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 2019


The 15th edition of Slapstick Festival to Bristol has now finished. This year the festival featured both a standalone gala day in February and the main festival in January.

Not only did this year’s festival feature a record 34 events in total, but it was also notable for our busiest single day ever when we had over 2500 people attend two shows at Bristol Hippodrome! These included our Silent Comedy Gala which showcased a 40 piece orchestra and a rare screening of Chaplin’s masterpiece MODERN TIMES,as well as shorts by Laurel & Hardy and Buster Keaton. Marcus Brigstocke hosted the evening in inimitable style.

This followed a matinee show with CBeebies star Andy Day who brought his favourite Slapstick clips to a younger audience and their parents.

All in all, 2019 was a breakthrough year for Slapstick Festival!

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Slapstick Sunday – In Photos

The year’s main festival was divided between a strong archive programme of silent comedy at Watershed (16-20 Jan) and a classic comedy strand at Bristol Old Vic (18-20 Jan), with our guest curator Richard Herring programming a number of special events at the latter.

From classic Laurel & Hardy shorts accompanied by a live piano, to behind the scenes chats with Dad’s Army vicar,  Frank Williams and the creators of the Inbetweeners, it was eclectic and sublime, with something to appeal to everyone. We even took Slapstick to Bristol Cathedral for the first year ever! And with 33 events over six days, it was our biggest Slapstick!

For this edition, many of our ‘family’ of special guests are returned including Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Kevin Brownlow, David Robinson and Lucy Porter. We were also excited to introduce brand new guests including Little & Large, Sally Phillips, Joe Thomas, Dad’s Army’s Frank Williams and veteran comedian Jimmy Cricket.

Do check out a selection of photos from this year’s festival by clicking the button below.

Finally, people may have known our Guest Liaison team leader: Martin Hammond. Sadly, Martin passed away suddenly just after the last festival. A familiar sight at Slapstick, Martin is an irreplaceable figure. He will be sorely missed and we dedicated the 2019 edition of the festival to him. We’ll miss you, Martin!

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Slapstick 2019 – In Photos

Volunteer Call Out


We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to help us out with Slapstick Festival.

There are lots of roles available so if you’d like to get involved there’s probably something for you!

Click the button below for more info.

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Laurel & Hardy Store


To celebrate Slapstick 2019, Laurel & Hardy Store merchandise will be available to purchase at the festival, including such items as t-shirts, mugs, prints, posters, novelty items, umbrellas, aprons and tea towels – all featuring our favourite comedy duo.

You can also buy items now from their website using the button below – and know that as an added incentive for you to get something Slapstick gets a small contribution towards the festival’s coffers from every purchase made via this link!

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