The Bristol Slapstick Festival 2018

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Get your new year off to the best possible start and laugh your socks off

Whilst there were aspects of 2017 that have been a little dark, there are some things that never fail to make us smile. One of those things is, without a doubt, slapstick comedy. Hailing from simpler times of black and white films, exaggerated movement and excellent music, it is comedy that is timeless. And now you can celebrate the medium to its fullest with the Bristol Slapstick Festival!

This is the 14th year of the festival and is the biggest edition yet. This year’s festival celebrates the role of music in film and the impact that it’s had on comedy today. Spanning three days, there’s a jam-packed schedule of events to see, kicking-off with a screening of Spite Marriage at the Arnolfini – the making and mastery of Buster Keaton. Expect some inside knowledge and information from Oscar-winning film-maker Kevin Brownlow and historian David Robinson, and be the first to see the one-man musical When you fall down from James Dangerfield – in tribute to Keaton’s life and work. 

The girls get their own spotlight, with stand-up comedian, actress and writer Lucy Porter taking to the stage to celebrate famous female comics of the screen Betty Balfour and Constance Talmadge (who was, by chance, Keaton’s sister-in-law!). Laugh out loud as the celebrated Jo Brand chooses her top funny moments and comedian Lee Mack commends Laurel and Hardy in a very special event at Colston Hall. One thing not to be missed is an exciting late-night screening of the comedy classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show – come dressed as your favourite character and be judged by original cast member Christopher Biggins…

Follow the music theme through the festival with such guests as Barry Cryer of The Two Ronnies, wildlife champion Bill Oddie, a rare reunion of the mock heavy metal band Bad News and much, much more. 

This is just a handful of the things happening at this year’s Slapstick Festival, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun – laugh your way into the new year! 

When: Bristol city centre, various locations

Where: 25–28 January 2018 


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