Hughes ventures into places comedy rarely goes

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It is fair to say Sean Hughes has had a varied career.

Born in London but raised in Dublin, the comedian burst onto the scene in the late 80s when he won the win the prestigious Perrier Award.

Channel 4 sitcom Sean’s Show landed him a British Comedy Award in 1992, while he has also appeared in The Commitments and Coronation Street, written a novel and a book of poetry, and was a team captain for six years on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

But like many comics, stand-up is his passion and on that front there’s good news – he’s appearing at the Dukes in Lancaster on November 13.

Hughes will perform his show Life Becomes Noises, which has been described as “a feel good show” even though it focuses on how the 47-year-old has dealt with his father’s death.

A humorous yet poignant tale, it is an insight into the lighter side of dying and getting older, going to places that comedy rarely goes, highlighting how ridiculous life is and how quickly it can be taken away.

Tickets are £14 (£12 concessions) and are available at www.dukes-lancaster.org or by calling 01524 598500.

* Blackpool jazz musician Dan Forshaw is returning to his hometown for a gig at the Galleon Bar on Tuesday.

The gig will be new not just to Dan’s fans but also for the man himself.

“The show is a new concept which I am starting in Blackpool and then taking on the road – heading to London, Belfast and Cambridge before Christmas,” he said. “The music is going to be more funk than jazz driven but it still incorporates those core elements of jazz, namely the blues and improvisation.

“Think of it as James Brown, Tower of Power and Stevie Wonder meets John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Miles Davis.“

Sounds interesting to say the least.

* Folk singer Rod Picott takes centre stage at Garstang Unplugged at the Kenlis Arms in Garstang tomorrow.

He’s on stage at 8.30pm, tickets are £10 on the door. More details on (01995) 602795.