From Oct through Jan we have tons of side-splitting film and TV for you, whether you like your comedy straight-up, slapstick or smutty.
Events and strands
Comic interviews, Q&As and other special events.
A day of saucy humour and reprehensible silliness.
Funny women switching it up on screen.
Individuals with a gift for mayhem.
Tickle your funny bone in our Comedy Genius weekends.
Sensationally silly films for all the family.
“Comedy is a distortion of what is happening, and there will always be something happening”
There’s nothing better than laughing together in the cinema. But great comedy can also challenge us to think.
Fooling about became a fine art through the early decades of cinema, but comedy genius is too often under-recognised. It’s the gift of perfect timing, an expertly executed sight-gag, a zinging wise-crack, a giddy rush of manic energy. Whether perfectly choreographed, brutally raw, or conjured out of improvisation and collaboration, the best comedy is ultimately disruptive. It punctures pomposity, and blows a raspberry at social convention: the proto-feminist whiplash of screwball wit, the rambunctious working-class revolt of Carry On, the purposeful anarchy of alternative comedy. Our nation-wide season brings the acknowledged comedy greats back to the big screen for everyone to enjoy, and celebrates a new wave of talent on TV and online that’s changing the face of what – and who – we find funny.
Coming in part two in December: Groundhog Day, Stir Crazy, Trading Places, Superbad, Elf and so much more...
Barbershops & Black Comedy Legends
From 15-18 November, Foyer
We Are Parable present a free, immersive pop-up barbershop installation in the foyer inspired by Desmond’s, featuring iconic episodes of the classic sitcom and showcasing black comedy films.
The Comedy Genius season takes place at venues across the UK and on BFI Player.