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FRANK SKINNER AND FRIENDS

It was announced today (24th October 2011) that Frank Skinner and Friends - a night of comedy, cabaret and music all on one bill in London’s West End and brought to you by multi-award winning comedian FRANK SKINNER - will commence a two week run from 23rd January 2012.

Each night will feature four different acts. Expect everything from top comedy to swing bands, beatboxing, opera, juggling, and even a little bit of magic, all compered by host FRANK SKINNER. Confirmed acts for Frank Skinner and Friends include everyone from comedians AL MURRAY - THE PUB LANDLORD, MICKY FLANAGAN, RICHARD HERRING, ROISIN CONATY (Best Newcomer, Edinburgh Festival), BRENDON BURNS (Edinburgh Comedy Award winner), ISY SUTTIE, NICK HELM (nominated this year for the Edinburgh Comedy Award), TERRY ALDERTON, ANDY ZALTZMAN, PHIL NICHOL (Edinburgh Comedy Award winner), ALUN COCHRANE and TOM DEACON, to cabaret duo FRISKY & MANNISH, BEARDYMAN, THE MAGNETS and rapper DOC BROWN.

The limited two week run follows the triple-extended sell-out success; Frank Skinner’s Credit Crunch Cabaret, which saw a variety of performances from a host of award-winning acts.


WHAT THE PRESS SAID ABOUT. . .


. . . FRANK SKINNER’S CREDIT CRUNCH CABARET:


“Skinner is the ideal compere for this event: a comic everyman and a great ad-libber.”
Brian Logan, The Guardian

“An ambitious enterprise and the opening night did not disappoint. Skinner was in his element as compere, tack-sharp and topical. . . deserves a financier-sized bonus for his efforts. . . one would have to be clinically depressed not to enjoy an evening like this.”
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard


Frank Skinner and Friends is at the Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane,
every night at 8.00pm from 23rd January until 5th February 2012.


Tickets on general sale from Friday 28th October 2011.
Box Office: 0844 482 5141


For more information please contact: Hannah Wilkinson or Alex Sayer
at Avalon on: 020 7598 7222 or email: hannahw@avalonuk.com or alexs@avalonuk.com


FRANK SKINNER - BIOGRAPHY


FRANK SKINNER is the host of this year’s Sony Award winning Absolute Radio show, whose podcast downloads have gone from 6.5 million to 12.7 million. After a successful second series this spring, his BBC Two show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated returns on 10th November this autumn. Dispatches from the Sofa, a collection of columns FRANK wrote for The Times over a two year period, alongside never before published material, was released on 15th September 2011. FRANK has completed a four-part comedy drama series, Don’t Start, for BBC Radio 4 which is currently on air and a documentary investigating the life of George Formby for BBC Four, to be broadcast 27th October, 9.00pm. As well as the above, this Autumn saw FRANK attend an ‘In Conversation’ event with the Archbishop of Canterbury and finish his one year Presidency of the Samuel Johnson Society.

Last year, Frank made his debut on BBC Radio Three, hosting Christmas Day comedy panel show, The Right Notes in the Wrong Order and reunited with David Baddiel to exclusively present a series of shows for Absolute Radio throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. This series reached number one in the iTunes Top 10 comedy podcasts chart within the first week of its launch and attracted over 3 million downloads in total. Between January 2008 and December 2010 Frank was a weekly columnist for The Times. In 2009 FRANK has most recently authored a Panorama (BBC One) special on taste and decency as well as hosting Have I Got News For You (BBC One) and Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two).

FRANK has written two further books, the first of which was Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner, the top selling autobiography of 2002, spending 46 weeks in ‘The Sunday Times Bestseller List.’ His second book, the Richard & Judy Book Club Award-winning Frank Skinner On The Road, chronicled his 2007, sell-out return to stand-up, a decade after his then record-breaking 6,000-seater gig at Battersea Power Station. FRANK’S previous TV shows include The Frank Skinner Show (ITV 1), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak. With DAVID BADDIEL, FRANK created and presented Fantasy Football and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV 1) while also, alongside the Lightning Seeds, attained three number one hits with the football anthem ‘Three Lions’.


AVALON PROMOTIONS


Avalon Promotions limited is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK, bringing household names and breakthrough comedy acts to stages across the country.

This year alone will see; RUSSELL HOWARD continue extended arena tour Right Here, Right Now, performing to over 240,000 people, including 3 dates at London’s O2; AL MURRAY - THE PUB LANDLORD turn his attention to the needs of his Beautiful British public with the second extension of critically acclaimed national tour Barrel of Fun Extra: Classic Hits and New Bits; DAVE GORMAN take to the road with his hotly anticipated Powerpoint Presentation tour; CHRIS ADDISON’s new 39-date tour The Time is Now, Again; brand new tour Manscaping from Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 winner RUSSELL KANE; breakthrough BBC Three star LEE NELSON with fat legend ‘Omelette’ embark on their Well New Tour!; star of The Inbetweeners and Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 nominee GREG DAVIES continue his extended 93 date tour Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog; JENNY ECLAIR with Old Dog, New Tricks; RICHARD HERRING’s forthcoming tour What is Love, Anyway?; and present some of the UK’s fastest rising talent; Edinburgh Festival Award 2010 nominee GARETH RICHARDS, Chortle Student Comedian of the Year finalist CHRIS RAMSEY, star of BBC Three hit comedy Him and Her JOE WILKINSON, Radio 1 DJ TOM DEACON and Chortle Award ‘Best Headliner’ 2011 nominee CRAIG CAMPBELL.

Avalon Promotions has staged major shows and tours including; NEWMAN & BADDIEL in the first ever comedy show at Wembley Arena; FRANK SKINNER’S record-breaking performance to an audience of 6,000 at the Battersea Power Station; Jerry Springer - The Opera in London’s West End, on national tour and at New York’s Carnegie Hall; HARRY HILL at the Palace and Dominion Theatres in London; DAVE GORMAN’S Googlewhack Adventure at the Sydney Opera House, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, on national tour and at the Village Theatre, New York; Grumpy Old Women Live, which has toured the UK three times and performed a highly successful run in Australia, LAURA SOLON winning the Perrier Award with her debut solo show; and FRANK SKINNER’S Credit Crunch Cabaret - offering recession hit audiences the chance to see acclaimed comedians for just £10.

This year Avalon presents 21 acts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it has promoted a total of 7 Perrier Award/Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and 18 Perrier Award/Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees in just 22 years.