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10feb2:00 PMSlapstick Sunday with Andy Day2:00 PM Bristol Hippodrome

10feb7:30 PMSilent Comedy Gala 20197:30 PM Bristol Hippodrome


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Featuring Gertie the Dinosaur and friends onscreen

Bristol Hippodrome
Sunday 10th February 2019, 2pm
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 mad-capped 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)


10feb7:30 PMSilent Comedy Gala 20197:30 PM Bristol Hippodrome

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Bristol Hippodrome, Sunday 10 February 2019, 7.30pm
tickets from £21.50-£46.50 plus booking fees

*VIP packages available

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 comedy gala is perfect for film and comedy fans of all ages.

Your host for the evening will be the 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 Günter A. Buchwald. It features several of the most celebrated sequences in comic cinema. The score, by Chaplin himself, is performed in a restored version and includes a romantic theme that would be made famous through the hit song “Smile”. Plus short comedies from Laurel & Hardy and Buster Keaton, both with live musical accompaniment, additional entertainment from the brilliant comedian magician John Archer and live pre-show entertainment in the foyer from Circomedia.

It all makes for a truly thrill-packed evening not to be missed.







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.


Stand Out Stand Up

Jason Manford
Jack Dee
Susan Calman
Richard Herring
Pippa Evans
Tony Hawks

A big thanks to everyone who came to our once in a lifetime Stand Out Stand Up event. It was the first time that this amazingly unique and starry line up came together to raise funds for Slapstick Festival.

Predictably, every guest on the line up continuously cracked up the audience. Jack Dee's tongue-in-cheek hosting was a winner from the offset, displaying enthusiasm and passion for Slapstick and comedy but still keeping with his trademark grumpiness tone!

Richard Herring's forrero rocher dilemma and Tony Hawk's topical poetry made our stomachs sore with both laughter and hunger. It's okay though - we got distracted pretty quickly with free CDs from Tony!

The delightful Pippa Evans skips to the stage with a self-awareness and mockery of her Radio 4 status that makes her that much more loveable to everyone. In similar vein, our Glaswegian correspondent and Kylie Minogue lookalike, Susan Calman, shares self-deprecating tales and anecdtoes about appearances and fame.

Last but not least, Jason Manford, takes a break from starring in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ to take to the stage in Bristol with an energy that can't be mimicked. Laughter and giggles galore, Jason's a clear comedy king and our appreciation for his appearance tonight can't even be measured.

Thank you!

Thanks again to all our hilarious guests for Stand Out Stand Up and a big thanks to all the attendees. You are the reason we can have Slapstick and can keep doing these wonderful events.


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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 bringing his favourite Slapstick clips to younger a younger audience and their parents.

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

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!

Slapstick 2019 – In Photos

Silent Comedy Spectacular Hosted By Barry Humphries

Step inside the iconic London Palladium to be enthralled and entertained by your all-time favourite big-screen comedy stars from yesteryear, accompanied by a live orchestra.

A trio of silent comedies from comedy giants Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy, will be presented by multi-award winning, critically acclaimed performer, writer and silent comedy aficionado, Barry Humphries.

Experience the thrill of Buster Keaton’s most famous – and most dangerous – stunt, the house fall, in the outstanding comedy masterpiece STEAMBOAT BILL JR (1927). Presented on a vast HD screen, the movie will be accompanied live by The Bristol Ensemble, who will perform the London premiere of a new score composed and conducted by maestro Carl Davis.

Plus you’ll have the chance to enjoy short comedies from Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin, all with outstanding live musical accompaniment.
Barry’s special guests include comedy legend and national treasure Barry Cryer with his partner in musical comedy crime Ronnie Golden, along with showbiz legend, the inimitable Bernie Clifton.

This promises to be a unique and hilarious night to remember.

“If you’ve a shred of a sense of humour – this‘ll be one of the high points of the year”
– Sir Michael Palin.

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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!

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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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