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British Comedy

summary of Slapstick 2011 events with Tim, Graeme, and Bill
25/01/2011 01:31 GMT

Posted by lisa

The following information comes from , which also includes links for booking tickets at the Slapstick 2011 festival in Bristol, England at the end of this week.

Friday 28 January 2011

* Slapstick Silent Comedy Galawith very special guests
FRI 28 JAN 1930hrs Venue: Colston Hall £20/£16 concs/£6 under 12s
Dir: Fred Newmeyer, USA, 1924, 1h 22m
A star-studded evening of classic comedy and live entertainment with special guests Bill Oddie, Ian Lavender, Barry Cryer, Neil Innes & Paul McGann

This unique event presents four living national comedy icons introducing four classic silent comedy shorts on the big screen from the five masters of silent comedy accompanied live by Jazz Train, and The European Silent Screen Virtuosi This gala is truly a once in a life-time opportunity to see the funniest silent comedy with some of our best loved British comedy performers, promising to be bigger, better and funnier than ever.

Saturday 29 January 2011

*Harry Langdon’s Best Comedy Shorts
With Graeme Garden SAT 29 JAN 1100hrs Venue: Hall 2 (Colston Hall) £7/£5.50
At his best, Harry Langdon rivalled the great silent comics of the twenties. His baby-face antics and subtle forms of visual comedy were so different to the more typical 'slapstick' of the period that he stood alone as a unique performer. Today his films are often passed over and rarely screened. Langdon champion, Goodie and Sorry I Haven’t a Clue Panellist Graeme Garden selects his favourite silent shorts to reveal Langdon at his brightest and funniest. With live piano accompaniment.
Book: 01179223686

* Celebrating Buster Keaton with Ian Lavender SAT 29 JAN 1600hrs Venue: Bristol Old Vic Tickets £16-£5

We are delighted to welcome Ian Lavender to Bristol’s Slapstick Festival to share his long held passion for ‘the great stone face’ with fellow Keaton admirer writer/comedian Graeme Garden. Perhaps best known for playing ‘stupid boy’ Private Pike (against type) in Dad’s Army Ian, has appeared in countless stage and television productions including a three year run as Derek Harkinson in EASTENDERS. Ian now returns to his theatrical roots having trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, to discuss Keaton (his specialist subject on Celebrity Mastermind) before revealing and screening his favourite Keaton short.

Plus: Sherlock Jr  (1924) PG 45mins

In Keaton’s thrillingly imaginative and surreal masterpiece, Keaton plays an aspiring detective accused of a crime he didn’t commit by the family of his potential fiancée. Banished, he returns to his day job as a film projectionist, and dreams of apprehending the real culprit, his dastardly love rival. Accompanied live by THE EUROPEAN SILENT SCREEN VIRTUOSI a five-piece ensemble featuring Guenter Buchwald on violin and piano and Triple Oscar winning animator Richard Williams on cornet with their international friends.
Book: 01179877877

* (This one is included for the ISHAC fans): Barry Cryer's Top Comedy Moments in conversation with Rob Brydon
SAT 29 JAN 2000hrs Venue: Bristol Old Vic Tickets £20-£5 
Barry Cryer has worked with and written for more comedy talent than almost any other living British comedian. A ‘National Treasure’ in the truest sense of the term Barry will be celebrating the great visual comedians from yesteryear right up to today. From Harold Lloyd to Morecombe and Wise, from Buster Keaton to David Jason, ‘Baz’ recalls, reminisces, and recounts anecdotes and tall tales on a trip down memory lane – and what memories, if only he can remember them! Baz invites you to join him as he recounts his working relationships with some of the greats of visual comedy while delighting us with his top onscreen comedy moments from the last century. All this, in conversation with the inimitable comedian and actor Rob Brydon!

Sunday 30 January 2011

* Marty! With Tim Brooke-Taylor
SUN 30 JAN 1100hrs Venue: Hall 2 (Colston Hall) £7/£5.50
Before finding global recognition in Hollywood Marty Feldman (instantly recognizable for his characteristic bulging eyes) starred in a number of hugely successful British television comedy shows including the seminal At Last the 1948 show and BAFTA award winning show Marty. Tim Brooke-Taylor was a key writer and cast member on both these popular shows from the late 1960s. In discussion with presenter Chris Serle, Tim recounts working with this much loved and now often overlooked comedian illustrated by some of his best visual comedy gags.
Book: 01179223686

* Marty! Young Frankenstein Introduced by Tim Brooke-Taylor
SUN 30 JAN 2000hrs Venue: Watershed £7/£5.50 concs
Dir: Mel Brooks, USA, 1974, 1h 45m
To close Slapstick Festival Tim Brooke-Taylor celebrates the cinematic success of his comedy colleague Marty Feldman in his most iconic role as ‘Eye-Gore’ in Mel Brooks’ classic horror spoof. A crazy tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic, it pokes fun at almost every Frankenstein film ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step guide ‘How To Bring A Corpse Back To Life’. Inspired lunacy from Mel Brooks starring Gene Wilder and Mary Feldman.
Book: 01179275100

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Did anyone happen to catch Tim, Graeme, and Bill's appearances at Slapstick 2011?  If so, what was it like? I would've loved to have been there.
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Oi Graeme

date: 07/02/2011 19:24 GMT
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