Frank Skinner’s Return to Edinburgh Fringe: 5 Things to Know about ’30 Years of Dirt’ and His Comedy Legacy

Comic legend Frank Skinner is set to make a highly anticipated return to the Edinburgh Fringe with his show “30 Years of Dirt.” Following his critically acclaimed, sell-out national tour “Showbiz” and a successful residency at the West End’s Garrick Theatre, Skinner will be performing every evening at the Assembly George Square – Gordon Aikman Theatre from 3rd-27th August (excluding Wednesdays). Tickets for the show can be found at

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Here are five things to know about Frank Skinner and his illustrious career:

  1. Award-Winning Stand-Up:
    Frank Skinner’s live career took off in 1987 when he invested nearly all his money into booking a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Four years later, in 1991, he won comedy’s most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award, beating fellow nominees Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard. His comedic talent has earned him numerous accolades and widespread recognition as a king of stand-up.
  2. Critically Acclaimed Showbiz:
    Skinner’s previous show, “Showbiz,” received high praise from critics. He demonstrated his fast-thinking, slow-talking instinctual wit, leaving audiences in stitches. With an impressive ability to deliver a continuous stream of hilarious gags, Skinner reaffirmed his position at the top of the comedy tree.
  3. Diverse Creative Ventures:
    Beyond his stand-up career, Frank Skinner has engaged in a variety of creative projects. He hosted the Big Hay Weekend on Sky Arts in 2022 and presented several mini-series, including Skinner and Denise Mina’s Literary Road Trip. Skinner’s poetry podcast and his non-fiction works, “How to Enjoy Poetry” and “A Comedian’s Prayer Book,” have been well-received. His versatility extends to TV, where he wrote, starred in, and hosted shows like “The Frank Skinner Show,” “Room 101,” and various documentaries.
  4. Notable Achievements and Recognition:
    Frank Skinner’s contributions to entertainment have garnered significant recognition. He was appointed an MBE by Princess Anne in April 2023 for his services to the industry. Additionally, his radio show, “The Frank Skinner Show,” attracts millions of listeners each week and has been inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.
  5. Creative Endeavors and Collaborations:
    Skinner’s creativity extends beyond his own work. He has written two autobiographies, with the first becoming the top-selling autobiography of 2002. Skinner’s collaborations include writing and starring in the Johnny Cash & the Ostrich episode of the Urban Myths series. He has also interviewed esteemed guests on his radio show and created and hosted comedy panel shows for BBC Radio 4.

Frank Skinner’s return to the Edinburgh Fringe promises to be a memorable event for comedy enthusiasts. With his wit, charm, and years of experience, Skinner continues to solidify his reputation as one of Britain’s funniest and most accomplished comedians. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness his unique comedic talent during this highly anticipated show.