English comedian Sean Lock-best known for appearing oin the Channel 4 show 8 out of 10 cats-died after battling cancer. He was 58 years old. His agent said The Guardian that he died at home, “surrounded by his family”.
Lock’s TV career began with Rob Newman and David Baddiel’s TV series Newman and Baddiel in pieces in 1993; he also joined the comics on tour as a supporting actor. He scripted Bill Baileyseries Is this Bill Bailey? in 1998 and got his own show on BBC Radio 4 15 minutes of misery the same year, until 1999. The radio show was transformed into a television series called 15 stories high in 2002, which lasted for two seasons.
But fans mostly recognize Lock as team captain during a famous panel. 8 out of 10 cats, holding the title of team captain from season 1 to season 18. He has also appeared on other blockbuster shows like Never mind the Buzzcocks, QI, Would i lie to you?, and Big Fat Quiz of the Year. In addition, he hosted the Channel 4 show TV heaven, TV hell, from 2006 to 2007, where comics and celebrities discussed TV moments. Besides his television work, Lock has had an acclaimed career as a stand-up comedian. It won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Comic in 2000 and was nominated for a Perrier Comedy Award.
In a statement to The Guardian, the comedian’s longtime friend and collaborator Bill Bailey told the publication Lock was “as brilliantly funny off and on stage” and their conversations would leave him “helpless to laugh.” He also says that in a writer’s room, Lock “made you come up with a better joke, a new line, the sweet spot of a perfect gag.” Bailey too tweeted a tribute to Lock, writing: “It’s heartbreaking to lose my dearest friend Sean Lock, he was a true original, a wonderful comic. All my thoughts are with his family.
8 out of 10 cats host Jimmy Carr also paid tribute to the late comedian, tweeter, “Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I liked it. I’m watching clips of him right now–laugh and cry. I will miss him so much.