Ref NoBSUCA/JP/1/2/32
CollectionJohn Pidgeon Collection
TitleSean Lock interviewed for 'Talking Comedy'
Name of creatorPidgeon, John, 1947-2016
Datend [2002]
Duration1 hr. 17 min. 59 sec.
Extent1 sound cassette (DAT 95)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format
DescriptionSean Lock interviewed by John Pidgeon for 'Talking Comedy', a BBC Radio 2 programme in which comedians talk about the people that make them laugh. This is the unedited interview, not the programme as broadcast.
John Pidgeon and Sean Lock talking [01:28] Interview [02:11] Sean Lock talks about earliest memories of comedians. Morecambe & Wise and Tommy Cooper. Benny Hill. [03:44] Jasper Carrott, folk circuit. Wheeltappers and Shunters Club. Bobby Ball, Cannon & Ball, [04:36] Jasper Carrott ‘Funky Moped’ [05:45] Les Dawson. [06:38] John Pidgeon compares Jasper Carrott to Billy Connolly [08:24] John Pidgeon mentions Richard Digance being on bills with Steve Martin in 1978.
[11:10] Les Dawson and Benny Hill. [13:29] Blankety Blank, Lily Savage light-entertainment disgust rather than Jerry Sadowitz, Lenny Bruce anger. [13:55] Lenny Bruce [15:45] Sean Lock discusses the idea that Mort Sahl influenced Lenny Bruce. [16:24] Lenny Bruce’s Lone Ranger routine. [17:13] Bill Hicks. [17:49] Lenny Bruce voices and the Father Flotsky character. [19:11] Mark Lamarr. [19:47] when Julie Birchill criticised Jack Kerouac. [20:13] John Pidgeon talks about how half dozen interviewees mention Lenny Bruce but how more mention Bill Hicks [20:50] Lenny Bruce’s Unexpurgated Routines book.
[23:21] Sean Lock discusses how people are influenced by American comedians, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Robin Williams. [24:11] Steven Wright [25:19] Vic [Reeves] & Bob [Mortimer].
[27:46] Kenneth Williams. [28:34] Just a Minute on the radio. [29:15] Hylda Baker, impressions of Hylda Baker. [29:49] Sitcom with Arthur Mullard, Yus My Dear. [30:40] Dustin Gee impression of Hylda Baker.
[31:28] Alexei Sayle. [32:14] The Young Ones. [33:50] Hugh Thomas allegedly wrote one of Alexei Sayle’s routines. [35:00] The WOW Show. Paul Merton. [36:44] Jerry Sadowitz. Red Rose Club Finsbury Park. [39:04] Ivor Dembina [39:41] Anecdote about Jerry Sadowtiz at The Comedy Store. [40:57] Comparing Sam Kinison to Jerry Sadowitz.
[42:52] Lee Cornes, non-sequiturs, may have inspired Harry Hill. [46:17] The WOW Show, with Steve Frost, Mark Arden, Paul Mark Elliott, and Lee Cornes. [47:35] Double-act as a foursome, discusses the cliché of Jimmy Tarbuck & Kenny Lynch routine. [49:47] Pidgeon says TV executives would’ve thought the WOW Show was a shambles, Sean Lock discusses a show he did with Bill Bailey called Rock which similarly wasn’t slick
[51:07] Johnny Vegas. [51:40] Mark Lamarr was a fan of Johnny Vegas. [55:17] Gilded Balloon Edinburgh, Johnny Vegas shuts down a heckler anecdote.
[56:14] they go through various (very faint) clips. [56:50] Jasper Carrott clip [57:12] Discussion. [58:09] Steve Wright (?) clip [58:51] Discussion [01:02:37] References to American products like the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, like the James Last of 1950s America. [01:04:13] Alexei Sayle discussion.
[01:10:07] “Hello I’m Sean Lock” recording takes. [01:16:59] recording stops
NotesLPCM wave 16 bit 44.1kHz. Digital Audio Tape (DAT) captured using a Mac running MacOS; SPDIF connection via RME PCI card. Digitisation engineer Adrian Finn, Greatbear analogue & digital media ltd. Digital file topped and tailed.
CategoryAudio recordings
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