Aardman at Slapstick 2015
ardman are delighted to be supporting Slapstick 2015, the UK’s best silent comedy festival which takes place at venues across Bristol from 22nd-25th January. The festival, which is now in its ninth year, showcases and celebrates film comedy from the golden era of the silents.
This year, audiences can enjoy classic films from the comic giants – Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton – plus lesser known but brilliant talents from this age of comic miracles. The “Lost Clowns” events – introduced by Ian Lavender, Bill Oddie and Kevin Brownlow– include films with Eddie Cantor, Marion Byron & Anita Garvin, James Finlayson and the appropriately named Musty Suffer.
In addition to the main festival activity, Stand Up Comedian, Writer and Morph admirer Richard Herring will be joining Slapstick for a pre-festival event Seeing Double! featuring Morph & Chas. Richard will be hosting the onstage chat with Peter Lord on Saturday 17th January sharing his passion and enthusiasm for everyone’s favourite terracotta clay character and his mischievous pal. Audiences can expect passionate dialogue from two titans of the comedy and animation worlds.
This year’s programme whose special focus is ‘Seeing Double!’, celebrating great comic double acts. Morecambe & Wise are remembered by Barry Cryer, one of their finest writers. Griff Rhys Jones celebrates his partnership with the late great Mel Smith. Don MacLean remembers his Crackerjack double act with Peter Glazeand their famous silent movie comedy recreations. A contemporary double act, the unstoppable Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer will be this year’s recipients of the Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award for ‘outstanding contribution to visual comedy’ which will be presented by Aardman founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord at Bristol Old Vic on Sunday 27th January.
For more details about all of the events and to purchase tickets visit