The BFI will stage the UK’s greatest ever celebration of film and TV comedy this winter; from boundary-pushing writers and performers who say the unsayable, to silent slapstick heroes of the past and disreputable and anarchic voices of the present, this season will celebrate the best-loved works of comic genius, with an array of talent taking part throughout the season.
The UK-wide celebration will feature a three month season at BFI Southbank involving the best and brightest comedy stars, writers and directors, including headline events with Jennifer Saunders, Tracey Ullman, Lenny Henry, John Landis, Jo Brand, Sandi Toksvig, David Walliams, Henning Wehn and Nish Kumar, as well as the casts and crews of The Young Ones, Nighty Night, The Real McCoy and People Just Do Nothing.
Comedy Genius will also feature the UK-wide re-release of the all-too-relevant 9 to 5, which the one and only Jane Fonda will introduce live at BFI Southbank in October.
Events across the country will include everything from The Great British Holiday Weekender at Pontins Holiday Camp in Brean Sands — which will celebrate hilarious holidays gone wrong, with screenings of Withnail & I and Sightseers as well as other entertainment — to Barbershops and Black Comedy Legends, a series of immersive pop-up barbershop installations inspired by Desmond’s enabling participants to watch iconic episodes of the classic sitcom, as well as a national tour of Black comedy films to venues across the UK.
In partnership with the Film Audience Network