11:20am Thursday 10th April 2014
OLDBURY boy-done-good Frank Skinner will be splitting sides during a three night run at Birmingham's Symphony Hall later this month.
The comedian is taking his Man in a Suit tour on the road after a sold out run at the Soho Theatre in October last year.
The former Moat Farm Infant School, St Hubert's Roman Catholic Junior School and Oldbury Technical Secondary School pupil is enjoying a career renaissance after hitting the heights of stardom in the 1990s and 2000s.
His popular Absolute Radio show won a Sony Award, he is the host of BBC 1's Room 101 and he has been commissioned to present a new Radio 4 show called The Rest Is History.
However, Frank, real name Christopher Collins, is returning to his first love - a stand up comedy tour - the first since 2007.
He caught the comedy bug in the mid-80s when he gave up a lecturing job at Halesowen College to follow his dream in 1987.
Within four years he had won the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Perrier Award which opened the door to massive success including his own TV show and co-penning Football's Coming Home for Euro 96.
And the 54-year-old, who became a dad for the first time two years ago, explained his comedy has changed as the years have passed.
"It reflects changes, stand up should reflect who you are, and I've changed.
"When I started I was obviously that kind of gobby, laddish type, full of dirty jokes – and I'm not saying I don't do dirty jokes any more, but I've changed."
He added: "A lot of it has been to do with the breakfast radio show, sitting there for three hours – I couldn't do anything really rude.
"So the adult comedy I do is hopefully a wee bit grown-up, idiosyncratic. I love being able to talk about anything."
Frank Skinner is at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Tuesday, April until Thursday, April 24, for tickets visit www.thsh.co.uk or phone 0121 780 3333.
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