Sean Lock

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Sean Lock
Sean lock the hexagon 08.jpg
Sean Lock at The Hexagon, Reading, 2008.
Born (1963-04-22) 22 April 1963 (age 50)
Chertsey, Surrey, England[1]
Medium
Nationality British
Years active 1993–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Notable works and roles
Website Official website
British Comedy Awards
Best Live Stand-up
2000

Sean Lock (born 22 April 1963)[1] is an English comedian and actor. He began his comedy career as a stand-up comedian. He won the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic, and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award.

Lock is also well known for his appearances on television and radio. He has written material for such comics as Bill Bailey, Lee Evans and Mark Lamarr and was voted the 55th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007 and again in the updated 2010 list as the 19th greatest stand-up comic. He is probably best known for his role as a team captain on Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats since it began in 2005.

Early life and career[edit]

He attended St John the Baptist Secondary School, Woking, Surrey. Prior to becoming a comedian, he was a labourer[2] on building sites.[3] During this time, he developed skin cancer.[4]

Lock's early television work included a supporting role alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel in the 1993 series Newman and Baddiel in Pieces. He toured with the duo as their support act and, as a result, became the first comedian to perform at Wembley Arena. Newman and Baddiel were widely promoted as being the first comedians to have performed at Wembley but, in his capacity as their warm-up, Lock technically takes this honour. However, Lock has conceded the honour to the duo on several occasions, including on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends. Lock credits Frank Skinner and Eddie Izzard as major influences on his comedy.

In June 2012, during an interview with Richard Herring for one of Herring's podcasts,[5] David Baddiel commented on the notion that Lock was the first comedian to play Wembley, calling it "bollocks" and stating that Lock was part of sketches that broke up the show, implying that he didn't actually perform a warm-up set at Wembley.

In 1995, Lock played an escaped murderer in an episode of The World of Lee Evans, alongside Lee Evans and Phil Daniels.

15 Minutes of Misery and 15 Storeys High[edit]

Lock made regular appearances on various radio panel shows, script-edited for Bill Bailey's 1998 BBC2 series, Is It Bill Bailey? and had his own show on BBC Radio, 15 Minutes of Misery.

As the title suggested, these shows filled a 15-minute time-slot and also featured Kevin Eldon and Hattie Hayridge. The premise involved Lock eavesdropping on his neighbours in his South London tower block (all played by Lock, Eldon and Hayridge) using a bugging device fitted by his plumber, "Hot Bob" (Eldon), which was known as "The Bugger King" (and had "nothing to do with meat or sex").

15 Minutes of Misery lasted for one series of six programmes in late 1998 and early 1999, and would later be expanded into the half-hour series 15 Storeys High. From ostensibly the same tower block, Lock's character was now given a flatmate (the hapless Errol) and a job at the local swimming baths, as well as a somewhat dour and intolerant demeanour.

The bugging device was no longer used, but the antics of Lock's neighbours still featured heavily in the show. The plots for this series were more linear in a "traditional" sitcom style, although they still showed Lock's brand of dark, surreal humour.

15 Storeys High would transfer to television after two radio series, with Lock's character renamed 'Vince', for a further two series in 2002 and 2004.

Other work[edit]

Lock wrote the screenplay for Andrew Kötting's 2001 feature film This Filthy Earth, based on the novel La Terre by Émile Zola.

In 2004, Lock had a guest appearance in television's first ever "dope opera", Top Buzzer, written by Johnny Vaughan. In 2005 he became a regular team captain on the panel game 8 Out of 10 Cats.

In spring 2006, he hosted his own entertainment show on Channel 4 called TV Heaven, Telly Hell. Lock narrated for the BBC production World Cup Goals Galore in 2006. In 2008 he appeared on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, on a team with James Corden. Lock has also appeared on many popular British TV panel shows including Have I Got News for You, QI and They Think It's All Over. Lock became "The Curator" for the second radio series of The Museum of Curiosity, in 2009, taking over from Bill Bailey. During an interview on This Morning in 2013, Lock announced he would now only appear on 8 Out of 10 Cats, as he felt he had become typecast for appearing on panel shows, joking that people had started approaching him in the street asking "Are you Dave?"

In 2010, Lock took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena. He has also appeared in a spoof video produced by Shelter, the housing charity, to highlight the problem of rogue landlords.[6] In 2011, Sean Lock took over from John Sergeant as the host of Dave comedy panel show, Argumental.

Before going into comedy Lock drifted through a series of odd jobs including six weeks spent as a goatherd for a hippie in the mountains of central France.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lock lives in Lewes, East Sussex, with his partner Anouska and their three children — two daughters and a son. He is a fan of Chelsea football club.[8] He is a former Catholic and an atheist.[9]

Stand-Up DVDs[edit]

Title Released Notes
Live 17 November 2008 Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Lockipedia Live 22 November 2010 Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Purple Van Man 18 November 2013 Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A word with comedian Sean Lock" The Courier (27 October 2010)
  2. ^ "Comedy – People A-Z – Sean Lock". BBC. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 25 June 2010
  4. ^ "Comedian Sean Lock's one night stand saves his life". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  5. ^ "David Baddiel on Richard Herring's Podcast". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Evict Rogue Landlords (video)". Shelter. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  7. ^ Catherine Jones. "Entertainment - ECHO Entertainment News - Comedian Sean Lock heads for the Southport Comedy Week". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  8. ^ aletta10 wrote: (2009-02-09). "How We Met: Johnny Vaughan & Sean Lock – Profiles, People". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  9. ^ Lockipedia Live (2010 stand-up show)

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