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The Slapstick Festival Returns to Bristol

The Slapstick Festival has been an annual celebration in Bristol since 2005 and it is back with even more shows and even more chances to explore the history of one of the most famous comedy art forms. The festival runs from 21st January until 24th January but has a special opening event coming in December, with Matt Lucas coming to the city to discuss his life’s work.

The Slapstick Festival celebrates this much loved form of comedy through the showing of famous films from the height of the silent era of film. It celebrates the extensive archive of silent comedy film out there, with all of the films accompanied, as was the way when they were first premiered, with live musical scored performed by distinguished musicians and with talks and introductions from prominent film experts, comedians and historians. The event is running at three leading venues in Bristol city centre, Colston Hall, St Georges and the Watershed and there are plenty of well-known faces to look out for including Marcus Brigstocke, Tim Vine and Barry Cryer.

The opening event for the festival though, is on 4th December as Matt Lucas is welcomed to the city to discuss his life in comedy. The show, entitled Matt Lucas’ Banana Skin, will see Matt on stage discussion his career (with a special guest host) and giving some insight into his many slapstick endeavours and even his most recent BBC comedy series Pompidou, which he described as aiming to ‘reinvent silent comedy for the 21st century’.

The Slapstick Festival has been a popular event in Bristol for many years, bringing in film fans from around the UK to the city and tickets are available now for all events.

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