Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
Simon B Cotter
Snorri Hergill Kristjansson
Special guest who cannot be named
Stephen K Amos
Steve N Allen
Female role models
From Live At The Apollo
More Sean Lock videos
|Female role models|
|Bag For Life|
|Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow|
|Smoking and the pub|
|What time is it?|
|On novelty ties|
|On the environment|
15 Storeys High on Radio 4
|Stand Up: 2003:
|Stand Up: 2002:
Edinburgh show: Sean Lock
|Stand Up: 2000:
British Comedy Award winner for best live stand-up
British Comedy Award
|Stand Up: 2000:
|Stand Up: 1994:
Edinburgh show Rock, which he co-wrote and performed with Bill Bailey.
|Audio / CD: 2003:
Sean Lock Live. Buy on CD
Buy on CD
Sean Lock: Purple Van Man
Sean Lock has built an enviable reputation on scatterbrained ideas he hasnít thought through properly, firing off the sort of mad philosophies a barfly might come up with seven hours into an all-day session. Itís a creatively cock-eyed way of thinking, which leads him to ideas that are as hilarious as they are fanciful.
But the lack of rigour that he celebrates can also, sometimes, percolate through to his comedy; and there are several routines in his meaninglessly-titled tour Purple Van Man which peter out with a pffft, as he loses sight of where punchlines are needed. Such indulgences are quickly forgiven, however, just as soon as he blindsides the audience with the next original and quirky image from his off-kilter imagination.
When heís addressing the sort of dilemmas that arise from sozzled conversation, he has an unshakeable conviction that heís right. He absolutely knows whether it would be better to share a sleeping bag with Ronnie Wood or Jeremy Vine, for example, and has a thesis to back it up.
Yet when it comes to explaining the world to his children, such certainties evaporate, and heís left to far-fetched lies to explain the likes of gravity or Velcro. Not that such a lack of practical knowledge stops him from coming up with business ideas, which arenít always as hare-brained as they might first appear.
Of course, no bar-stool philosopher would be complete without a political agenda, and Lock has some impeccably cutting remarks our ruling elite, including an exquisite insult for Ed Miliband. He has some left-wing tendencies, as most comics tend to, but when it comes to crime and punishment, heíd admits to being a little to the right of Hitler, or even Michael Gove.
However he comes unstuck in a too-long routine about Chinese manufacturing dominance and sweat-shop labour that leaves you longing for a return to his surreal forte Ė such as the single defining routine of the show, about a badly-designed centaur, which he brings brilliantly, and extravagantly, to life in the most unexpected of ways.
When it comes to his own quixotic manifesto, set out with the repetition of the phrase ĎI want to live in a world where...í, itís hard to dispute the principles of his utopia, however impractical. This is observational comedy with a dash of the absurd, thatís still easy to identify with.
Lockís gift is that you never quite know where heís going to go, either in topics or approach, one minute pondering why the meerkat insurance ads arenít racist, the next suggesting ideas for super-niche radio stations, the next praising the carefree drunk young women that newspapers would have you believe a sign of broken Britain.
One subject he does return to is the sexualisation of pop. Having so effectively mocked Madonnaís aggressive eroticism in his previous show, here itís Rihanna whoís the example of raunch over talent.
An encore in which he decodes how ballet moves tell a story, complete with far too many clumsy leaps around the stage, seems to entertain him more than the audience; but heís earned it from the gems he liberally sprinkled throughout the previous two hours.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 1st May, '13|
Review by Steve Bennett
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Went to see him in Carlisle last night. The show was dire. He failed to raise a laugh in the first half and as his nerves took over he fluffed his lines and developed a uneasy laugh. Almost felt sorry for him then remember I'd forked out £80 for four of us to see him. We, along with many others, left at half time.
I agree with the last few comments, like him on the TV but saw him in Salford last December and his stand-up was rubbish. Material wasn't great, but the delivery was worse because he looked like he really couldn't be bothered. My wife still can't get her head round the "finale" and the Joker outfit. Died on his arse just about fits it!
I went to see Sean last year and honestly felt ripped off! His jokes seemed very old, and he didn't look like his heart was in it. There was also a bizzare bit at the end of his show where he ripped off his suit to reveal a Lycra catsuit (very unforgiving!) which I'm guessing was to be his saving grace as he probably realised that the show was sloppily written, and not well performed either. The catsuit did not do its job of saving his arse...he died on it!
I went to see him at the Leeds City Varieties and felt that his act was really dated and his jokes were lame. It seemed that he was scared to push the boundaries and played it way too safe, unlike Jimmy Carr who I saw the previous night and found his act hilarious. Maybe Sean should take some stand-up advice from the legendary host of 8 out of 10 cats.
Went to see him last night was highly disappointed, love him on 8 out of 10 Cats but his stand up was poor and seemed very dated, most laugh felt forced.
Was terrific at Cheltenham Town Hall the other night. Much more likeable than - for some strange reason - I expected him to be. must see, if you get the chance.
I love him on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, he makes ordinary things funny
A very funny man, I like the way he sees the world. 15 Storeys High is excellent, quality and class. Check it out - oh, and get your roots - you look like a badger.
Sean Lock: Lockipedia Live
Channel 4's Comedy Gala
Sean Lock Live
15 Storeys High. Series 1 and 2
8 Out of 10 Cats: Claws Out
'All the bits too rude for TV'
The Stonewall Gala
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Sean Lock 
Stand Up For Animals
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Sean Lock & Friends At The Fringe
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Sean Lock: Lockipedia [Edinburgh 2010]
Misc live shows
Carlsberg Comedy Carnival 2009
Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2011
Secret Policeman's Ball 2008
Sean Lock Live
Sean Lock: Lockipedia
Sean Lock: Purple Van Man