London’s Eventim Apollo has paid tribute to Sean Lock by changing its main sign.
The venue, formerly known as the Hammersmith Apollo, changed its front sign to ‘RIP Sean Lock’ after the comedian’s death.
Lock held numerous stand-up concerts at the venue, including Sean Lock: Lockipedia in 2010 and his 2013 tour Purple Van Man where he performed for three consecutive nights.
Lock died of cancer at the age of 58, and was best known for his appearances in 8 out of 10 cats, cleave 8 out of 10 cats count downand for sitcom 15 stories high.
RIP Sean Lock 🖤 pic.twitter.com/LlDtDFTSkA
– Eventim Apollo (@EventimApollo) August 18, 2021
A statement from his agent Off The Curb Productions read: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock.
“He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family. Sean was one of Britain’s greatest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning-fast wit and the absurd brilliance of his work marked him as a unique voice in British comedy.
“Sean was also a loving husband and father of three children. Sean will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We kindly request that the privacy of your family and children be respected at this difficult time. “
I idolized Sean as a comedian long before I became a comedian and ten years working alongside him didn’t diminish that in the least. An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice. pic.twitter.com/4ZH8HRQrIU
– Jon Richardson (@RonJichardson) August 18, 2021
its 8 out of 10 cats Since then, the co-stars have paid tribute, including Jimmy Carr and Jon Richardson, who described him as “an incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice.”
Channel 4 has changed its scheduled programming for Thursday (August 19) to celebrate the comedian, with Sean Lock: Keep It Light will air at 10pm and a classic episode of 8 out of 10 cats count down to continue at 11 pm.