Over the course of the last ten years, Frank Skinner has toured sell-out stand-up shows, hosted countless TV shows and an award-winning radio programme, written two well-received volumes of memoir, as well as recording a couple of pop songs and learning to play the ukulele. He has been a busy man.Yet, for the last two years, he has also managed to squeeze in a weekly columOver the course of the last ten years, Frank Skinner has toured sell-out stand-up shows, hosted countless TV shows and an award-winning radio programme, written two well-received volumes of memoir, as well as recording a couple of pop songs and learning to play the ukulele. He has been a busy man.Yet, for the last two years, he has also managed to squeeze in a weekly column for The Times. Without fail, he sat down every week and wracked his brain to think of something to write 900 words about. Dispatches From the Sofa is the brilliant result.Alighting on such random topics as the potential demise of Margaret Thatcher, the love-hate relationship with your football club, Mike Read's musical of Oscar Wilde, fat pop stars, Serbian breakfast banter, the pleasures of air-guitar, the banking crisis and the evil phenomenon of Jedward, this is a thought-provoking, wide-reaching, hilarious and self-deprecating collection - which also includes the first two chapters from his unpublished novel - from one of our funniest, quickest and most beloved comedians....
|Title||:||Dispatches From the Sofa: The Collected Wisdom of Frank Skinner|
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Dispatches From the Sofa: The Collected Wisdom of Frank Skinner Reviews
This is a collection of columns Frank did for a newspaper and you can tell that the format must have frustrated him. A lot of the time you feel he is desperate to slip a knob gag in, so to speak, but feels that it might undermine the point that he is trying to make. Then, when he tries to write something serious about, say, Shakespeare, as a reader you are thinking "Come on Frank, slip a knob gag in". The limited amount of words that clearly needed to have been adhered to imposes further constraints. Mind you, when he's off and rambling about his relationship with God you're rather glad of it. The problem is, for me, it's quite difficult to take Frank at his word. Like Jeremy Clarkson, you often find yourself thinking, "That's a really good point, but as it's coming from you, I can't take it seriously." Comedians seem often to be such serious blokes, troubled, deep and meaningful, but they've chosen a career that makes them seem lightweight, frivolous and meaningless. Worse, they know it. But what are they to do? Poke more fun at themselves?Frank might be pleased, in the end, to read that I think this is perfect toilet reading, as no doubt he's spent many of a reflective hour sitting atop, or clinging on to, the throne. This collection is an easy diversion, best read in short bursts.
A bedside book of short articles that Frank wrote for the Times newspaper some years ago. Ideal for dipping into now and again, not always agreeing with and slightly dated, but very chucklesome.
Pure entertainment. Very honest, very witty and a very easy read. Even if you don't agree with everything FS says, it's still great fun to read.
I enjoyed the pieces in this book - witty, clever word play and showing the author as a profound moral thinker. Wasn't quite so sure about the two chapters of an unfinished novel... Perhaps a bit too clever. My head was hurting by the end of chapter two and I wasn't anxious for a third
I love Frank but this book (which is a collection of newspaper articles, Clarkson style) just does not do the fella justice at all.Struggled to finish it as it was pretty boring and many of the articles were very similar.
Consistently funny and often insightful. The only problem is that a lot of the essays were topical and were already somewhat out of date by the time it was published.
Ok. Funny in places but not enough considering it's by Frank Skinner. Some nice opinion pieces and surprisingly well written and thought out.
An interesting read with a number of very thought-provoking ideas.