One of two comedy shows Sean has at the fringe this year, Life Becomes Noises is more a performance comedy, his very own costume comedy if you will and his chance to dedicate a show to his relationship with his father who has recently died of cancer. But this theme did not darken the mood - Sean is just as silly as ever, particularly when discussing his own grief.
At the beginning Sean emerged from backstage in a jockey outfit - a rather garish orange one to be precise. I had no idea what was going on but I was sat among some Sean Hughes fans at the front, and from the look on their faces, they did not seem at all worried. That is the thing with Sean, as a long-term comedian, he has faithful followers – people might not know what they are getting, but they know it will be good. They were a willing bunch too, never have I seen more people volunteer themselves to go up on stage. There was the feeling of a community spirit that only Sean Hughes could create.
A large part of the show is story-telling, I loved hearing about his upbringing as a Londoner in 1970s Dublin, but even if this story was not interesting, it should be said that Sean has the power to tell a story about anything and make the audience sit up and listen.
At one point in the show, he explains that 1 in 4 of the population will contract cancer. Such a harrowing figure but it made me think, though this show is a personal story of how Sean came to accept the death of his father, this show is for everyone.
In Life Becomes Noises, Sean has accomplished something that other comedians will never - he has successfully turned death into laughs.
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