The book is a comedic take on children’s classic ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’by Judith Kerr and was showcased by Lock during one of his many stints on the Channel 4 programme ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’.
At the beginning of each show, team captains would reveal their random lucky mascots, which for Lock was his own satirical book.
Proudly revealing the front cover – featuring a tiger smoking a cigarette in front of a pint of beer and an open bag of crisps – the beloved comedian described how the story included two of his favourite things: “Tigers and alcohol.”
Treating viewers to a taster, he read out the opening line: “There was once a tiger who fancied a pint – not Carling, of course, that was too weak and too gassy. He wanted a pint that packs a punch, like Stella or Kronenbourg.
“The tiger was thirsty and needed something to wash down the zookeeper he’d just eaten. He liked the atmosphere of Wetherspoon’s, plus he was barred from The King’s Head for mauling the darts team.”
With all the boozing, the tiger ends up getting so drunk that he urinates on the bar and gets into difficulty finding a taxi back to the zoo since they won’t accept tigers in the backseat.
Fans of the late comedian have taken to Twitter to campaign for Lock’s book to be published, with the proceeds going towards Cancer Research, and to his loved-ones.
Very sad news about Sean Lock. One of the funniest comedians on TV.
His “The Tiger who came for a pint” on 8 out… https://t.co/sN89YmViR9