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Frank Skinner on the Road

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Stand-up comic and cult TV series star Frank Skinner’s hilarious first novel combines wild fantasy with sudden bumps down to earth, in his unique style of outrageous sex comedy.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Century (first published October 2nd 2008)
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Dave Turner
Feb 25, 2010 Dave Turner rated it it was ok
Frank Skinner is a man I very much admire, I love his stand-up shows & his autobiography is one of the funniest books I've ever read, a real treat.

But this book seems to be a different story, it has none of the charm or humour of his first book. It is simply an diary of his return to stand-up comedy after a 10 year absence, but like most diarys it doesn't make for particulary exciting reading and while the writers self doubt and constant questioning of his comedy is humble, it eventually bec
Christopher Wilson
Jan 03, 2016 Christopher Wilson rated it really liked it
I always enjoy plumbing the depths of the stand up comedian's mind set. They are often intensely under confident, nervous of their ability and angst ridden. This under side illuminated against their onstage personas I find to be incredible. Frank Skinner is no exception, he's an erudite, introverted deep thinker with a flip side cheeky, affable charismatic persona. I loved reading this book, his thought processes, his methods, his problems and worries and triumphs and failures. Plus there are a ...more
Nov 21, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
I originally mistyped this up as "Frank Sinner"- quite appropriate really! Clearly a tortured Catholic, who enjoys the torture, Skinner reveals toe-curling episodes for laughs that often had me thinking "Too much detail, Frank"! The banana girl - I wonder if she'll ever get 'round to reading this? The words "tortured comic" kind of summed this book up and I struggled with the endless naval gazing and analysis of what makes something funny. Not thinking about it too much might be a start.
Jan 26, 2013 Bookthesp1 rated it it was amazing
This account of Skinners return to stand up comedy after a 10 year break in 2007 belies the idea that comedy cannot be analysed. Indeed Skinner uses a journal/diary format to riff effortlessly about the nature of (his) comedy; the stand up tour of the country itself and his genuine love for his tempestuous partner Cath (of the manga eyes) along with myriad other observations; anecdotes and excerpts from his finely honed and scored routines as they evolved over the tour. Skinner can really write ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
As open and honest (and frank, let’s just get that pun out of the way right now) as his autobiography was, this details Frank Skinner’s return to stand-up after a break of 10 years. He’s blunt in what has led him to this point - he’s not on TV anymore, his chat show died, the second series of his sit-com wasn’t even shown (a fact he revels in telling) - and realises that people think he’s past it (something that seems to be confirmed with a cringe-making appearance on a TV quiz show). So he deci ...more
Tim Corke
Whenever you see Frank Skinner on the telly he is full of a confidence and assuredness that makes him very watchable and entertaining.

On The Road tracks Franks as he returns to the front line of stand up comedy where he plied his trade before reaching the dizzy heights of TV and as is so often said of similar books, is an open and honest one at that!

Confidence and morale are low and anxiously a large tour, Edinburgh Festival and ongoing relationship challenges confront him deadon and this book
Jun 19, 2012 Pj rated it really liked it
Do you know what I really liked about Frank Skinner: On the Road ? His reflections on his Catholic faith. The dirty jokes you'd expect from Skinner are there. The insight into the comic performers world promised by the book's summary is there. But there is every so often a few pages of him thinking and contemplating the religious realm. In most books by comedians you find yourself waiting for more jokes and classic bits. But here, I found myself really enjoying the quite moments in between. I g ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Voracious rated it it was amazing
Oh, I do like Frank. I'm glad I missed most of his "laddish" years, because it might have put me off him a bit. The discussion of Catholicism in this book is wonderful. It's funny to read this account of a tour in what, 2007? because I know so much about what's happened to him since. I'm wanting to shout "get your money out of AIG, you idiot!" and tell him he's making the right decision to be with Cath.

This book made me happy the same way Frank's podcast does, but at a deeper, more honest level
Jan 14, 2012 Mira rated it really liked it
This is an introspective book that analyses stand-up to within an inch of its life in a very charming and intelligent way.

I'm not sure that the Fantasy Football crowd will enjoy the philosophical speculations as much as I did, but never fear, there are plenty of cock jokes.

I found myself making a list of books to pick up, or ideas to Google cos Frank supplies a glut of interesting stories as he meanders through his thoughts.

I preferred this to his other autobiography.
Leona Sheehy
Nov 05, 2010 Leona Sheehy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feel-good
When a review says 'laugh out loud funny' it invariably isn't. But this book has some very funny moments (look out for the 'banana' incident). Like his previous autobiography Frank is truthful and willing to share with us very personal aspects of his life and we can't help but live this book with him - from his insecurities to his self-percieved failings in his stand-up career. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Michael Madden
Apr 26, 2012 Michael Madden rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
I read this thinking it might be as funny as Frank's autobiography. It wasn't but it was still a good read, charting the author's return to stand up. There were some good one liners and some humorous situations, but the book really exposed the fragile psyche of the stand up comedian, an occupation that most of us would associate with confident performers. Look forward to more from Mr Skinner.
May 24, 2015 Tracey added it
Shelves: biog
Frank Skinner has almost everything I want in a man: he's from Birmingham, he's funny, intelligent, well-read, shows moments of generosity and tenderness and is absolutely filthy! Like the man, this book has it all!"
Nov 29, 2011 Edmole rated it really liked it
A great read, written by a very bright man who loves his subjects (himself, stand up comedy) while also knowing just what's wrong with them.
May 25, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it
Nice insight into Frank's comedy diary, witty throughout and entertaining.
Mar 26, 2013 Madelaine rated it liked it
Love frank but sometimes felt a bit bored. Ok overall
Dec 04, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it
Funny, awkward, very open - can Frank go back to doing standup after the easy life of TV ?
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“Anyway, my writer gang: they kind of did their comedy apprenticeship with me and, during that period, when they were young and impressionable, I think I infected them with my pun virus. They grew to enjoy puns, think puns, just as much as me. The problem is people don't really like puns any more, so I worry I've rendered the poor fuckers virtually unemployable.” 1 likes
“I walked back into the bedroom and, after all that, I actually was surprised. She lay on the bed, her hands nonchalantly behind her head, with the banana between her legs. Only half of it was alfresco. It was if we'd had sex and then, before heading for the bathroom, I'd bookmarked her vagina so as not to lose my place.” 1 likes
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