In a brilliant tribute to the late comedy legend, Channel 4 has unveiled The Sean Lock Comedy Award, honouring the comedic genius that was Sean Lock. The prestigious award aims to recognise emerging talents in the world of comedy who embody the irreverent spirit that made Sean and Channel 4 a match made in comedy heaven.
With a whopping £5,000 prize money, this award promises to kickstart the career of the deserving winner, providing them with unparalleled opportunities in the world of TV comedy. The lucky recipient will secure a script commission from Channel 4’s comedy team and enjoy the privilege of writer shadowing on the network’s wildly popular comedy entertainment shows. And that’s not all…they will bag an additional £1,000 commission to write a script for Channel 4’s digital strand, ensuring their comedic prowess reaches audiences far and wide. Talk about a comedy jackpot!
Sean Lock, a comedic powerhouse, conquered the realms of stand-up, sitcoms and panel shows. From his side-splitting creation, ’15 Storeys High,’ to his uproarious appearances on ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,’ Sean had an unparalleled ability to find humour in the everyday. He was adored by fellow comedians and fans, leaving an indelible mark on the comedy landscape. His razor-sharp wit and his unique perspective on life made him a true comedy maverick. Sean epitomises the Channel 4 ethos, always delivering meaningful and accessible humour with a twist.
Channel 4 has collaborated with esteemed live comedy venues and promoters across the UK to shortlist a group of exceptionally talented finalists. These rising stars of the comedy circuit have impressed audiences with their wit and charm, now preparing to take their comedic brilliance to new heights in the world of writing and performing.
Hold your sides, folks! The finalists, including the uproariously funny Alex Bertulis-Fernandes, the rib-tickling Mamoun Elagab, and the hilariously talented Kyrah Gray, among others, will perform live at a comedy extravaganza this week. Brace yourselves for an evening filled with laughter and unrivalled comedic talent.
The recipient of The Sean Lock Comedy Award will be unveiled soon, as they embark on a journey to fulfil their comedy dreams. Each finalist will also have the opportunity to meet with a Channel 4 comedy commissioner for invaluable mentoring and guidance.
Charlie Perkins, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, expressed his excitement for this groundbreaking award, fusing scripted, entertainment and digital genres. The shortlisted comedians have an incredible opportunity to follow in Sean’s illustrious footsteps, making us all proud with their unique brand of comic brilliance.
In honour of the man himself, let’s take a moment to remember Sean Lock’s unmatched hilarity with a couple of his classic jokes:
- “I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down!”
- “I went to the doctor and said, ‘I keep thinking I’m a dog.’ The doctor replied, ‘How long have you felt this way?’ I said, ‘Since I was a puppy!'”
May The Sean Lock Comedy Award ignite new sparks of laughter for us all and pave the way for future comedic greatness in his memory.