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

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


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We are delighted to be bringing the 15th edition of Slapstick Festival to Bristol. The festival has very much evolved since its inaugural edition back in 2005 when silent comedy was the sole focus of all 12 events. 

The year’s festival is 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 promises to be eclectic and sublime, with something to appeal to everyone. And with 33 events over six days, this is our biggest Slapstick ever! The main festival (16-20 Jan) will be followed by two additional festival events just three weeks later at Bristol’s Hippodrome (10 Feb) including our gala, but fear not if you can’t be in Bristol in February as we have ‘Slapstick at the Cathedral’ on Weds 16 January which should more than satisfy any withdrawal symptoms experienced due to the gala having to be moved outside of the Festival weekend. 

For this edition, many of our ‘family’ of special guests are returning including Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Kevin Brownlow, David Robinson and Lucy Porter. We’re 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. 

And when it’s all over there is still the Silent Comedy Gala to look forward to on 10th February at Bristol Hippodrome, with a 40 piece orchestra and a rare live screening of Chaplin’s masterpiece MODERN TIMES. With CBeebies star Andy Day bringing his favourite clips to younger audiences for a matinée on the same day, 2019 is a breakthrough year for Slapstick Festival.

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 would like to dedicate this edition of the festival to him. We’ll miss you, Martin!

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Slapstick Bristol Old Vic Takeover


18-20 January 2019

An incredible series of 14 unique events in just three days including an exciting series curated by comedian, writer and diarist Richard Herring: Richard Herring’s Slapstick! Other rib-tickling delights feature an onstage reunion of much-loved comedy duo, Little & Large, the Comedy Legend that is Barry Cryer, improv-king, Tony Slattery and all-round comedian, actor and writer, Sally Phillips. It’s a packed Slapstick launchpad to comedy heaven.

“I am so thrilled to be curating this weekend for the Slapstick Festival. 
Not only do I get to spend more time in one of my favourite cities in the world, I will be chatting to some of my all-time comedy heroes like The Goodies and The Inbetweeners team. As a life-long comedy nerd this is absolute Heaven for me. Hopefully for you too. 
But I’m the important one here.”


Richard Herring

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Slapstick Sunday with Andy Day


Featuring Gertie the Dinosaur and friends onscreen
Bristol Hippodrome
Sunday 10th February 2019, 2 pm
Tickets £13.15* plus 
booking fees

Join popular children’s TV presenter Andy for a laugh-out-loud extravaganza film show created especially for your little ones.

Perfect for children, Andy will share some of his favourite funny film clips. He’s chosen a selection of hysterical silent comedies and animations to delight and entertain your children.

  • Watch and giggle at the best of Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and MORE!
  • Marvel at the world’s first animated Dinosaur in Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). 
  • Delight at Andy’s madcap antics and tongue-twisting raps.

In a bright and safe film world from the past, Slapstick Sunday with Andy Day captures young children’s imaginations and introduces them to the wonderful world of classic comedy.

Come and join the fun!

Anticipated running time: 60 mins

For all ages. 18 months and under go free!

*Limited Premium Tickets Available (£18.15 + booking fees)

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Slapstick Festival’s
Silent Comedy Gala
featuring


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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“A Bristol Institution”
Bristol Post

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

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*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
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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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Volunteer Call Out


We’re currently recruiting for volunteers to help us out with Slapstick 2019.

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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