Stars paid tribute to Sean following the news of his death (Picture: Steve Meddle/Channel4)
It has been announced that Sean Lock, best-known as one of the team captains on 8 Out of 10 Cats, has died at the age of 58.
In a statement released by his agent Off The Kerb Productions, it said that the comedian died from cancer 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,’ the statement said.
Throughout his illustrious career, Sean was known for his deadpan humour, amusing viewers on 8 Out of 10 Cats, its spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and as one of the creators of the sitcom 15 Storeys High.
Following the news of his death, fans of the comedian have been remembering some of his funniest moments on TV, having left his co-stars and viewers alike in hysterics with his antics.
Here are some of Sean’s funniest TV moments and jokes from his career.
When Sean played a ridiculously long horn on the set of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, everyone in the studio was understandably taken aback.
The horn stretched all the way from Sean’s desk to Jimmy, blowing straight into the TV host’s face
‘I think we can all agree, that’s a terrible noise,’ Jimmy Carr said, as Sean continued to play.
Thanks to Sean for bringing some musical joy to Countdown.
His views on children’s acting
After watching a children’s play during Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Sean made some harsh remarks about children acting, after a group of schoolchildren re-enacted a current affairs story in a play.
Following a round of applause for the young actors, Sean remarked: ‘I thought they were s**t.
‘Really bad. If I was their drama teacher I’d be absolutely ashamed. I’d throw myself in the canal. That’s some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen!’ he exclaimed.
Hey, it’s always good to teach kids about the value of honesty.
Carrot in a box
Sean’s feud with Jon Richardson on 8 Out of 10 Cats was well-documented throughout the show.
It came to a head over their competition over a carrot in a box – leaving Jimmy in fits of laughter.
After Sean joked that the peculiar game was ‘ruining Christmas’, he was given the chance to look inside his box, the aim of the game being to finish with the carrot.
Initially, Sean made out that he had the carrot in his box, prompting Jon to switch boxes with him.
However, Sean’s clever bluff paid off as it was revealed that Jon had the carrot all along.
Outlook on life
The glass half empty or half full is a common proverbial phrase, which can determine if someone is generally an optimist or a pessimist.
However, Sean had a unique perspective on the saying.
‘Some people say the glass is half empty or the glass is half full, but for me thats irrelevant, because I’m having another drink,’ he once said.
Sean’s humour knows no bounds
When Sean made a joke about clubbing seals, even he knew that this time, he’d gone too far.
Mocking Jon Richardson
Sean never missed a chance to take the mick out of Jon, with one of the instances being when Jon remarked that when he was single, he didn’t like that at weddings, he was ‘sat on the table with all the other freaking single people’.
‘They are not single people, Jon. They are children,’ Sean responded.
Potential on Strictly
‘I’m not sure what my biggest fear is. It’s either me saying yes to Strictly… or them saying no,’ he once said.
Michael Jackson impression
Of all the impressions of Michael Jackson that are out there, Sean’s is definitely extremely most memorable, as he imitate the late singer’s high-pitched tone.
During a TV appearance, Jimmy asked if Sean thinks that ‘British people judge others on their accent’.
‘I judge people long before they’ve opened their mouths,’ Sean candidly responded.
Revealing his cunning side
‘I’d like to be more in tune with other people’s feelings… so I can pinpoint their weaknesses and go for them more effectively when I do,’ the comedian once said.
Calling out Jimmy Carr
Following the tax scandal surrounding Jimmy that emerged in 2012, Sean took the opportunity on 8 Out of 10 Cats to call it out directly.
During the very first round of the show, titled ‘What Are You Talking About?’, Sean said: ‘We all like to put a bit of money away for a rainy day don’t we? But I think you’re more prepared than Noah.’
Sean’s spit remark
During an episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, somehow, conversation turned to Sean telling a guest that he wouldn’t spit on them during sex.
Leaving Jimmy in hysterics and requiring multiple make-up touch ups, the joke will never be forgotten.
The daily routine
While many TV viewers often wonder what celebrities get up to behind closed doors, Sean once offered a fascinating insight into his life.
When asked by Jimmy what a ‘normal day in the life of Sean Lock’ would look like, he replied: ‘It’s just eight hours of sleep, six hours of hiding, two hours of regret and apologies, an hour of scratching and then a bit of telly.’
A cutting response
While sharing the screen with fellow comedian Katherine Ryan during a TV appearance, Katherine said: ‘I think I will forgive anything for charisma.’
Sean replied with a cutting response, saying: ‘Hitler was quite charismatic wasn’t he?’Credit: Original article published here.