Now when it comes to comedy on the big screen, how much do we still owe to the era of silent films? Many fans would say that Slapstick greats like Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd still have a significant influence today.
Well among enthusiasts is the former star of 'The Goodies' Tim Brooke-Taylor. He is taking part in Britain's only festival of silent film comedy later this week in Bristol. It's called Slapstick 2010 and runs from the 21st to the 24th January.