Slapstick Takeover

Slapstick returns with an incredible series of 14 unique events in just three days, curated by comedian, writer and diarist Richard Herring. 

“I am so thrilled to be curating this weekend for the Slapstick Festival. Not only do I get to spend more time in one of my favourite cities in the world, but I will also be chatting to some of my all-time comedy heroes like The Goodies and The Inbetweeners team. As a life-long comedy nerd, this is absolute Heaven for me. Hopefully for you too. But I’m the important one here.”

Richard Herring

Other rib-tickling delights feature an on-stage reunion of much-loved comedy duo Little & Large, the Comedy Legend that is Barry Cryer, improv-king, Tony Slattery and all-round comedian, actor and writer, Sally Phillips. 

An Audience with Little & Large

Fri 18 Jan7:30pmat TheatreBook

In conversation with presenter and writer Matthew Sweet, one of Britain’s best comedy double acts of all time, Little and Large. At their peak, Syd Little and Eddie Large attracted up to 25 million viewers to The Little and Large Show (1976-1992). Tragedy hit in the form of serious health issues for Eddie and a fight for his life, leading to the premature end of their act. Hear their unique showbiz story in their first onstage appearance together for decades and following their triumphant 2018 TV reunion on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Tickets: £18

Laurel & Hardy: Way out West

Fri 18 Jan10:00pmat TheatreBook

In this classic comedy from Stan & Ollie, a prospector enlists the pair to deliver the deed for a goldmine to his daughter Mary in Brushwood Gulch. When they arrive in the small village, Mary’s sinister guardian pretends to be Mary, thus fooling the hapless duo into handing over the deed. Upon meeting the real Mary, the pair realise their mistake and set about getting the deed into the rightful owner’s hands. Considered by many – including Bill Oddie – to be Laurel & Hardy’s finest and funniest film, this screening is proceeded by a brief onstage chat with Robin Ince and Bill Oddie. 

Tickets: £12.50

Louise Brooks: Icon, Muse, Comedian

Sat 19 Jan11:15amat TheatreBook

Actress, presenter and comedian Sally Phillips (Smack the Pony, Miranda, Bridget Jones franchise) joins Slapstick to introduce this film co-starring the silent screen actress Louise Brooks in an early W.C. Fields silent comedy. Best known for her iconic leading role in Pandora’s Box (1928), Brooks developed her acting skills in comedies working for Paramount studios and this, her fourth feature, is one in which her comedic talents shine. It’s the Old Army Game (1926) is an uproarious comedy in which the inimitable W.C. Fields finds it impossible to get some sleep, a non-stop comedy of errors. With live musical accompaniment from the European Silent Screen Virtuosi. 

Tickets: £12.50

Complete Goodies

Sat 19 Jan2:00pmat TheatreBook

Finally! The last, great, unreleased DVD box set has seen the light of day. For the first time ever anywhere in the world, every episode of THE GOODIES has been released for obsessive fans -  young and old.

To celebrate, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie reunite on stage at Bristol Old Vic for a unique afternoon in conversation. Graeme, Tim and Bill will talk about their sparkling career in comedy and the enduring popularity of ‘The Goodies’ decades on. Prepare for delight and discovery as ardent fan Richard Herring rummages through his new box set for classic clips from one of the best-loved TV comedies.

Tickets: £16

Tim Vine's Top Comedy Moments

Sat 19 Jan5:00pmat TheatreBook

Just what makes Tim Vine’s comedy mind work? Where do those puns and one-liners come from? Who and what made him laugh when he was growing up? These questions and more will be answered when Tim – stand up legend, co-star of 35 episodes of NOT GOING OUT and host of the new ITV game show FOOTBALL GENIUS – reveals his personal comedy favourite moments and influences.  With Richard Herring leading the chat, this will be a rare chance to witness what happens when two masters of quick wit and tight timing team up. Not to be missed!

Tickets: £15

Teenage Kicks: the Inbetweeners Phenomenon

Sat 19 Jan8:00pmat TheatreBook

In just three series, The Inbetweeners (2008-2010) became nothing short of a national comedy phenomenon. Series creator/writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris created four totally new hapless teenagers the nation could identify with. Here, in conversation with fan Richard Herring, creators Iain and Damon and actor Joe Thomas (Simon Cooper) reflect on the show’s success and its ongoing legacy.

