Sean Lock

Sean Lock's so good, he even makes observational comedy seem cool and cutting-edge. Although he does have some unusual ideas about starfish…

Sean Lock

Sean Lock might look a little bit like he'd be well at home in the history section of a library (for people reading this in a few years' time, a library is where they used to keep these things called books), but he's actually got a comic wit that's quicker than your nan when she spots a sale on underwear at M&S. Frightening.

Although he specialises in observational stand-up, Sean's a far cry from the likes of Michael McIntyre. He's definitely not a nicey nice comedian, and it's all too easy to frustrate him. Crazy golf for example – not quite the happy little Sunday afternoon putt about when Sean is around. To be honest, it doesn't quite provide the "mayhem" he's led to expect by a game that calls itself crazy golf. In fact, the sheer lack of crazy in a typical game of crazy golf could well lead him to bash a pig to death with a hammer.

But, aside from all of the weird animal bashing, Sean's quite the writer, penning quite a few jokes for the likes of Lee Evans and Bill Bailey. He was also voted the 19th greatest stand-up comic by Channel 4 in 2010. Which is not so low down on the list to make him feel ashamed, but not so high up that he'd necessarily want it mentioned on, say, a fairly short profile on the Dave website. Er, sorry Sean.

While Sean may often resemble a sort of malevolent accountant, he actually used to be a labourer. But pretty soon he was leaving the bricks, hard hats and mugs of milky tea to one side to perform comedy. And how's this for a fact nugget: remember when Newman and Baddiel staked their place in history by becoming the first comics to perform at Wembley Arena, thus ushering in the era of comedy being "the new rock 'n' roll"? Well, Sean Lock actually beat them to it, as he was supporting them at the time. So there.

Sean originally found a smidgen of fame on the radio show 15 Minutes of Misery, which later became the telly series 15 Storeys High – one of the most underrated sitcoms of the Noughties. The story of a grumpy, acid-tongued hermit in a tower block, it was perhaps a little too dark and offbeat for mainstream success, but helped establish Sean as an unfeasibly talented bloke.

He's since graced the Apollo stage, as well as being a regular visitor on top comedy game show panels including Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats. It's no wonder really – he's got a fair bit to say. Especially when it comes to extremely niche porn. Why, for example, is there so little demand for starfish porn? It's a very good question, and has led Sean to also ponder the relative absence of "busty foster mums" on Google. As well as flu sex. You know, "people with the flu, feeling pretty ill, having sex". Let's hope he goes to Dragons' Den with that idea – they'd stump up the investment for that, pronto.

One of the most endearing things about Sean is that he basically can't stand most things. Which is a trait we admire in any comedian. He particularly can't stand lovable, lovely things. Like the time when a group of kids were shown putting on a theatrical performance on the Big Fat Quiz of the Year – as everyone else awwed and clapped, Sean piped up with: "I thought they were shit. If I was their drama teacher I'd be absolutely ashamed." The fact that Davina McCall booed him only confirmed our adoration is well placed. Keep it up, Sean.

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