Last night's National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer featured a whole host of tributes to the late Sean Lock, who died of cancer in August 2021.
The comedian, famous for his stand-up shows as well as his regular appearances as team captain and undefeated Carrot in a Box champion on 8 Out of 10 Cats and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown had been a popular and beloved figure on our screens for years.
After his death tributes poured in from all across the entertainment world and many comedians took the chance to hail Lock once again as he posthumously won the award for Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance.
Friend and fellow comedian Harry Hill took to the stage to lead tributes to Lock, while others mentioned him in their acceptance speeches.
The programme also contained a montage of Lock's fellow comedians paying their respects and telling stories about him.
8 Out of 10 Cats co star Jon Richardson said he had 'idolised' Lock before becoming a comedian himself and said getting the chance to work with him for a decade 'didn't diminish that in the least', he also spoke of Lock's 'incredible comic brain'.
Many praised his ability to make not just the audience but his fellow comedians burst out laughing, while Bill Bailey spoke of missing being able to call Lock and ask the 'brilliant comic' for his guidance.
One of the most touching tributes paid to Lock's memory came from Lee Mack, who told a story of his friend's final days
Mack said: "He just said to me, 'I've had a really good life you know,' it was so profound the way he said it because I thought he really has, you know.
"He's got this fantastic wife, three beautiful kids and he's spent his life just making millions of people laugh so it's hard to argue with it."
The torrent of tributes from the entertainment world had many fans in tears too, as many took to social media to admit they were having 'a good cry' at the outpouring of love and admiration for Lock.
One person wrote: "The Sean Lock tribute on the #NationalComedyAwards had me in absolute pieces."
Another said: "Sean Lock was such a naturally brilliant person and comic. His legacy in comedy will really last for generations."
A third joined in to say: "He was so genuinely loved by everyone, and made us all laugh so much."
Others took the chance to remember some of his funniest moments, including the time he wrote his own children's book called The Tiger Who Came For A Pint and his creation of a cocktail featuring an ingredient for every letter of the alphabet.
Lock's life and career was celebrated with a standing ovation from his fellow comedians at the National Comedy Awards.Featured Image Credit: Alamy