Latitude review: Sean Lock

Sean Lock.

Sean Lock. - Credit: PA

Channel Four's Eight Out of Ten Cats has made Sean Lock a household name in the comedy world and in Latitude's Comedy Arena he lived up to his reputation.

Blunt, rude and with an act full of classic gags, Lock entertained a packed-out crowd earlier this evening.

Fans were treated to stories of how he once had a job writing horoscopes for The Big Issue, his dislike of Geordie TV hosts Ant and Dec and comparing getting drunk and ending up with a hangover to being the same as a moth flying repeatedly into a light bulb.

He also struck a chord with many of the parents in the audience when revealing he had brought his three children with him, thinking how much of a 'cool' parent he was. There were plenty of knowing laughs from the audience when he groaned at what a mistake it had been.

However, overall Lock's routine seemed to lack a bit of spark and there were times when some of his jokes didn't provoke all-round laughter.

Lock found solace in celebrity TV show Strictly Come Dancing, saying: 'If you don't like my jokes than the next you'll hear of me will be Bruce Forsythe saying, next we have Sean and Natalya dancing the pasodoble.'

Perhaps it was a late-afternoon lull on a very hot day but the audience didn't seem to respond to Lock in quite the way I expected.

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There was still plenty of good laughs to be enjoyed though.

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