Bristol Slapstick Festival 2017

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The Bristol Slapstick Festival will return on January 18, 2017, the 13th time the much-loved event has graced the city.

It will be a celebration of the best classic silent comedy films and tickets often sell out fast.

The host for this year’s gala show, which will take place at the Colston Hall on Friday January 20th, will be impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner.

For the full list of events taking place over the course of the Slapstick Festival see the official website.

There is a strong emphasis on female comics this year, with original 20s flapper girl Colleen Moore,Clara Bow and Annette Benson all appearing on screen.

Live comperes will include Lucy Porter, Marcus Brigstocke and Shazia Mirza along with film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Robinson.

There will also be tributes to three special comedians who we lost in recent years; Victoria Wood, Rik Mayall and French clown and filmmaker Pierre Etaix.

Legendary music hall performer, comedian and actor Roy Hudd MBE will also appear live in conversation with Matthew Sweet.

Classic silent films to be screened

At the gala the Bristol Ensemble will play live while Harold Lloyd’s 1925 classuc The Freshman will be shown.

The Finishing Touch, starring Laurel & Hardy, and The High Sign, will also be screened.

First held in Bristol in 2005, the Slapstick Festival is organised by Bristol Silents and since 2008 has, along with Aardman, presented the Aardman/Slapstick award.

Previous winners of the award include Eric Sykes, Michael Palin and Pierre Etaix.

Comedy icons Victoria Wood, Bill Oddie and June Whitfield are just some of the big names who have attended the festival.

To buy tickets for the Gala evening see here.


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