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I knew I was drinking too much when I had to be put out at a party. I don’t mean I was asked to leave. My jacket was on fire

Born in London and raised in Dublin, Sean Hughes was a celebrated comedian. He delivered some of the finest alternative comedy of the 1990s and 2000s, with his ability to weave a narrative into jokes leading some people to describe him as the inventor of the modern stand-up set.

Beginning his career in stand-up in his early twenties, he went on to become the youngest winner of the Perrier Comedy Award. He was just 24 years old.

He starred in his own television comedy series, Sean's Show, which was nominated for a British Comedy award.

He also loved music, and his role as team captain on the popular music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks was a logical next step. It was for this that he became most well-known, a household name for younger fans of comedy.

Sean Hughes wasn't only a comedian. He wrote two novels and a collection of poetry. He also acted in television and on stage. But it is his skill as a comic performer that most will remember him for.