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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 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 June* 2018.

*Previously thought to be April

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