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Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2023

February 14 - February 19

Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should virtually head to Bristol this March for Slapstick Festival 2021, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. Now in its 19th year, the initial Slapstick was held in Bristol in 2005.

Slapstick Festival Highlights

This year the festival will have a focus on musical comedy, as well as the comic legacy of Michael Palin and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Michael Palin is the curator for the 2023 festival.

Other events include screenings of Mary Poppins, Some Like It Hot and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Monty Python & The Holy Grail. There will also be mocumentaries This Is Spinal Tap; The Comic Strip Presents: More Bad News; and The Rutles: All You Need is Cash; classcs such as The Cigarette Girl Of MosselpromI Kiss Your Hand, Madam; and Paths To Paradise (1925).

Expect other classics and tributes to Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy and The Beatles.

Things to Do in Bristol

For ideas on fun things to do in Bristol check out the Visit Bristol website.

When is Slapstick 2022?

14 to 19 February, 2023.

Where is Slapstick 2023?

Watershed, St George’s, Bristol Old Vic and The Former Bristol Imax Cinema.

Tickets for Slapstick Festival

All tickets can be bought from the box office hosting the event, e. You can also buy a Silent Comedy Pass (£82) or a Full-Festival Pass for £225 which includes all 31 events. Details can be found here.

Full Festival Line Up

You can download a pdf file of the complete festival line-up here.

For more information on Slapstick


A non-profit venture, Slapstick is supported by local businesses and local volunteers. Its main funders are the British Film Institute ( and Aardman Animations ( Cover photo: Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality (1923).


February 14
February 19
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