Frank Skinner - By Frank Skinner
Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens.
Born Chris Collins in 1957, he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16 Frank held various jobs later going on to gain an MA in English Literature.
Nurturing a serious drink problem from the age of fourteen, Frank eventually turned to Catholicism in 1987 and hasn't had a drink since. He performed his first stand up gig in December 1987. His first television appearance in 1988 met with fits of laughter from the audience and 131 complaints, including one from cabinet minister Edwina Currie.
Winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Skinner's comedy is a unique mixture of laddish and philosophical humour which has won him the prime time ITV chat show - The Frank Skinner Show. Here, for the first time, Frank candidly tells us of the highs and lows of his fascinating life and career.
First published: Thursday 2nd May 2002
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