van den Hurk and our long-serving pianist John Sweeney as well as ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’s very own Colin Sell.

Volunteer with slapstick!


We’re always on the lookout for people who can help with the smooth running of the festival and with events we stage during the year.

No experience is needed and there are lots of diverse roles available, all of which provide valuable experience in the film, arts and events industries.

So if you or someone you know might be interested click the button below to drop Jacqui a line.

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