Stand-up comedian Phil Jerrod has passed away at the age of 42 after a battle with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Phil’s agency, Off the Kerb, confirmed the unfortunate news on Monday.
The statement said that Phil died at his home “with his devoted wife Becky by his side” and described the comedian as “a dear friend to us, an incredibly kind and talented man.”
Several fellow standups paid tribute including Dane Baptiste, who called him a “great comic” and “a good man with a kind soul.”
Sean McLoughlin also wrote on Twitter, “Phil Jerrod was a wonderful comedian and a dear friend. I actually MC’d his first ever gig and over the years we played many great/s**t shows together.” “Spectacularly talented, cool and probably the nicest person in the business. We should all aim to be more like him.”
Who was Phil Jerrod?
Phil was a regular name in Brighton’s comedy scene who co-hosted the Crash Bang Wallop Podcast. The podcast talked about several famous and not well-known disasters in world history, alongside fellow comic Phil Lucas.
Phil took on jobs as a waiter, a cook, a laborer, and in several “crappy offices” before pursuing comedy. He took a start with his standup career in 2012 in a venue below an Angus Steakhouse.
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His witty comments were well-received by the audience. It was in 2015 when he won the award for best debut act at the Leicester Comedy Festival, which maintained an “innovative stream-of-consciousness style” in his set about his rural upbringing.
That was the same year Phil made his Edinburgh Fringe Festivals debut, bringing him another range of audience who admired his comic concept.
The comedian soon returned to Edinburgh in the years that followed, doing shows like "Hypocrite," which was a set inspired by being mugged in a phone booth.
He went on tour with some of his standup fellows and even supported Romesh Ranganathan on his huge UK tour in 2016.
After receiving news of Phil’s passing, Romesh Ranganath took to Instagram and wrote, “Phil Jerrod was one of my closest friends and I loved him dearly. He was a brilliant comic, but more importantly one of the kindest and loveliest men you could ever meet. You would always feel better for having spent time with him. I will miss him so much.”
Phil also accompanied Angela Barnes and Seann Walsh on their national tours.
On top of delivering jokes on stage, Phil also wrote for major BBC radio and TV series including The Now Show, The News Quiz, and Mock the Week.