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Sean’s show – only now it’s the generation game
Published 10/03/14

IRISH comedian Sean Hughes is bringing his show Penguins to the KentonTheatre in Henley.

Sean – best known for his long stint as team captain on the BBC2 quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks – will appear at the theatre on Sunday, March 23.

He is touring his show following a successful run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

With intelligence and an endearing candour, Sean, 48, takes us back to his Dublin childhood and the awkwardness of his teenage years, telling stories about his family, school days, friendships and much more.

He told the Henley Standard: “There’s lots of surprises. It’s not like here’s the old tales of Dublin.

“A lot of it’s to do with about being 14, when your body changes and you go through puberty.”

He said it would be a show of two halves, the first focusing on the generational gap he sees between those over the age of 29 and under 29 and the second on “going through puberty, trying to fall in love and going to the school disco when you’re 17.

“I can only ever write about what I know. I’m very much aware that I want the show to be uplifting.

“I want to take people on a journey. I’m always doing about seven different things on stage at the same time.

“It’s just intelligent comedy. You’ll walk out of the show having had a really great night but you’ll come out thinking about a couple of things.

“It’s a two-hour show. No matter how good a comedian you are you’re not going to have two hours of stand-up material.”

The first five minutes of the show would be about stories in the local newspaper and he said: “I find them extremely endearing and beautiful in their own right.”

He added: “My demographic are middle-aged people. When you have 14-year-olds that makes the night even more electric because I talk so much about age. Fifteen and up is fine. I swear like an Irish person, but never with any malice.”

Sean is one of the best-known stars of the UK comedy scene, thanks to his wry wit, hilarious observations and, at times, dark take on life, love and the universe in general.

As well as Buzzcocks, audiences will recognise Hughes from his own TV show Sean’s Show (Channel 4) and appearances in The Last Detective (ITV1) and Coronation Street (ITV1).

He has hosted his own show on BBC Radio 6 Music, appeared in Alan Parker’s movie The Commitments, starred in the film adaptation of Spike Milligan’s Puckoon and – unlikely as it may seem – performed in the West End in As You Like It with Sienna Miller. Sean was the youngest ever winner of the coveted Perrier Award and he has won a Fringe First for his short plays Dehydrated and Travellin’ Light.

Tickets for Penguins are available by visiting www.kentontheatre.co.uk or by calling (01491) 575698.

PUBLISHED 10/03/14

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