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Comedy Genius

October 2018-January 2019

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.

Introduction by BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart

Events and strands



“You’ll see it’s all a show
Keep ‘em laughing as you go,
Just remember that
the last laugh is on you...”
Monty Python’s Life of Brian

“How can you make jokes about Hitler?” Mel Brooks was asked on release of his film The Producers in 1967. He said he wanted “to rob Hitler of his posthumous power and myths.” Charlie Chaplin and Ernst Lubitsch courted controversy much earlier, using comedy to lampoon the führer at the height of his power in films which have since been accorded classic status. Laughter isn’t just a little light relief in serious times, it can be a political strategy and expression of freedom.

Rhidian Davis


See our Future Film recommends, and a free collections focus in the library.

See the December TV preview of Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special.

We also have a free Mediatheque collection and free exhibition.

Coming in January: a season of Laurel and Hardy, and more Comedy Genius across the UK.

The Comedy Genius season takes place at venues across the UK and on BFI Player.

Supported by

Comedy Central


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