Sean Lock (born 22 April 1963) is an English comedian and actor. He began his comedy career as a stand-up comedian, won the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic, and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award.
22 April 1963|
Chertsey, Surrey, England
Lock is well known for his appearances on television and radio. He has written material for 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 possibly 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 up to 2015, and on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown since 2012. His comedy frequently features deadpan delivery.
Personal life and careerEdit
Lock attended St John the Baptist School, Woking, Surrey. Before becoming a comedian, he was a labourer on building sites. During this time, he developed skin cancer. He also worked a series of odd jobs including three months as a goatherd for a hippie in the mountains of central France.
Lock's early television work included a supporting role alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel in the 1993 series Newman and Baddiel in Pieces including touring with them as their support act. Lock credits Frank Skinner and Eddie Izzard as major influences on his comedy.
15 Minutes of Misery and 15 Storeys HighEdit
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.
In spring 2006, he hosted his own entertainment show on Channel 4 called TV Heaven, Telly Hell. Lock narrated 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. He was also a celebrity guest in The Last Leg. 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. In 2011, Sean Lock took over from John Sergeant as the host of the Dave comedy panel show, Argumental.
|Live||17 November 2008||Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo|
|Lockipedia Live||22 November 2010|
|Purple Van Man (Live 2013)||18 November 2013|
|Keep It Light - Live||20 November 2017||Live at Margate's Theater Royal|
- "A word with comedian Sean Lock". The Courier. 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- Whelan, Edward (19 March 2010). "In Profile: Sean Lock". The Skinny. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
- "Comedy – People A-Z – Sean Lock". BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 25 June 2010
- "Comedian Sean Lock's one night stand saves his life". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- Catherine Jones. "Entertainment – ECHO Entertainment News – Comedian Sean Lock heads for the Southport Comedy Week". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- Lockipedia Live (2010 stand-up show)
- "Evict Rogue Landlords (video)". Shelter. Retrieved 30 March 2011.