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  • Published: 15 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099458036
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

Frank Skinner on the Road

Love, Stand-up Comedy and The Queen Of The Night

Frank Skinner's brilliantly funny first novel combines wild fantasy with sudden bumps down to earth and throughout Skinner's unique style of outrageous sex comedy.

Reality? Listen my friend. I'm a fifty-year-old man in a black catsuit. I've got hairy ears, I'm held together by scar tissue and, to this day, I carry a severe bladder-infection caused by one of the Venom Master's germ darts. Don't talk to me about reality. I piss reality every morning.'

Thus speaks Thunderman, tired of trying to live a comic book life in a very real world. Can Geoff Phillips get him back on the mean streets where he made his glorious name, of has the hero's recently acquired, sugarcoated celebrity lifestyle un-warriored him forever?

If Geoff can't resurrect his hero, who will save the nation from the Lottery-fuelled lunacy and twisted religious fervour of the Reverend Chaos and his band of surprisingly sensitive desperadoes?

Thunderman and Geoff Phillips is a book about heroes and hero-worship, about beef jerky and the Bible, about the sound a head makes when it's bashed against a brick wall, about the electric beauty of dwarf girls

'Thunderman... who had the courage to tell the well-intentioned would-be liberal reformers why, sometimes you needed an iron fist in a socially conscientious glove; who championed addict help centres and literacy programmes but could still sleep easy, forty minutes after throwing a paedophile off a skyscraper.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099458036
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner performed his first stand-up gig in December 1987, and four years later went on to win the prestigious Perrier Award. During the 1990s Frank established himself as a major name in entertainment - both in live comedy and on television. In 1994 and 1997 he sold-out two UK tours, the second of which culminated in a performance at London's Battersea Power Station - what was then the largest ever audience for stand-up comedy in the UK. On television, Frank has created and starred in a succession of hit comedy shows, including nine series of The Frank Skinner Show from 1995 to 2005; and with his comedy partner David Baddiel, Fantasy Football (1994 - 2004), and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (2000 - 2005).

As well as live stand-up and television, Frank has attained three number one hits with the iconic football anthem 'Three Lions' alongside David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds. He has starred in the West End in both Art and Lee Hall's Cooking with Elvis; and his critically acclaimed first book Frank Skinner was the bestselling autobiography of 2002, spending a total of 46 weeks in the Sunday Times bestsellers' list. In 2006 Baddiel and Skinner's World Cup podcasts caused an online sensation with over one million downloads leading to yet another number one chart hit.

In 2007 Frank Skinner returned to stand-up with another sell-out tour of the UK.

Frank currently divides his time between London and Birmingham - and, of course, his beloved West Brom.

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Praise for Frank Skinner on the Road

“I cannot recall a book that so entertainingly lays bare the neediness, self-consciousness and weirdness of the professional comic's life. His one-liners are immaculate, too.”

Daily Telegraph

“Skinner is insightful, erudite and, naturally, funny when dissecting the craft of writing and performing successful stand-up comedy.”


“He manages to provide a fascinating insight into the world, and the insecure mind, of a stand-up comedian ... This is a real, honest account of life on the road. And you can't expect more from a tour diary than that.”


“Quite possibly the best book about stand-up ever written.”


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