Feeling out of this world! Frank Skinner, 55, becomes father for first time to baby Buzz Cody
12:17 GMT, 26 May 2012
Comedian Frank Skinner is celebrating after becoming a father for the first time at the age of 55.
The TV presenter's girlfriend Cath Mason, 43, gave birth to their son Buzz Cody earlier this week.
Ecstatic Skinner announced the arrival of the 9lbs tot on his Absolute Radio Show this morning.
Baby joy: Frank Skinner and his partner Cath Mason are first time parents to a baby boy called Buzz Cody
He told his listeners Buzz was born following an 'exciting 5am drive across London' with comedy agent Mason in the advanced stages of labour.
Skinner admitted he had named their son after American astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
He said: 'Now I know celebrity types get condemned for giving their babies unusual names.
Tribute: Their baby is named after American astronaut Buzz Aldrin
'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.'
Skinner admitted he once interviewed Aldrin – the second man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 landing in 1969.
He explained: '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 praised staff at the maternity ward at the London hospital where Buzz was born.
He continued: 'The great thing about maternity hospitals is that everybody is incredibly used to maternity, whereas obviously when you're in as an individual, especially for your first one, it's a massively life-changing thing.
'Cath was already in mighty labour when we arrived. We had the exciting five o'clock drive across London with me very worried about her and slightly worried about the upholstery.
Fun: The couple in fancy dress at Jonathan Ross's Hallowe'en party in October 2010
'I'm just glad he's out and he's well and his mother is okay and all that.'
Skinner announced the news after playing Johnny Mathis's song When A Child is Born, declaring: 'Yes, I am a father.'
Skinner revealed his long-term partner Mason was expecting on his radio show in January.
The couple started dating in 2003 when she was a receptionist at his management company.
He was previously engaged to radio DJ Caroline Ferady before he called it off, and in 2003 he dumped West End showgirl Dannette McLaughlin a month before her 30th birthday.
Inspiration: The baby's middle name comes from William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody