Bristol Slapstick Festival 2015 Preview


Written by Lisa Bartlett
16 Friday 16th January 2015

Brace yourself for a side splitting end to the usual January doom and gloom as a celebration of silent comedy will be making its way Bristol. Top names in the comedy world will gather in the city from January 22nd – 25th for the 11th annual Slapstick festival. Celebrity guests including Chris Addison, Marcus Brigstocke, Stephen Fry, The Goodies, Griff Rhys Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Lucy Porter, Rick Wakeman and Victoria Wood will take to stages throughout central Bristol to celebrate some of British history’s most iconic slapstick stars, films and TV programmes. The festival focusses on slapstick films from the silent era as well as more contemporary comedians who have been heavily influenced and inspired by the stars and films of the silent era.

The jam packed weekend will see events such as a live theatre show about the pre-fame lives of Laurel and Hardy, a silent comedy gala on Friday 23 January, hosted by Chris Addison and a look back over classic and influential comedy television programmes from the 1960’s and 1970’s. 

The big theme of this year’s festival is ‘Seeing Double’ paying homage to a selection of the some of the best loved comedy duos including Laurel and Hardy via Morecambe & Wise and Smith & Jones and Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Festival Director Chris Daniels says: “January can be a gloomy month but our next festival is so full of laugh-out loud treats that we’re expecting the Met Office to report that Bristol will be basking in sunshine and smiles throughout Slapstick weekend.”

Book now to avoid disappointment!

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