Where: St George's, Colston Hall, Watershed, ,

When: 21 January 2016 10:00am to 25 January 2016 10:00pm

Ken Dodd joins star-rich line-up at Slapstick 2016

Veteran rib-tickler Ken Dodd is coming to Bristol in January to join Marcus Brigstocke, Barry Cryer, The Goodies, Adrian Utley, Tim Vine, Rick Wakeman and many other special guests for the city’s annual Slapstick festival of silent and classic screen comedy.

In a change from previous years, the festival – now recognised as the biggest of its kind in the world - will be hosting events at St George’s Brandon Hill as well as at Watershed and Colston Hall during its 12th annual edition: Thursday 21 to Monday 25 January 2016.

Highlights of the St George’s programme include Marcus Brigstocke quizzing Aardman writers about the secrets of Shaun The Sheep’s global popularity; The Goodies sharing anecdotes and footage from their award-winning TV shows; gag master Tim Vine saluting his hero, Phil Silver, AKA Sgt Bilko; and DAD’S ARMY actor Ian Lavender and music legend Rick Wakeman chatting about their mutual passion for Buster Keaton before introducing two of his wildly funny Wild West comedies – THE PALEFACE (1922) and GO WEST (1925), both accompanied live by the European Silent Screen Virtuoso, featuring guest player Adrian Utley of Portishead.

Then, for the festival’s finale on Monday 25 January (7.30pm), Knotty Ash born legend Ken Dodd -  88 on November 8 – and his trademark tickling sticks will take to the St George’s stage to share memories, gags and songs from his 60 year show business career before receiving the coveted Aardman/ Slapstick Comedy Legend Award.

Tickets for all of Slapstick’s events at St George’s, including the festival’s curtain raiser starring Matt Lucas,  on Friday 4 December, can be booked now via the venue’s box office, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR, 0845 402 4001;

In addition, tickets are also on sale now for Slapstick’s flagship Silent Comedy Gala at Colston Hall on Friday 22 January, featuring live music and big screen showings of comedy classics starring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Charley Chase.

Details of the rest of the Slapstick 2016 programme are due to be released in late November. To stay up-to-date with Slapstick news, special offers and competitions,  please find Slapstick Festival on Facebook, follow @SlapstickFest on Twitter or sign up for the festival’s free e-bulletins by visiting

Slapstick is a not-for-profit venture run mainly by volunteers. The festival’s principal funders are Aardman Animations ( and the British Film Institute (

Entry Cost: Ticket prices vary for each event

Posted by: Pam Beddard | 06-11-2015

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