Comedian Sean Lock says he ‘hates’ Russell Brand and ‘fears’ his daughters ‘will bring someone like that home’ in resurfaced clip
Late British comedian Sean Lock’s reason for ‘hating’ Russell Brand has today resurfaced.
Maverick comic Brand came under fire this weekend after being accused of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013.
The 48-year-old Get Him To The Greek star denies any wrongdoing and insisted his previously relationships were ‘consensual’.
A clip on 8 Out of 10 Cats in 2014 resurfaced following the alleged sex abuse scandal facing Brand, showing Lock joking about the fellow comic on the Channel 4 show.
Lock, who died from cancer in August 2021 aged 58, said he feared his daughters bringing someone like Brand home with them.
Late British comedian Sean Lock’s reason for ‘hating’ Russell Brand has today resurfaced in a clip from 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Maverick comic Russell Brand came under fire this weekend after being accused of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013
‘Probably the reason I hate him so much is because I’m a dad and I’ve got this fear that one day my daughters will bring something like that home,’ he added, as the crowd roared with laughter.
‘And he’ll come in and go ‘oh, oh, such pleasure to be in your charming abode’.’
Lock also had a jab at Brand’s non-fiction book Revolution, which was on sale at the time, telling audiences: ‘In fact, if his book is called revolution then he shouldn’t be out there trying to sell it, he should be encouraging people to steal it.’,
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Lock’s resurfaced clip went viral after appearing on social media again this week, after Brand was accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse.
One Twitter user shared the viral video and tweeted: ‘The genius that was Sean Lock’, whilst another person said: ‘The late, great legend Sean Lock’s (we miss you every single day) take down of Russell Brand is the greatest character assassination I’ve ever seen.’
It’s not the first time the comedian aired his concerns about Brand. In 2008, the stand-up said the Get Him To The Greek star was setting a bad example for other young comedians.
Lock claimed Brand’s wild lifestyle – in which Brand later admitted to becoming a sex and drug addict – were giving the wrong signals for aspiring entertainers.
‘Whenever a young comic asks me for advice I only have two things to say. One is to try and do what you think is genuinely funny and the other is just do loads of gigs,’ Lock told Scottish daily the Scotsman in 2008.
‘Russell is a funny bloke and a talented man but I think he is a bad example to young comics in that to try to achieve success you have to disembowel yourself for public consumption, with every single detail of your life being sold and bartered for attention.’
A clip on 8 Out of 10 Cats in 2014 resurfaced following the alleged sex abuse scandal facing Brand, showing Channel 4 Lock chatting about fellow comic
Sean’s reason for ‘hating’ Brand had audiences and fellow team captain Jon Richardson in stitches
Brande strenuously denied allegations that he raped, sexually assaulted and emotionally abused multiple women. Pictured: Brand in a video released on social media denying the claims
The situation comes as a ‘MeToo’ moment in UK comedy erupted today in the midst of allegations against Brand – as five more comics were named as potential ‘predators’.
They are among a so-called ‘blacklist’ drawn up by female comedians and shared on WhatsApp in an effort to keep them safe from being targeted.
Allegations made against them vary from stalking up to violence against women and sexually preying upon them.
MailOnline have not named them because it has not yet been possible to verify the claims.
Brand – who denies any illegality – was this weekend accused of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013.
Former colleagues who had worked with him have also made lurid claims about his behaviour, including acting as ‘his pimps’ to pass messages to attractive audience members.
But while details of the allegations may have come as a shock to many of his fans, within the industry and particularly female comics they not have been entirely unexpected.
In fact Brand’s name is chillingly just one of many on the alleged ‘blacklist’ shared by women working in comedy warning each other about possible sexual predators.
MailOnline can disclose at least five more comedians have been named in the conversations.
Russell Brand leaves the Troubabour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London on Saturday
Katherine Ryan appeared with Brand on an episode of Comedy Central TV show Roast Battle
The number include famous stars who have appeared on television, radio and stage.
Some are still performing at the top level within the industry, while others have disappeared from view in the past ten years.
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In the Dispatches documentary that first revealed the allegations against Brand comedian Daniel Sloss claimed women would warn each other about him.
He told the show there were ‘many stories with varying degrees of severity’ about Brand that came from a number of different people in the comedy circuit.
Mr Sloss said he was often spoken about in public, with many people in the comedy circuit aware of his alleged abusive and coercive behaviour.
He added that female comedians even spoke of him in WhatsApp groups which they used to warn each other which comedians to avoid.
He said: ‘For many, many years women have been warning each other about Russell.’
Comedian Stevie Martin first disclosed the existence of the Whatsapp group which discussed predatory male comics and promoters as long ago as 2020.
She had been invited to the group in 2018, which was called the Home Safe Collective and was originally set up to help women get home safely from the Edinburgh Fringe.
