Joke's over: why standups should refresh the tired 'Edinburgh show'
The classic Edinburgh comedy show lasts an hour, with a strong narrative component and an inevitable ‘sad bit’. But this rigid template is stifling creativityThe late Sean Hughes had a reasonable claim to inventing what we now know as the “Edinburgh show”. Before 1990, wannab... [Read More]
Remembering Sean Hughes: ‘The sadness is he didn’t get to be old, just lonely’
Since his death, a complicated picture of the comedian has emerged. We were friends at the height of his fame and I saw his cruelty first hand. Others say that he later changed, before his drinking spiralled out of controlCarl Donnelly was driving on Monday morning when his phone rang. He could not ... [Read More]
Remembering Sean Hughes: ‘The sadness is he didn’t get to be old, just lonely’
Since his death, a complicated picture of the comedian has emerged. We were friends at the height of his fame and I saw his cruelty first hand. Others say that he later changed, before his drinking spiralled out of controlCarl Donnelly was driving on Monday morning when his phone rang. He could not ... [Read More]
Sean Hughes imagines his death: 'I know how boring funerals can be'
In a poem that has been widely shared by fans after his death, the comic thinks of his ashes being scattered in a bar – and getting a mention in the Guardian‘Charming, soulful, a proper comic’: Sean Hughes tributes I want to be cremated Continue reading...... [Read More]
R.I.P. Sean Hughes (1965-2017)
Irish comedian Sean Hughes was only 24 when he won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s top prize for his 1990 showcase, “A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes.” Hughes returned to Edinburgh this past August with friends for an improvised showcase, “Sean Hughes’s Blank Book.&rd... [Read More]
'Charming, soulful, a proper comic': Sean Hughes tributes – and his funniest jokes
By his mid-20s he had scooped the Perrier award and landed his own TV show. But Sean Hughes never wanted to be a stadium standup. Mark Steel and Rhona Cameron pay tribute to a troubled talent – and we pick some of his best gagsSean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51Sparky comedy gadfly in a league ... [Read More]
Farewell to Sean Hughes, sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his own
From the bumbling misadventures of Sean’s Show to the jaunty misanthropy of his later standup material, Hughes – who has died aged 51 – was a master of telling messy truths There were two distinct chapters to Sean Hughes’ career: the comedy prodigy and ubiquitous TV star, the... [Read More]
Farewell to Sean Hughes, sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his own
From the bumbling misadventures of Sean’s Show to the jaunty misanthropy of his later standup material, Hughes – who has died aged 51 – was a master of telling messy truths Mark Steel and Rhona Cameron pay tribute to Sean HughesThere were two distinct chapters to Sean Hughes’... [Read More]
Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51
Hughes, Perrier award winner and team captain on BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, died on Monday morningSean Hughes: sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his ownSean Hughes, the Irish standup comedian, author and actor, has died aged 51, his former agent said. Related: 'I matured very late in li... [Read More]
Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51
Hughes, Perrier award winner and team captain on BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, died on Monday morningSean Hughes: sparky comedy gadfly in a league of his ownSean Hughes, the Irish standup comedian, author and actor, has died aged 51, his former agent said. Related: 'Charming, soulful, a prop... [Read More]