Sean Lock: ‘One of the funniest men I ever knew’ – comedians lead tributes to 8 Out Of 10 Cats star | Ents & Arts News
Fellow comedians and TV stars have paid tribute to Sean Lock, who has died from cancer aged 58.
Lock, best known for panel shows 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, died at home surrounded by his family, his agent said.
8 Out Of 10 Cats host Jimmy Carr tweeted: “Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying. I’ll miss him so much.”
Brutal news about Sean Lock today.
I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying. I’ll miss him so much.
— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) August 18, 2021
Countdown’s Dictionary Corner star Susie Dent, who also appears on the post-watershed 8 Out Of 10 Cats version, described Lock as an “exceptional man”.
She tweeted: “I wish I had the words to describe the exceptional man that was Sean Lock. But today I don’t, and I think he might have liked it that way.”
I wish I had the words to describe the exceptional man that was Sean Lock. But today I don’t, and I think he might have liked it that way.
— Susie Dent 💙 (@susie_dent) August 18, 2021
David Baddiel called Lock “one of the funniest men I ever knew”, while Jon Richardson, who appeared on panel shows alongside Lock, said comedy had “lost one of the very best”.
He added: “I idolised Sean as a comic long before I became a comedian myself and ten years working alongside him didn’t diminish that in the least.
“An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice.”
Devastated to hear about Sean Lock. He toured with Newman and Baddiel on our last show together. One of the funniest men I ever knew.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) August 18, 2021
Eddie Izzard mourned the loss of Lock by saying: “So sorry to hear this. Farewell Sean, you brought a wonderful comedic talent to the world and you will be missed.”
Comedian Simon Evans called the news “utterly, utterly horrific”.
Just heard that Sean Lock has died. The usual form of words is well known in such circumstances but honestly I can hardly bring myself to write them. This feels too absurd to be true. Utterly, utterly horrific. Like opening the front door to the find that the street has gone.
— simon evans (@TheSimonEvans) August 18, 2021
Sean Lock off stage, sitting telling you a story that will make you laugh so hard it hurts your kidneys, is the best experience anyone can have.
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) August 18, 2021
Scottish stand-up comedian Janey Godley said that being treated to Lock’s humour offstage was “the best experience anyone can have”.