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Slapstick enlists more stars to brighten up January 2018

Published on Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Christopher Biggins, Jo Brand, Ade Edmondson and Lee Mack are among the entertainment stars who will be brightening up Bristol in January by making debut appearances at the UK’s biggest festival of silent and classic screen comedy: SLAPSTICK.

In all, Slapstick 2018’s organisers have lined up 23 events for the festival’s 14th annual edition - happening from January 25 to 28, at Arnolfini, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall and Watershed. Highlights include:

  • A Keaton 100 strand, marking the centenary of the screen debut of silent comedy genius Buster Keaton with films, documentary, talks and a live stage show
  • Tim Vine hosting a gala triple bill of silent comedy classics starring Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy with live music from the Bristol Ensemble
  • Jo Brand sharing clips and memories of her favourite comedy moments
  • Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer re-uniting to look back at their work together on such 1980s TV hits as COMIC STRIP PRESENTS and in the spoof heavy metal band BAD NEWS
  • Christopher Biggins  giving an ‘I was in it’ introduction to a screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and judging an audience competition for best Transylvania costume
  • Bill Oddie re-opening The Goodies’ songbook and looking back to when songs like FUNKY GIBBON and BLACK PUDDING BERTHA earned the comedy trio pop chart success
  • A choice of child-friendly Slapstick Junior events including screenings, a pratfalls workshop and a free Punch and Judy show presented in Bollywood style
  •  Lucy Porter paying tribute to two of the silent era’s best-loved women comedians, as part of a Rare/Rediscovered /Restored strand which also takes in ‘lost clowns’ from Europe.
  • Barry Cryer remembering The Two Ronnies (Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett)
  • Lee Mack saluting the comedy of Laurel & Hardy in a show featuring anecdotes, clips, and a full screening of the long-thought-lost, newly-restored, BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, accompanied live by the European Silent Screen Virtuosi.

Festival Director Chris Daniels says: “January can be a gloomy month but the next Slapstick festival offers such a wide variety of laugh-out-loud treats from almost every decade since screen comedy began that we’re sure this programme will brighten the mood of every comedy fan.”

He added: “We’re especially happy to welcome such top class entertainers as Jo Brand, Lee Mack, Ade Edmondson, Rowland Rivron and Christopher Biggins to Slapstick for the first time and equally glad that so many audience favourites from previous festivals will be returning, among them Robin Ince, Ronnie Golden, Nigel Planer, Tim Vine and more.”  

For full details of the Slapstick 2018 line-up, including ticket prices and booking arrangements, see the festival’s website – www.slapstick.org.uk - or look out for the festival’s free brochure.

Slapstick news is also available via the festival’s free e-bulletins the Slapstick Festival page on Facebook or by following @SlapstickFest on Twitter/Instagram.

Slapstick is a not-for-profit venture heavily reliant on fee-free appearances by guests, sponsorship in kind from many local businesses and the help of volunteers. The festival’s principal funders are Aardman Animations (www.aardman.com) and the British Film Institute (www.bfi.org.uk).