Slapstick Home 2020

Stephen Merchant’s
Laurel & Hardy Classics

25 January 2020
Redgrave Theatre


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Upcoming Events

Slapstick Take Over 2020

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Seven unique comedy events in just one day at Bristol Old Vic and two cracking comedy outing at The Redgrave Theatre, what were we thinking!?

No time to ponder that, so jump in and join us for a riotous Slapstick Takeover that promises a large helping of classic comedy with a generous side order of nostalgia. And when we say ‘generous’, we mean: comedy mega stars Rob Brydon, Harry Hill and Stephen Merchant along with Barry Cryer, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Robin Ince. You’re welcome.


French & Saunders: Comedy Legends


For one night only, the Aardman Slapstick Awards present a unique opportunity to see comedy legends Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in conversation.

Celebrating 30 years since the launch of their award-winning TV Series French & Saunders (1987-2007) this is a rare chance to see the pair together on stage as they discuss their legendary careers with presenter, actor & comedian Mel Giedoryc.

Following this, they’ll be presented with the prestigious ‘Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award’; an accolade for their phenomenal achievement as multi-award-winning writer/performers who not only pioneered a new wave of comedy but influenced whole generations of artists that followed.

On hearing they had won the award Dawn joked:

“I just can’t believe we are receiving the Comedy Legend Award from Aardman and Slapstick Festival. Actually, wait a minute … on second thoughts I can, because it’s happening on 22nd June and I’ve already bought a lovely new top s’pecially …”

As well as promising exclusive onscreen extracts of their work, this standout comedy award event will feature more than its fair share of surprises, including messages and special guests.

STOP PRESS: Tickets for this event have now sold out.

The Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders takes place on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 7:30 at Colston Hall.


Slapstick Legacy Medal

Legacy

Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past

The “Legacy Award” is for performers who have created work in the wake and in the spirit of the late great silent comics including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy.

The Legacy Medal is a very special award bestowed upon artists who continue to work to keep the spirit of slapstick alive.


2016:  Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith & David Kerr


In recognition of keeping the format alive.

Cited works include: Inside No. 9

2015:  Matt Lucas


For outstanding dedication to visual comedy.

Cited works include: Little Britain, Shooting Stars, Pompidou


Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award

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The Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award celebrates the lifetime achievements of contemporary comedians who have contributed significantly to the world of comedy.

2017   French & Saunders


For one night only, the Aardman Slapstick Awards presented a unique opportunity to see comedy legends Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in conversation.

Celebrating 30 years since the launch of their award-winning TV Series French & Saunders (1987-2007) this was a rare chance to see the pair together on stage as they discuss their legendary careers with presenter, actor & comedian Mel Giedoryc.

Following this, they were presented with the prestigious Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award; an accolade for their phenomenal achievement as multi-award-winning writer/performers who not only pioneered a new wave of comedy but influenced whole generations of artists that followed.

On hearing they had won the award Dawn joked:

“I just can’t believe we are receiving the Comedy Legend Award from Aardman and Slapstick Festival. Actually, wait a minute … on second thoughts I can, because it’s happening on 22nd June and I’ve already bought a lovely new top s’pecially …”

As well as exclusive onscreen extracts of their work, this standout comedy award event featured more than its fair share of surprises, including messages and special guests.

The Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders took place on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 7:30 at a sold out Colston Hall.

2016 Sir Ken Dodd OBE


Slapstick and Aardman Animations were honoured to present the “Comedy Legend Award” to Sir 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


On March 20th 2015 the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend award was presented to the great Barry Cryer OBE. 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 Everage, 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.

2013  June Whitfield CBE


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.


Visual Comedy Award

The original award was created by Slapstick Festival and Aardman Animations in 2007. The “Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award”, has been developed to champion and recognise the greatest visual comedians of our time. Celebrating their outstanding work and significant contribution to the world of visual comedy, it has become an annual feature of the festival, giving new and existing audiences the opportunity to learn about, be inspired by, and celebrate the best in the business. The inaugural award was presented to the great Eric Sykes CBE. This first Visual Comedy Award set the standard for those that followed, and each year the recipients have been inspiring!

2016: Michael Crawford


For “outstanding contribution” to visual comedy.

Cited works include: Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

2015:  Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer


For “outstanding contribution” to visual comedy.

Cited works include: Reeves & Mortimer and Shooting Stars

2012:  Pierre Etaix


For “excellence” in the field of Visual Comedy

Cited work includes Rupture (1961), and Heureux Anniversaire (1962)

2011:  The Goodies


For “outstanding contribution” to the field of visual comedy

Cited work includes The Goodies (1970-1981)

2010: Michael Palin CBE


For “outstanding contribution” to the field of visual comedy

Cited work included A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Fish Slapping Dance (1971)

2009:  Eric Sykes


For “Excellence” in the field of visual comedy

Cited work included The Plank (1967), and Mr H is Late (1988)


Slapstick Festival Home

Upcoming Events

Bristol’s Slapstick Festival bring their celebrated annual Silent Comedy Gala to Bath with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's comedy masterpiece The Gold Rush (1925).

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Experience the magic of Charlie Chaplin’s comic masterpiece, The Gold Rush (1925), on the big screen with an orchestral performance of Chaplin’s score played live! Hosted by silent comedy admirer, actor, director and writer Simon Callow.*
Accompanied by The Bristol Ensemble and conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald, the evening will also feature two classic short film’s, Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917) and a comedy from ‘the great stone face’ Buster Keaton, The Goat (1922).
*Work commitments allowing. In the unlikely event that Simon is unable to attend we will offer a suitable replacement. Previous gala hosts have included Rory Bremner, Victoria Wood and Marcus Brigstocke.


Neil Innes RIP

On 30th December 2019, we learnt the sad news that Neil Innes, long-time friend and supporter of the festival, had sadly passed away. Festival Director Chris Daniels made the following statement about Neil:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Neil’s sudden passing. Neil was more than just a patron and a regular guest at Slapstick Festival, he was a real friend to us. His satirical genius through his songwriting, his eloquent lyrics and wonderful, intelligent observations engaged everyone who met or worked with him. You couldn’t wish for a more generous, good-hearted and warm natured human being.We will sorely miss his presence as one of the great satirical musicians of our time.

“Our hearts go out to Neil’s family.” – Chris Daniels


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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UPCOMING EVENT

Rory Bremner: A Life In Satire
St Georges Bristol

Thursday 17 October – 8.30pm £20

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Rory Bremner has been poking fun at the political establishment for more than 30 years and today, with Trump, Boris and Brexit, we need him more than ever!

But what about the man behind the impressions? Matthew Sweet (Night Waves, Front Row) invites us to peer behind the mask as he engages Britain’s indisputable master of satire and impersonation in conversation, discussing his fascinating career live on stage.

This is a pre-launch event for the 16th edition of Bristol’s Slapstick Festival in partnership with Festival of Ideas.


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