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6 Aug 2009

In this new volume of memoirs, Frank Skinner describes his experience of going back on the road doing stand-up again, after many years spent working mainly on television. His adventures on tour are by turns funny and moving as he meditates on growing older, the terrors and joys of trying to make a live audience laugh night after night and on the nature of comedy itself.

For the first time we read a comedian's account, in his own words, of how his act is put together; his return to a world of dark little clubs and the strange encounters he has there. But what is perhaps most startling and original about Frank Skinner's writing is his honesty nbout not only the highs and lows of his career, but more intimate and personal issues - male sexuality and matters of the heart.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099458039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099458036
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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" (Esquire)

"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" (Chortle)

"Quite possibly the best book about stand-up ever written" (GQ)

"A minor masterpiece" (The Guardian)

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'Quite possibly the best book about stand-up ever written' GQ

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think you'll find anything better.. 10 Nov 2009
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Fluently written, insightful and very, very funny. I read the 'banana' story in public and (genuinely) had someone come up to me and ask what I was reading, as I was laughing so much.

Note: I recommended this book to an intelligent, pretty & witty female acquantance, thinking it would (a) curry favour and (b) give her an insight into the strange workings of the male mind, and...since reading it she looks at me, er, differently...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the second book Frank! 11 Nov 2008
I read Frank's autobiography last year and loved it so was excited to find out he had a second one coming out. Really interesting read, following him on tour, and finding out about how he makes people (including me!)laugh. I've got the new DVD too which he talks about in this book! Both ace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't avoid THIS review Frank! 26 Nov 2010
By Barmee
Frank says (wisely) that he tries to avoid reviews and revues.

I'll keep this review short - I loved this book from the moment I started it. It is an easy read (written mostly as a tour diary during 2007) ... but that is not to suggest that it is anything other than a thoroughly entertaining piece of work.

You are engaged from the very first lines (as he takes his 'Harry Potter' trip from Kings Cross to the Edinburgh Festival) and are forced to turn the pages as if the book were a good (and amusing) thriller. Frank can be both incredibly funny and then suddenly places his heart on his sleeve so that you feel his pain as he tries to decide if/why his show was good or bad.

You learn many things about Frank that you'd probably never have known from simply watching 'Frank the performer' (he's the UK's 69th most influential lay Catholic - who'd have suspected THAT?!) and as a result of these fearless revelations you find yourself warming to him very much.

A funny and honest man with a real heart. Read this book - it is every bit as good as his first one.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Insight into Skinner's world 24 Aug 2009
By J. P. Ellison VINE VOICE
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I picked up this book on a recommendation, not as a fan of Frank Skinner. I don't mind the man. He's very quick, well suited to panel shows, and certainly a natural comedian - but he also comes across as a little bit chauvinistic, and a little bit cheesy. A comedian for the 'Loaded' generation, if you like - his words. On the Road' did a good job at dispelling some of those notions, and Skinner comes across as honest, likeable and incredibly self-deprecating.

The book follows Frank's return to the circuit, following a year in his life developing a routine, putting it into shape at Edinburgh, and finally touring the country with a full set. There's a great deal of insight into Skinner's many neuroses, a fair amount of comedy-misery to wallow in, and a lot to laugh and groan at.

I will be picking up Frank Skinner's autobiography next, which is testament to this book. Well written, interesting, and a nice round window into the world of stand-up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Revealing 8 Dec 2009
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I read Skinner's autobiography a few years ago because someone loaned it to me, rather than because I deliberately went out to buy it. I had always found watching him mildly amusing, but not really my cup of tea. The book on the other hand, was fascinating. He writes fluently and with great self perception. He also managed to be entertaining throughout, which is not always a given in a life story. Consequently I was very curious to read this next chapter, as Skinner chronicles his return to the stand up circuit ten years after last treading the boards.

In many ways I found it more revealing than the first volume. Skinner lays bare many of his less appealing traits, his neuroses, his self-obsession, his diva'ish qualities, his shaky track record with relationships and is brutally honest about his failings. I cannot imagine the book was easy to write. For me there were less laugh out loud moments in this book, but I enjoyed it more because it seemed more real. It is what makes him tick.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I teach joke writing and I always recommend this book to my students because it gives such a good idea of how an act is built. I love it that Skinner gets to the town he's gigging in early, looks at their local paper, and works on jokes. So many people think stand-up comedy is just `making it up'. Skinner shows what it's really like in a way that won't put anyone off doing comedy but might inspire them onward. It's not only hilariously honest (yes, blokey, but real, with heart underneath) but It's a lovely read too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A journey on tour with Frank Skinner 28 Jun 2014
By Gill
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A really interesting insight into the ponderings of Frank Skinner. Honest, sometimes very near the knuckle (and possibly out the other side!), deep and reflective. It's a story of him reaching maturity in his personal life (eventually!) and his faith set around a long tour of the UK. Well written and easy to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Dissapointing 9 May 2014
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Read Franks first book over ten years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, went to see him live in the man in a suit tour, outstanding, funny from beginning to end, read his first book again and enjoyed it all over again.
Decided to see if he had any other books so bought this one, what a struggle to read, unlike his first book which had all his favourite stories and childhood memories this one follows him on a stand-up tour, all you get is his insecurities and fear of bad reviews, every days thoughts or analysis of his gigs are dragged out with very little humour or interest to the reader. I have gotten half way through and given up, this is a rarity for me as if there is any merit in a book I will persevere but this was too tedious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frank and I holiday again.
A very funny and interesting insight into the mind of a working stand up. Professional and personal insecurities offset by religious belief,lead to very personal and honest... Read more
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Published 3 months ago by GARY SCHOLES
5.0 out of 5 stars This gets you into his head, if not his pants.
A fascinating insight into comedy and specifically the mind of a comedian. Frank really exposes himself here (it's a pity he never reads reviews. He'd appreciate that). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best.
Better than Frank Skinner, and rightly so! Much shorter than the other, with more happening as well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ethan Jas. Das.
5.0 out of 5 stars Skinner's a winner
Love this guys jokes he must be one of this countries best stand up comics
buy it or see him in concert as soon as possible
Published 12 months ago by DENI
2.0 out of 5 stars A let down
Not as good as his first book. I like Frank a lot, but this book was disappointing. I got bored and couldn't finish it
Published 17 months ago by Bazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Skinner is Frank- comedy, confessional and a cracking read
This account of Skinners return to stand up comedy after a 10 year break in 2007 belies the idea that comedy cannot be analysed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DN PERKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up from Andy Williams
Saw Frank in Dundee having blagged a comp ticket as thanks for showing him around the Beano Office. Enjoyed the show and even more so the book.
Published 18 months ago by Euan Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Road - a great read, and not by Jack Kerouac!
This book charts Frank Skinner's return to stand-up after a decade's absence from the live stage. However, it is far more than your average collection of diary entries - it gives a... Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by Bookworm Baggie
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
Buy Frank skinner the biography instead, for someone so funny this is just boring. Gave up half way through. Very repetitive for me.
Published on 3 April 2012 by Alan Ferguson
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