Frank Skinner opens up about his long battle with pneumonia

Frank Skinner opens up about his long battle with pneumonia

The stand-up comedian and TV presenter has provided audiences with many reasons to laugh over the years, but now, Frank Skinner has given us reason to worry after revealing details of his frightening battle with pneumonia.

The 61-year-old opened up about his illness on his Absolute Radio show on Saturday and admitted he felt so ill he couldn't even read or watch TV for four days while staying in a hotel in Inverness in Scotland. He even resorted to taking nine pills in the morning and more later in the day to try to improve his health.

He said: "I had four days of not being able to read, just in bed, staring at darkness. Then I felt well enough to watch the telly.

"I missed three shows or something. I had pneumonia for God's sake. I did. I haven't had any banter for weeks, I have barely spoken.

"There was a point where I was having nine pills in one go.

"I realised it actually works a bit like elevenses, it is like a snack, takes the edge off your appetite.

"Nine in the morning and some more later on."

The Room 101 host was "terrified" he may not be "funny anymore" when he recovered.

Speaking on his The Frank Skinner Show he added: "I went to the hospital and there was an older woman looking at me, very posh, she said to me 'I know you, your programme is 1021'.

"I didn't have the breath to correct her. There was enough bleakness in the waiting room.

"I did worry I might come out of pneumonia and not be funny anymore. It's terrifying."