Frank Skinner

Dispatches From the Sofa
  • Dispatches From the Sofa

  • A collection of Frank Skinner's most brilliant, biting, gut-bustingly funny columns for The Times.

    For several years, legendary comedian Frank Skinner wrote a weekly column for The Times. Without fail, he sat down and wracked his brain to think of something to write 900 words about, frequently giving up and writing about football instead. Dispatches from the Sofa is the brilliant result.

    Pondering such random topics as the potential demise of Margaret Thatcher, the love-hate relationship with your football club, the banking crisis and the evil phenomenon of Jedward, this is wit and wisdom, and a fine sense of the absurd, all rolled into one.

Born in January 1957 Frank Skinner grew up in Oldbury and Smethwick in the West Midlands. After various jobs, he performed his first stand up gig in December 1987 and went on to win the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He often works with his best friend and fellow comedian, David Baddiel; they hosted the incredibly popular Fantasy Football League TV programme and comedy chat show Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. Together they penned the lyrics for the 1996 English football anthem, 'Three Lions', performed by The Lightening Seeds. Frank is the host of his eponymous and highly popular TV comedy chat show, Frank Skinner's Opinionated.