During the Spring and Summer of 2020 Slapstick responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by releasing two series of events on our YouTube channel.

For the first, Laughter In Lockdown, we dug deep into our archives to release classic shows from the previous decade, while for the second, Laughing Out Of Lockdown, we mixed up unique live-streamed events and more archive shows.

Many of the above are still on our YouTube channel.


Laughter After Lockdown

 

Revisit Our Lockdown series of events from Spring and Summer 2020

OK, so we know that lockdown hasn’t ended yet for everyone. However, when it came to thinking about our next tranche of online events, it felt important to acknowledge that things have changed for most people. Hence the new title of Laughing Out Of Lockdown which heralds our summer online LIVE programme.

Beginning on the 7th August, we’ll be kicking off a series of celebrity-led live online events to complement the archive events we’ve been releasing on YouTube over the last few months.

Events include Graeme Garden talking to broadcaster and author Dr Matthew Sweet about his significant role in the history of radio comedy (7th Aug) and Robin Ince talking to film critic and Chaplin biographer David Robinson about his life, career and fascination with ‘The Little Tramp’. Along with Lucy Porter hosting an online film quiz with the help of celebrity guests – including none other than Stephen Fry – we are sure there will be something for everyone in this new series.

We’ll also be releasing our previously unseen Little & Large event from 2019 in which the pair were reunited onstage for the first time in 25 years and discussed their legacy and comedy career.

In a change from the previous format, all of the live events will be ticketed and, whilst people can still access them for as little as £1, bookers will be encouraged to make a more sizeable donation to help keep the festival going.

The Scarecrow
Dir: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | USA | 1920 | 19' | Certificate: U

Slapstick Conversations:
Graeme Garden & Matthew Sweet on Radio Comedy

An Audience with Little & Large

David Robinson & Robin Ince talk Charlie Chaplin

Slapstick's Big Film Quiz with Lucy Porter

Friday 31 July 19:30

The Scarecrow
Dir: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | USA | 1920 | 19' | Certificate: U

Slapstick Festival digs into its archives to present a classic silent comedy online.
From July 31st, watch Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow (1920), the film was originally screened live at Slapstick Festival in 2019 at Bristol Hippodrome. Introduced by satirist and stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke, The Scarecrow (1920) is accompanied live by Slapstick’s very own musical director Günter A. Buchwald on piano. Feel the atmosphere and hear the laughter as you enjoy this Keaton classic online in during August.

Friday 7th August 19:30

Slapstick Conversations:
Graeme Garden & Matthew Sweet on Radio Comedy

Join Slapstick Festival on Friday 7th August for the first live event of their Laughing Out of Lockdown season.

In this online show, long time Slapstick patron, supporter and board member Graeme Garden will be talking to the broadcaster, author and host of Radio 3's Free Thinking, Matthew Sweet about his significant contribution to British Radio Comedy.

Graeme's seminal works I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and, more recently, The Unbelievable Truth will all be under discussion.

This event will also feature an audience Q&A.

Tickets to the event can be secured by donating to the festival via the booking link. Slapstick will accept donations of any size from £1.

Friday 14 August 19:30

An Audience with Little & Large

Discover this never before released film from the Slapstick archives, available to watch from Friday 14th August, on the festival's YouTube Channel.

In 2019, Slapstick Festival reunited one of the UK’s most successful comedy duos - Little & Large – live on stage for the first time in decades, for a by turns hilarious and touching look back at their glory days.

Helping them relive the time was your host, broadcaster, writer and presenter of Radio 3's Free Thinking, Matthew Sweet.

Thurs 20 August 19:30

Slapstick Conversations:
David Robinson & Robin Ince talk Charlie Chaplin

Join Slapstick Festival for the second of their live, "in conversation" events, in which Infinite Monkey Cage co-presenter, podcaster and stand-up comedian Robin Ince will be talking to veteran film critic, historian and Chaplin biographer David Robinson, about his life, work and enduring passion for "The Little Tramp”. Plus a Q&A and a chance to ask David a question.

Tickets to the event can be secured by donating to the festival via the booking link. Slapstick accepts donations of any size from £1, please give generously to support future events

Thurs 27 August 19:30

Slapstick's Big Film Quiz with Lucy Porter

Join comedian Lucy Porter for a film quiz in support of Slapstick Festival on Thursday 27th August, 7:30pm.

Expect an evening of film trivia, jokes, surprise special guests and fun, all in the name of raising money for the 2021 edition of the unmissable Slapstick Festival.


We invite YOU to join us for some much-needed distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic and laugh in the face of adversity.

From April 2020 Slapstick determined to bring our archive film recordings directly into your homes by releasing a filmed archive recording of one classic Slapstick event a week We’re really excited we could open the doors to our recorded archive of silent, visual and classic comedy. Although these releases were discontinued in July as they were superseded by our Laughing Out Of Lockdown events we are pleased to say you can still view these events on youtube here:

Watch now!

#10 - Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders at the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Awards

#9 - Ken Dodd at the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Awards

#8 - Jo Brand's Top Comedy Picks

#7 - Tim Vine's Top Comedy Picks with Richard Herring

#6 - Remembering the comedy genius of Victoria Wood

#5 - The Goodies 50th Anniversary LIVE with Robin Ince

#4 - Harry Hill's Top Comedy Picks

#3 - I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again... Again!

#2 - John Cleese, Rory Bremner, Tim Vine & Friends

#1 - Eric Sykes