The famous British comedian, Sean Lock, has died of cancer at the age of 58 years.
His agent, Off the Kerb Productions, confirming the news of his death said: “Lock died at home surrounded by his family.
“Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy. Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him.”
Lock, who was born in Woking, Surrey, left school in the early 1980s and began working on building sites. Thereafter, he developed skin cancer as a result of overexposure to the sun.
After a period of travelling, which remained one of his great passions, he started his career in comedy.
His first professional TV appearance was in 1993, where he starred alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel on their TV show ‘Newman and Baddiel in Pieces’.
In 1998, Lock script-edited the BBC Two series ‘Is It Bill Bailey?’, and from there had his own show on BBC Radio 4 – ’15 Minutes of Misery’.
The show was later expanded into 15 Storeys High, and was set in a south London tower block which centred on a pessimistic lifeguard called Vince, played by Lock, and his flatmate Errol, played by Benedict Wong.
Lock was a regular team captain in 2005 on ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, a role he held for 18 series.
Between the year 2006 and 2007, he hosted the Channel 4 series -TV Heaven and Telly Hell, where celebrities were invited to share their own selection of TV’s triumphs and tragedies.
Lock also appeared on panel shows like ‘Have I Got News for You’, QI and ‘They Think It’s All Over’. Also, in 2000 he won the laurel for best standup at the British Comedy awards.
Meanwhile, friends, colleagues and fans have paid their tributes to lock:-
Harry Hill said: “If you tell jokes for a living it’s hard to enjoy a comedian in the same way that a punter would, because you know all the tricks, you can see where a gag is going and often arrive at the punchline long before the comic telling it. Not so with Sean, that’s why we comics loved him. Often I had absolutely no idea where he was heading with a routine.”
Bill Bailey expressed: “Lock was as “brilliantly funny” off the stage as on, and that their daft conversations would leave him “helpless with laughter”. Bailey described him as a kind and generous man who was rigorous in his approach to writing comedy. In a writers’ room, said Bailey, Lock “spurred you on to find a better joke, a new line, the sweet spot of a perfect gag”. When the results worked, Lock would let out a “great gale of laughter.”
Lee Mack, also paid tribute to Lock: “I think the appeal of him as a viewer was that it felt like you were with your mate down the pub and he was making you laugh. I was one of the lucky few that was that mate down the pub and he was making me laugh. A lot. More than almost anyone I’ve ever known.
“Lock could talk about putting a budgie up his bum and yet levitate it into a hilarious artform.”
Diane Morgan wrote: “Lock was one of “the funniest people I’ve ever met” and described the 15 Storeys High show as “absolute genius”.”