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.

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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.

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2016:  Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith & David Kerr


In recognition of keeping the format alive.

Cited works include: Inside No. 9

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2015:  Matt Lucas


For outstanding dedication to visual comedy.

Cited works include: Little Britain, Shooting Stars, Pompidou

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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2016: Michael Crawford


For “outstanding contribution” to visual comedy.

Cited works include: Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

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2015:  Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer


For “outstanding contribution” to visual comedy.

Cited works include: Reeves & Mortimer and Shooting Stars

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2012:  Pierre Etaix


For “excellence” in the field of Visual Comedy

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

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2011:  The Goodies


For “outstanding contribution” to the field of visual comedy

Cited work includes The Goodies (1970-1981)

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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)

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2009:  Eric Sykes


For “Excellence” in the field of visual comedy

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

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Slapstick Festival Home

Slapstick Festival presents
The Big Comedy Bash


4 June 2018 , 7.30pm

The Hexagon, Reading

Tickets £26 including all booking fees 

We are delighted to be hosting this unique line-up of top comedy performers and sparkly new talent ‘for one night only’  to raise funds the next edition of Slapstick Festival.  Join us in Reading for the comedy event of a life-time in as artists from the world of comedy come together to help raise funds for a cause close to their hearts’.

So who’s on? Germany’s ambassador of comedy Henning Wehn leads this unique array of performers for an evening of unforgettable comedy and music. Britain’s Got Talent sensation, comedian and impressionist Jess Robinson will be performing along with Buzzcocks team captain and legendary stand up and poet Phill Jupitus.  NHS Doctor and comedian Dr Phil Hammond makes an appearance too and with actor, comedian and TV Presenter Griff Rhys Jones on hosting duties this promises to be a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, too good to miss.

Book early to avoid disappointment and come and join us for a extraordinary night of comedy.

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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.

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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.”

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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 April 2018.

Chris 

Director Of Slapstick 

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