The captains of comedy return to Bristol

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 January 2012

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

Pam Beddard, Slapstick Festival

BRITAIN'S biggest festival of slapstick comedy returns to Bristol for the eighth-year running and will welcome on stage some of the greatest captains of comedy.

From January 26-29 the Colston Hall will be shaking with laughter as this year’s Slapstick Festival is promised to be the boldest yet, offering 17 different events and celebrating more than 100 years of silent and visual humour.

Just some of the top name guests include Sanjeev Bhaskar, Barry Cryer, Griff Rhys Jones and Monty Python star Terry Jones.

Festival director Chris Daniels says: “We’re confident that this is our finest programme to date and that the laughter it will inspire will be the perfect antidote to the dark days of winter and gloomy news headlines.”

The festival will praise the early exploits of silent stars, such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd to later classics such as the legendary Dad’s Army and Monty Python.

With a range of classic comedy, this is a festival not to be missed; with Terry Jones, one of Britain’s most famous comic writers and performers, presenting a screening of Monty Python’s Life of Brian which is arguably one of the funniest British movie of all time.

Fans of the iconic film will be able to enjoy the legendary words, he’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy, all over again. The festival will also include a very special evening with Ian Lavender, celebrating Dad’s Army.

Some of the other highlights include a silent comedy gala, hosted by Griff Rhys Jones and featuring the world premiere of a new score by Guenter A. Buchwald for Buster Keaton’s The General. In addition to rarely-shown silent shorts and music from the Bristol Ensemble, European Silent Screen Virtuosi and the acapella group Matinee Idles, joined for the evening by actor Paul McGann.

The festival will take place at 7.30pm and tickets, priced £8-£18, are available from the box office on 0117 922 3686.

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