Comedy: Gig Of The Week - Frank Skinner
Saturday 10 April 1999
Frank Skinner is never going to dazzle people with his in-depth analysis of British foreign policy in the Balkans. "My audiences expect football and sex - with some good reason," he laughs. "If you start wanting to be seen as subtle and clever, you're on the slippery slope to writing a novel - mentioning no names," he adds hastily. There's a Skinner in every boozer in the land: chirpy, cheeky, and very, very crude. His is "all the blokes down the pub" humour writ large: Skinner's great skill is to turn every member of the audience into David Baddiel - his laddish best mate. So though now one of Britain's biggest comedians, he - paradoxically - appears to remain just like us. Tonight he tops a bill which features Rob Rouse, Jenny Eclair and "a very special guest".
The Talk of London, Parker Street, London WC2 (0171-771 2000) Tue
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