Tickets: £18 (Offer: Enjoy both Inbetweeners events for just £25!)

The Inbetweeners Movie

Sat 19 Jan10:00pmat TheatreBook

This critically-acclaimed spin-off from the BAFTA award-winning TV series set the record for the biggest opening weekend for a comedy film in the UK. The boys have finished school forever, and are off on their first lads holiday in Malia – with lots of fantasies but not much idea of reality. It’s a real coming-of-age film – where four boys try to be cool with classically embarrassing consequences. But all's well that end's well and there's a proper feel-good vibe to this film!

Tickets: £12.50 (Offer: Enjoy both Inbetweeners events for just £25!)

Classic Big Screen Comedy: Dad's Army (1971)

Sun 20 Jan11:15amat TheatreBook

This classic feature spin-off from the TV series was made between the third and fourth Dad’s Army TV series, by which time the show was firmly established as Britain’s best-loved sitcom, a position it retains to this day, more than 40 years on from the end of its original nine-year run. 

Tickets: £12.50 (Offer: Enjoy both Dad's Army events for just £20!)

More Tea Vicar?

Sun 20 Jan2:00pmat TheatreBook

Join Dad’s Army Vicar, actor Frank Williams, as he celebrates a lifetime on stage, film and television. Hosted by author, entertainer and producer Chris Gidney, gain a first-hand insight into the slightly tetchy vicar, trying to come to terms with the elderly platoon’s invasion of his beloved church hall. Plus a unique glimpse behind the scenes of Dad’s Army, including Frank’s rarely seen home movie of the Dad’s Army cast on tour.

Tickets: £15 (Offer: Enjoy both Dad's Army events for just £20!)

Slattery Will Get You Nowhere!

Sun 20 Jan3:30pmat The Weston StudioBook

Slapstick welcomes comedian and actor Tony Slattery as he reveals all in conversation with comedy historian Robert Ross. After playing to packed houses at last year’s Edinburgh Festival with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Tony Slattery is back with a no-holds-barred reflection on his life and work; from the Cambridge Footlights to the demons that have consistently dogged his success. This is an unstructured and unpredictable gallop through several lifetimes worth of poignant and hilarious anecdotes. Anything can happen and it probably will!

Tickets: £12.50 | Recommended Age: 14+

Jimmy Cricket Live

Sun 20 Jan5:00pmat TheatreBook

Jimmy Cricket is, without doubt, a 1980s comedy icon. With his trademark wellington boots (on the wrong feet), his famous letters from his Mammy and his catchphrases of ‘come closer’ and ‘there’s more’, he holds the hearts of all those that were fans of his TV and radio shows. As hilarious as ever, and winning new fans wherever he performs, Jimmy will excite and delight audiences with his special brand of family-friendly stand up comedy. A real nostalgic family treat.

Tickets: £12.50

Hancock & Co. One Man, Many Voices

Sun 20 Jan6:30pmat The Weston StudioBook

James Hurn – a talented actor and impressionist – will be performing a brand-new programme including one classic episode of Hancock’s Half Hour, and one episode he has written himself in the same style as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, with James voicing the entire cast. James Hurn (Deadringers) is a master at recreating the accents and personas of such iconic 20th-century British favourites as Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams. The new show is performed in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.

Tickets: £12.50

Barry Cryer and Colin Sell: Live Again!

Sun 20 Jan8:00pmat TheatreBook

In yet another farewell tour, Baz returns, reunited with Colin Sell who refuses to take no for an answer. Barry Cryer, still a “Sprightly Veteran” (Undertaker’s Gazette) and Colin Sell a “Legendary Virtuoso” (Pensioner’s Weekly) combine to entertain you with songs, jokes and the amazing realisation that they’re still here. 

Tickets: £16

Laurel & Hardy's Choice Morsels

Sun 20 Jan10:00pmat TheatreBook

Laugh out loud with three classic shorts from the greatest comedy double act of all time: Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy. This is a rare chance to see the boys as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen.

Comedian Richard Herring is joined by other festival guests to reveal their top comedy shorts. Colin Sell (I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue) will be making an appearance to accompany one of shorts with live piano.

What better way to finish your weekend and the Festival than with a laugh.

Tickets: £12.50