Comedian Tim Vine is to host the gala evening of film, music and laughter that will be the centre-piece of Bristol’s Slapstick Festival of silent and classic screen comedy when it returns from January 25th to 28th January next year.
The gala night, which will take place on Friday, January 26th, will be the most sparkling event of the 20 or so being planned for Slapstick, now in its 14th year and ranked as Europe’s biggest celebration of vintage screen comedy. It draws audiences from across the UK and beyond.
Tim Vine’s night will feature a triple bill of slapstich classics including Buster Keaton’s masterpiece Sherlock Jt, Charlie Chaplin’s first major box office hit A Dog’s Life and Laurel and Hardy’s Angora Love. There will also be a live performance by award-winning physical comedy duo The Kagools.
The Buster Keaton film will come with a live music score provided by the European Silent Screen Virtuosi, led by the festival’s musical director Guenter A Buchwald. Members of the Bristol Ensemble will play Chaplin’s own score for the film A Dog’s Life.
Festival director Chris Daniels said: “Tim Vine is the perfect host for the Slapstick Gala. He’s a genuine aficionado of silent comedy and brings to the role the quick-fire wit that’s made him a regular on many TV/radio panel shows, twice clinched him the prize for the Fringe’s best joke and earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records for telling the most jokes in a hour.”
Tim Vine added: “I can’t wait to host the Slapstick Gala. What an absolute treat to see these classic comedy films the way they’re supposed to be seen – on a big screen with live music. It’s going to be a magical night.”
For more details and to book tickets see the official Slapstick Festival 2018 website. You can also contact the Colston Hall box office on 0844 887 1500 or log on to www.colstonhall.org
Slapstick is a not-for-profit organisation whose principal funders are Aardman Animations and the British Film Institute.