But it became much more in the wake of the MeToo movement that heralded the exposure of Harvey Weinstein as sexual abuser and rapist.
Daniel Sloss has been praised for his Dispatches appearance amid Russell Brand allegations
Comedian Stevie Martin first disclosed the existence of the Whatsapp group which discussed predatory male comics and promoters as long ago as 2020
She told the Telegraph in 2020: ‘From rape to unwanted green room fondling to using alcohol to coerce without consent, women started sharing their stories – and a Whatsapp-based blacklist began circulating of predatory male comics and promoters. It’s growing every day.
‘The path to said primetime entertainment TV shows appears to be littered with, at worst, sexual abuse, and at best, a corrosive environment.’
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‘I recently found out about a male comic who paid other male comics (performing at a comedy night he ran) with phone numbers of female comedians, rather than cash. How are we supposed to feel respected, and even a part of, a community that appears to view us as sport?’
Complaints about comedians never gained the momentum of Hollywood and many of those accused either returned to work or were never identified.
But in recent months the tide has changed thanks largely to the efforts of female comedians and their shining a spotlight on the appalling problem.
Katherine Ryan previously claimed to have told a comedian ‘to his face’ that he was a sexual predator and that accusations against this person were an ‘open secret’.
The Canadian comic and writer told Louis Theroux that she had confronted the unnamed man while they worked together on a TV show in front of the audience ‘again and again’.
Speaking in 2022, the 40-year-old said she had no qualms with doing so as she had decided to handle it ‘like a man’ – although the confrontation itself was later cut from the broadcast.
In her chat with Theroux, Ms Ryan claimed she had received criticism afterwards for not naming the person in question in public, but said just talking about him was a ‘litigious minefield’ as he had ‘very good lawyers’.
The comedian added that it was ‘not my story to tell’ but that she believed the accusations as the sources were ‘very credible’.
Katherine Ryan previously claimed to have told a comedian ‘to his face’ that he was a sexual predator and that accusations against this person were an ‘open secret’
Sara Pascoe also told in 2022 how she reported a celebrity to television bosses after a fan told her that he had raped her after seeing them on a show together
Her friend Sara Pascoe also told in 2022 how she reported a celebrity to television bosses after a fan told her that he had raped her after seeing them on a show together.
‘We were basically pimps’: TV staff who worked with Russell Brand tell Channel 4 Dispatches about culture of sex around the comedian
The writer and comic disclosed she had been given the tip-off after the alleged victim clocked them appearing on the same programme.
Miss Pascoe said she was contacted with the information, which she passed on to bosses.
Speaking on the new Amazon Prime series Backstage With Katherine Ryan, she said: ‘Have you ever done a job and then someone’s contacted you and said: ‘That’s my rapist’?
‘I had it on a job recently where I’ve had to go to the channel, and it’s that whole thing because you feel such a sense of responsibility but you also want it to be dealt with well… it’s so complicated.’
More recently Pascoe warned there was more than one prominent sexual predator in showbusiness and they were terrified of being exposed.
But she says they are not thriving. They are all ‘terrified. It’s a matter of time,’ she says.
‘They haven’t been named outright yet because no one wants it to happen like that. It’s not good for the victims and survivors or for the industry. But they’re not thriving. They’re scared.’
Since the allegations came to light, Brand has been dumped by his PR and talent agencies.
Channel 4 has also removed programmes featuring him from its website, while Netflix is facing calls to ditch Brand’s comedy special from its streaming catalogue.
Former staffers on the show claimed they felt Brand had got them to ‘act like pimps’ with his requests. Pictured: Brand on Celebrity Great British Bake Off
Russell Brand is alleged to have asked staff on the Big Brother shows he was hosting to ask female audience members for their numbers. Pictured: Russell Brand hosting Big Brother’s Little Brother in May 2006
Russell Brand pictured on Saturday evening leaving the Troubabour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London after performing a comedy set – he is facing allegations of rape and sexual assault
In a statement released by Brand on Friday on his YouTube channel, which was later shared on his other social media platforms, the 48-year-old denies any wrongdoing.
He said: ‘These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies. And as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous. Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that.
‘Then almost too transparent, and I’m being transparent about it now as well. And to see that transparency metastasized into something criminal that I absolutely deny makes me question, is there another agenda at play? Particularly when we’ve seen coordinated media attacks before, like with Joe Rogan, when he dared to take a medicine that the mainstream media didn’t approve of, and we saw a spate of headlines from media outlets across the world using the same language.’
He concluded in his two-and-a-half-minute statement by saying: ‘What I seriously refute are these very, very serious criminal allegations.
‘Also, it’s worth mentioning that there are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narrative that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct, apparently, in what seems to me to be a coordinated attack.’
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