REVIEW Frank Skinner Guild Hall, Preston

Frank Skinner

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Frank Skinner is a man who has long been at the top table of British comic greats, bursting on the scene in the late 80s and managing to stay in the Premier League since.

Frank Skinner is a man who has long been at the top table of British comic greats, bursting on the scene in the late 80s and managing to stay in the Premier League since.

Host of Room 101 and a successful weekend radio show, he is returning to stand-up comedy after a seven-year break with a tour that kicked off last week and ends in June.

This show in Preston was only the third of his comeback which might explain why it wasn’t the laughathon I had expected.

Skinner isn’t as energetic as he once was, though given he’s three years from turning 60 that’s perhaps understandable. But the first half an hour was excellent.

My particular favourite moment was when he talked about how grey hair is easier for men to deal with than women. He noted: “Women are put into two categories: short grey hair - artistic, vibrant, interesting; long grey hair - 12 cats and mad.”

But as the show went on, at a Guild Hall that, surprisingly, had loads of spare seats, I felt his material got a little weaker and the last portion of the show, very much focused on sex, felt a little laboured for such a successful and confident comic.

Enjoyable, but not the comic masterclass I’d 
anticipated.

STEVE CANAVAN