01 February 2024, The Tablet

Divine comedy

Divine comedy

It’s hard to think of anyone else who has his combination of exquisite technique, complete ­control over the audience and reliably funny content.
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Mark Lawson on Frank Skinner, the Catholic comedian for whom the Bible is a rattling good read.

Frank Skinner has been on stage for around half an hour when he starts a joke with an intro surely unlikely to be heard at any other stand-up event in Britain: “I was at Catholic Mass on Sunday morning …”


At Salisbury Playhouse last week, there was a genteel ripple of surprise, but you suspect the comedian has experienced a stronger pushback beyond Wiltshire because his next line was: “Get over it!”

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