We are devastated upon hearing the news of Sean Hughes’s passing.
He passed away last night at the age of 51. He had been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and died in London’s Whittington Hospital.
Sean was voted by his peers as one of the top 40 comedians ever: the youngest winner of the Perrier Award; star of Sean’s Show (Ch4) and Ireland’s first stand up star.
The comedian was born in London but grew up in Firhouse, Dublin.
Sean spent his life making people laugh the all over the world. In 1990 he was the youngest ever comedian to win the prestigious Perrier award back in 1990
Here is a clip of Sean Hughes rocking the Olympia back in 1990, the same year he won the Perrier award.
After that he rose to fame with his own sitcom Sean’s Show. He spent a long stint for which he is probably best known as team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
As well as continuing his career as a comedian he also has a few acting credits under his belt. These include his role as a record producer in 1991 movie The Commitments. He has also made appearances on ITV’s The Last Detective and Coronation Street
We had the pleasure of working with Sean the last two years for RTE Radio One’s Comedy Showhouse. He hosted the panel show Don’t Quote Me and also had his own one man stand up show. You can watch a full episode of Don’t Quote Me.
Listen to the podcast below of his one man show at Comedy Showhouse. It explores his birth in London; early years in Ireland; his relationship with his family and the joys of turning 50.
He will be sorely missed.
Just scrolling through twitter we can see how loved and admired Sean was.
So sad to hear of Sean Hughes death. He was the first comic I ever saw live. A very funny man. Awful news.
— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) October 16, 2017
Sad news. RIP Sean Hughes, aged 51. Great comedian. pic.twitter.com/3sc3zWzVdQ
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) October 16, 2017
Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Started on the circuit with him back in the day. RIP.
— Jack Dee (@TheRealJackDee) October 16, 2017
Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP.
— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) October 16, 2017
Seàn Hughes has died and I'm fucking heartbroken. So funny on stage, so infuriating to know and so sad he's gone. #RIPSeanHughes
— Jarlath Regan (@Jarlath) October 16, 2017