Like many of you, we're still reeling from the rather shocking news that comedian and author Sean Hughes has passed away at the tragically young age of 51.
Hughes was one of the pioneers of the current wave of Irish comics dominating the scene, from his seminal Channel 4 series Sean's Show to his lengthy stint as team captain on the BBC's Never Mind The Buzzcocks and, more recently, RTÉ Radio 1's Don't Quote Me, as well as being a novelist of considerable talent - not to mention a fine actor, a compelling podcaster and occasional musician.
Sean Hughes has died, one of the must gifted comedians, he allowed me to publish this poem last year to raise money for homelessness 💙 pic.twitter.com/dRUAU0RtSj— Kerrie O' Brien (@kerriepoetry) October 16, 2017
A proper tribute will come in due course. Right now, however, let's remind ourselves of the man's amiable comedic brilliance, by way of a standup set he recorded at Dublin's Project Arts Centre in 2016 for RTÉ Radio 1's Comedy Showhouse. Do have a listen, and remember one of the true greats - RIP.
Irish comedy in the 1990s. Linehan and Mathews were Lennon and McCartney to me. D'Unbelievables were the Kinks. But Sean Hughes was Elvis.— Paul Howard (@AkaPaulHoward) October 16, 2017