Sean Lock's Carrot in a Box performance where he outwitted pal Jon Richardson sends fans wild

SEAN Lock's fans have been remembering his greatest moments – including the two times he managed to outwit Jon Richardson on 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

The comedian, who died yesterday aged 58, was a master of the simple game Carrot In A Box, which was played on the Channel 4 show.


The game, which aired during a Christmas special, saw both the comedians get a box, one of which had a carrot inside it.

The aim of the game was to end up with the box with the carrot in, which meant convincing the other person to swap their box, or not. 

Sean went first and straight away just said: “I’ll keep this, it’s got the carrot in.”

His deadpan delivery left host Jimmy Carr and the other panelists in hysterics.

Jon of course decided to swap the box, telling Sean: “Can I just say, at this point if there’s no carrot in that box, you are a genius.”

And it turned out he was a genius because when he lifted the lid, he discovered there was no carrot inside.

The pair later had rematch and Sean once again managed to bluff his way to victory. 

Paying tribute

Jon referenced the classic moment in his heartbreaking tribute yesterday.

He wrote: “I idolised Sean as a comic long before I became a comedian myself and ten years working alongside him didn’t diminish that in the least. An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice.

“I’m devastated for his family today and sad for comedy that we have lost one of the very best. 

“Undisputed, undefeated, carrot in a box champion. I will miss him.”

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Tragic death

Yesterday, Sean’s agent confirmed the dad-of-three had passed away from cancer surrounded by his family.

A statement from Off The Kerb Productions said: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock.

"He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family.

"Sean was one of Britain's finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.

"Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children.

"Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him.”

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