The first of two Friday night silent comedy shows will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Sheldon Theatre.

The legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy perform their unique brand of slapstick in several short films.

Together, British-born Stan Laurel and American-born Oliver Hardy were one of the most popular comedy teams to appear on a movie screen.

They first appeared together in the 1917 film "The Lucky Dog" but didn't officially become a working team until 1927, when they worked with Hal Roach's studio and became his most famous and lucrative stars.

Among their best known works are "Sons of the Desert" (1933), "Way Out West" (1937), "Block-Heads" (1938) and the shorts "Big Business" (1929), "Liberty" (1929), and their Academy Award-winning "The Music Box "(1932).

The second comedy night will be Aug. 22, when the Sheldon features comedian Buster Keaton.

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Call (651) 388-8700 or (800) 899-5759 or go online to www.sheldontheatre.org