WHY RELUCTANT TWEETER SEAN IS NOT GOING TO BE SHACKLED ; He hates the internet - an invention he compares to a 'digital bog wall' - but Sean Lock's... [Hull Daily Mail (England)]
(Hull Daily Mail (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WHY RELUCTANT TWEETER SEAN IS NOT GOING TO BE SHACKLED ; He hates the internet - an invention he compares to a 'digital bog wall' - but Sean Lock's stand-up is as wildly varied as the online world, as Will Ramsey finds outCOMEDYCHOICE
Sean Lock has a vision. It is a vision of a Britain where booze is no longer a distraction, or a pleasant way to while away the hours. Instead, it is a Britain where drinking alcohol is every bit as valid as woodworking or making model airplanes. They talk about making darts an Olympic sport, so in the same spirit I want drinking upgraded to a hobby, he tells the Guide. My partner tells me I don't do anything constructive with my spare time but I get really excited about going out for a drink.
It is the sort of excitement that most people who do a hobby would envy.
The comedian - known for his appearances on TV panel shows such as Eight Out Of Ten Cats - has something of a hive mind.
As he speaks, ideas bubble out of him.
So themed shows - something of a staple for stand-ups who want to unburden childhood angst, or explore, for an hour or so, a particular idea - are not for Sean.
Instead - in the gloriously-named Purple Van Man - he simply wants talk about stuff.
The title is a riposte to the idea of White Van Man, supposedly the most opinionated of drivers.
I find the idea that everybody who drives a white van thinks the same is patronising - it is absurd, Sean said.
I thought if someone gathered all my opinions together they'd think, 'I bet he drives a purple van'.
He plucks some thoughts from the show: the growing dominance of China, religion and, as mentioned, boozing.
If he wasn't so technologically averse, you might say it's a sort of one-man internet.
Sean echoed that thought on a previous tour, Lockipedia - a skit on the well-known online encyclopaedia - which gave him the chance to exhibit his sloppy knowledge.
Though he is far from a fan of the online world. I'm particularly not a fan of the mystification of it - that it is creating new paths to learning, he said. That's rubbish. If it is like anything, it is like the stuff caretakers used to wipe off bog walls. The difference now is that it can't be wiped off - it remains forever in some cyber- vault.
The internet is like a digital bog wall.
His disdain is best shown through his Twitter page. Plagued by online imposters, Sean reluctantly set up an official account.
Two years later, it still bears a single Tweet. Unpublishable here, it tells the imposters what they can do with themselves. It seemed the best way to put it all to bed, he said. I never wanted to do Twitter in the first place - I think it is something you become shackled to once you start.
I spend enough time thinking about jokes - it is a 24-hour-a-day job, really - so I don't want to think about tweets.
It also becomes a list of how many followers you've got, which is the type of thing that fuels paranoia, and you suffer from that enough as a performer as it is.
For me, the combination of alcohol and Twitter would be a bad one - I think I could ruin my career with three tweets. So I'm safer out of that one.
Far better, for Sean, is the freedom of the stage. What I like about stand-up is that you talk about anything you want - there are no rules, as long as it is funny, he said.
That last one, though, is quite an important rule.
SEAN LOCK: PURPLE VAN MAN When: Saturday, November 9, 8pm Where: Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull Tickets: Pounds 22 To book: 01482 300300 Visit: www.hullcomedy.co.uk BLUFFER'SGUIDE Starting out: Sean was a labourer on building sites before becoming a stand-up comedian.
Wembley: In 1993, Rob Newman and David Baddiel became the first comedians to headline Wembley Arena. Sean was among the support acts for this historic event.
Scripts: Sean has turned his hand to script-writing - he co- wrote Andrew Kotting's 2001 feature film This Filthy Earth, based on the novel La Terre by French writer Emile Zola.
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