Angel Comedy: The Bill Murray pub, London, 2018
Frank Skinner Live: Assembly, George Square, Edinburgh, 2019
One of Britain’s favourite comics, Frank Skinner returned to stand-up with a work-in-progress show at the Bill Murray pub in London for Angel Comedy in December 2018. One of the most easy-going and confident performers I have ever seen, Skinner makes telling funny stories look easy and often varied from what he planned to say to chat to the audience. As ever he was warm, chatty, self-depreciating with plenty of one-liners and stories about parenthood and ageing.
I went to see Frank Skinner’s new stand-up show Showbiz at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019. At the age of 62, Skinner looking very dapper strolled onto the stage and effortlessly created a brilliant hour of stand-up usually delivered by comedians half his age. The cheekiness in delivery, the very near-the-knuckle routines of the experienced comic shone as he rattled through cutting stories on subjects including middle-age, his bad back and fatherhood. With his trademark charm, having not performed stand-up for a while and about to embark on a new tour Showbiz, Skinner proved he is one of the greats, a first-class act and a brilliant comedian.