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Frank Skinner's bostin' Black Country night out on tour - review

By Megan Archer | Wolverhampton | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Poking fun at the Wolves' Portuguese contingent, the Black Country accent and Dudley Zoo, comedy legend Frank Skinner enjoyed bringing his latest tour home.

Frank Skinner

The 62-year-old comedian was back in the Black Country at Aldersley Leisure Village, in Wolverhampton, to entertain a sold out crowd for his latest tour Showbiz.

Kicking off the evening, the Baggies fan revealed the breaking news that the country would see another general election in December.

He said: “I might vote for Brexit on the off chance they might send the Portuguese home. That would f*** the Wolves up!

“They’ve done very well, you can imagine how happy that’s made me."

He added: "I quite like Nuno though. He’s done well for a homeless guy. You can tell in interviews he's hoping his sleeping bag is still there when he gets back.”

Frank, who was born in Sandwell, had the audience in stitches with anecdotes about growing up in Oldbury and Smethwick, turning down the chance to star in Strictly Come Dancing, and the joys of having a seven-year-old son.

He also poked fun at the fact he was performing in Aldersley Leisure Village, saying: "It's lovely to be here. But sorry to the people who could not play their usual badminton on a Tuesday night."

Comedian and Albion fan Frank Skinner at a recent match at The Hawthorns (Credit: AMA)

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Frank added: "I was offered Strictly but my partner persuaded me to go on an all-lads weekend in Amsterdam.

"She thought there would be less temptation. I'd just be the old one anyway, the one everyone laughs at, dressed as a huge grouse and dancing to George Ezra's 'Shotgun'.

"They don't do the right dances anyway, they don't do the people's dances.

"When I meet my old mates in Oldbury we don't talk about when we used to do the Paso Doble. We did the YMCA.

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"When I was living in Oldbury and Smethwick way, I used to go into Birmingham. Our big dance was the conga. It was the centre of our social life. I once had to get a bus back to where we started the conga."

Frank will be touring across the UK and Ireland until early 2020 and nearly all venues have been sold out.

But he was clearly overjoyed to be back in his Black Country home for one night.

Putting on his thickest Black Country accent, he said: "When I talk in Black Country, people think I'm having a stroke."

Chatting about some of the region's best known attractions, the former Room 101 presenter asked: "Is Dudley Zoo still going?

"It’s been a while. Aren’t there eight animals there? That could have been done in a Vauxhall Astra - a mobile zoo."

He even gave a quick shout out to his home town newspaper: "I was reading the Express & Star tonight and it said a steak house in Penn was opening after a refurbishment, thus creating five new jobs.

"Wolverhampton must be struggling if that's a headline. Why would a refurbishment create five new jobs? Is it The Jackson 5?"

Frank will be returning to the Midlands for another sold out gig at Birmingham Symphony Hall on November 8.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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