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Buzz of fatherhood for comic Frank

Comedian Frank Skinner is feeling the buzz of fatherhood for the first time after his girlfriend gave birth to their son, he said.

The 55-year-old broadcaster shared the happy news with listeners of his Absolute Radio show, saying of the 9lb baby: "He's going to be so funny when he grows up."

His son, born this week after an "exciting 5am drive across London" with partner Cath Mason in the advanced stages of labour, has been named Buzz Cody.

Explaining the choice of names, Skinner said: "Now I know celebrity types get condemned for giving their babies unusual names.

"So this is the name that I went for. He's called Buzz B-U-Z-Z. If you're my age, obviously he's after Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon. For you youngsters listening, yes, it's that puppet from Toy Story."

He added that he had met the astronaut, saying: "Buzz was definitely interesting - I interviewed Buzz once and he was brilliant.

"When he walked on stage I actually said to him: 'Careful, there's just one small step'. He took it very well, I must say.

"His second name is Cody, as in Buffalo Bill Cody, the greatest showman of all time, so I've worked out his career.

"I looked at him, I don't know if many dads do this, but I looked at him, and you know you're supposed to say: 'Oh he's so blah-blah'. I said: 'Oh God, he's going to be so funny when he grows up'."

Skinner announced the news after playing the Johnny Mathis classic When A Child is Born on his show before saying: "Yes, I am a father."

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