School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure;
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters
Frank Skinner is one of the biggest names in British comedy. He has enjoyed unrivalled success, both as a phenomenally popular stand-up comic and with his hit TV series, The Frank Skinner Show (ITV1 and BBC1), Fantasy Football (ITV1 and BBC2), and Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned (ITV1).
He has also achieved two number one hits in the UK music charts with the football anthem Three Lions, alongside David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds.
Between 1992 and 1997 Frank sold out four UK tours, the last of which culminated in a performance at Battersea Power Station to what was then the largest ever audience for stand-up comedy in the UK. In 2007 Frank made a triumphant return to stand-up, performing a sell-out 69-date national tour with three sell-out dates at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
His latest book, Frank Skinner on the Road, explores this stand-up comeback; from how an act is put together to the terrors and joys of trying to make a live audience laugh night after night, and the nature of comedy itself.
Frank can be heard on Absolute Radio every Saturday morning from 8 until 10am. Frank Skinner’s Credit Crunch Cabaret resumes in October in the West End, after a two-week run at the Edinburgh Festival, and Frank Skinner – The Ultimate Collection will be released this autumn on DVD.