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Comedian Sean Hegarty out to play his joker as fastest stand-up in world


Sean Hegarty on stage

Sean Hegarty on stage

Sean Hegarty on stage

Northern Ireland funnyman Sean Hegarty hopes to break a comedic world record when he attempts to tell the most jokes ever in one hour.

The Lurgan comedian — who shot to fame locally after starring in BBC reality show Find Me The Funny — will bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘quick-witted’ when he attempts to smash the the record of 549 jokes, which was set by Australian comedian Anthony Lehmann when he broke UK comic Tim Vine’s feat of 499 gags in May 2005.

Sean will perform his very own machine-gun comedy routine at one of the world’s most celebrated comedy festivals — the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

An official adjudicator of Guinness World Records will be on hand to see if the 27-year-old can make it into the famed book.

Sean — who also works in a nursing home for disabled adults — said of his ambitious plan: “I do tell one-liners, but on more of a casual theme. The intensity alone barely allows time to think about your next joke — or breathe — but with enough practice, it's something I know I can achieve.”

The Liverpool FC fanatic said audiences can expect jokes that are “fast, witty, stupid, ridiculous, not funny, direct nonsense, with the odd prop and musical insert thrown in for good measure”.

Sean is no stranger to the Edinburgh Fringe, having completed 43 gigs in 26 days at last summer’s event.

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He says breaking the record would “mean the world” to him.

“I think my mum would be on the phone first thing to Ulsterbus to arrange an open-top home-coming parade,” he said.

“To me, though, it would mean the world. I've always felt like I've been put on this Earth to do something and I've spent 27 years trying to find that one thing that I could be good at. I just want people to be proud of me, my family first and foremost. But if my attempt reaches out to more people, I'll be like Michael Jackson on his Earth Song music video,” he said.

And if he doesn’t?

“Did you ever have that dream when you were younger that you were in school in your underpants or your granny's slippers? |Well, it'll feel like that, only every single day,” he added.

Sean has been performing comedy for just two years and in that time has gigged with some of the biggest and the best on the |comedy circuit.

He currently travels around the UK headlining gigs for all kinds of clubs and events while running his own monthly gig in the Courthouse in Lurgan on the last Friday of every month.

... those quick-fire jokes keep on coming ...

  • I wrote a joke about unemployment but it doesn’t work.
  • My mate dropped cement all over himself this morning... it’ll harden him.
  • I bought Bonnie Tyler’s car last year on eBay, it’s awful, though... every now and then it falls apart.
  • U2 are far too rock ‘n’ roll for me, so I scanned the album cover in and removed the guitarist... I thought, that’ll take the Edge off it.
  • Insomniacs, look on the bright side, no more sleeps till Christmas.
  • He who casts the first stone should really consider fishing lessons.
  • I had to sign for a package this morning, which was weird because I didn’t even know our postman was deaf.
  • Scouts came to watch me play football at the weekend, they wanted to sign me up but I don’t even like camping.
  • The manager of my |flying school is awful... I would complain but I find it impossible to go over the boss’s head.
  • A man stopped me in the street and asked me to perform a sporting activity for him and he’d pay me. So I gave him a run for his money.


Sean Hegarty is a Lurgan-based comedian who became a hit on the local circuit after appearing on the BBC TV show Find Me The Funny in 2009. He was one of six winners of the show, where rookie comics were unearthed by American comedy supremo Kurtis Matthews. Since then Sean has performed at venues across the UK and admirers include comic Jason Manford, who praised him for his hilarious act.

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