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Review: Banter and charm as Frank Skinner hits middle age

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Comic Frank Skinner

Comic Frank Skinner

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Comic Frank Skinner

The previous time Frank Skinner was in Belfast, he regaled a packed Grand Opera House about the ups and downs of turning 50.

Last night, the West Bromwich-born comic returned, now 57 and on his first tour since that 2007 visit. But if he felt under pressure to make up for lost time, the funnyman wasn't showing it, as he moved surely and steadily through his set.

Slow-burning punchlines and deftly executed puns were the order of the evening, with plenty of audience banter. Subject matter-wise, it was nothing too taxing - arguments with his girlfriend, going grey - but it suited the boyish Brummie's easygoing, conversational style.

Skinner earned the 16-plus rating on the tickets with some coarse language and a few choice Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile gags. But he could be more challenging when he wanted to be, and it's testament to his impish charm that he got off the stage in one piece.

Three stars

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