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Update 16/4: Following his run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and in advance of his new stand-up tour, Showbiz, Frank Skinner is to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the place where his live career began back in 1987 and where four years later, he took home comedy’s most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award. Now Frank is back, performing at the Gordon Aikman Theatre, (formerly The Assembly George Square Theatre) starting on 31st July until 18th August.  Tickets are on sale this Thursday here.

 

Frank Skinner has announced a nationwide tour this autumn with his new stand up show Showbiz. Since his last tour, Frank’s only live comedy appearances have been with The Man With No Show, which saw him perform an hour of completely improvised stand-up comedy with no material and no set list. Now Frank is back after four years, performing at 44 venues across the UK and Ireland from September 13.  

Skinner confirmed the tour during his non-stop 10-hour radio show on Saturday, which marked the 10 year anniversary of his hugely successful career at Absolute Radio. Frank’s award-winning show, The Frank Skinner Show, attracts over one million listeners per week, has achieved 10 million podcast downloads and saw him inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

Frank Skinner’s live career began in 1987 when he spent £400 of his last £435 booking a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Four years later in 1991 he returned to the city and beat fellow nominees Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to take home comedy’s most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award. Frank’s last live stand-up show, Man In a Suit, sold out its debut run at London’s Soho Theatre and a subsequent five week residency at the Leicester Square Theatre. Frank performed Man In a Suit for 24 consecutive nights at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 and went on to release the show on DVD through Universal Studios UK. 

Away from the stage, Frank’s TV credentials in 2018 included writing and starring as Johnny Cash in Johnny Cash & the Ostrich - a one-off special forming part of the successful Urban Myths series airing on Sky Arts, as well as hosting a seventh series of BBC1’s Room 101. 

As England made their World Cup run last summer, the iconic football anthem Three Lions, written by Frank alongside David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds, topped the singles chart for a fourth separate time - the first time a single has ever reached number one on four separate occasions with the same artist line-up. 

Frank created The Frank Skinner Show (ITV), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak. He hosted three series of Frank Skinner’s Opinionated for BBC Two, and recently presented a one-off documentary, Frank Skinner on Muhammad Ali, for BBC One. In 2014 Frank guest starred in an episode of Doctor Who.  With David Baddiel, Frank created and presented Fantasy Football and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV).

Buy tickets here. Click here for a full list of dates and venues.

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