Silent, silly and slapstick

PUBLISHED: 14:31 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 16 January 2013

June Whitfield.

June Whitfield.

The Slapstick Festival

AS PART of Bristol’s annual salute to silent, vintage and slapstick comedy, stars such as Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Park, all three Goodies and June Whitfield will be visiting the city.

The 2013 Slapstick Festival will be the ninth in a series, which is the biggest event of its kind in Britain.

It is one of the best-rated comedy film festivals in the world and attracts more than 4,000 visitors.

Comedy stars such as Ian Lavender, Paul McGann, Nick Park, Lucy Porter, Matthew Sweet, and Victoria Wood will also be at the festival.

A total of 15 shows will be held at a number of Bristol venues including the Colston Hall, the Watershed, Bristol Old Vic and Arnolfini from January 24-27.

These will include Bill Oddie’s Laurel and Hardy classics, Slapstick Animation which will be presented by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, a silent comedy gala and the show Lost Goodies.

Festival director, Chris Daniels, said: “The 2013 programme provides a chance to meet some of today’s top comedy performers and find out which past professionals they most admire or have found inspiring.

“We’re really thrilled by our latest guest list. It reads like a ‘who’s who’ of comedy talent.”

For the first time the festival will also include a special strand celebrating a century’s worth of funny ladies.

Chris added: “There’s a source of laugh-out-loud enjoyment here for absolutely everyone – just the job to brighten the dark days of winter.”

Event tickets, priced £6-20, are on sale via or the host venues.

The Colston Hall is also selling a festival pass, granting admission to all slapstick shows, including the gala.

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