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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.

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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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This is what’s made audiences giggle for the previous 12 years.

 

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Slapstick Festival Home

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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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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“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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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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