Stand-Up Comedian Phil Jerrod Dead At 42
Mock The Week star Phil Jerrod has died at the age of 42 from a rare cancer, as fellow comics paid tribute to the ‘kind and talented’ star.
The stand-up comic passed away on Saturday with his wife, Beck, by his side, according to a statement from his agent.
It is not known how long Phil had been suffering from sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects bones and soft tissue.
There were tributes from the many comedy clubs and festivals where Jerrod performed around the UK over a 10-year career at the mic. A tweet from Cardiff’s Glee Club described him as “warm, supportive, caring and a terrific standup who always helped fill our venues with laughter”.
Jerrod was a popular figure in Brighton’s comedy scene and co-hosted the Crash Bang Wallop Podcast, about famous and lesser-known disasters in world history, with fellow local comic Phil Lucas.
Jerrod toured with another Brightonian, Angela Barnes, who called him “incomparable”. Rachel Parris tweeted: “I first got to know him on the Brighton comedy circuit and he was always lovely and hilarious and will be very much missed.”
He had jobs as a waiter, a cook, a labourer, and in “about a million crappy offices” before concentrating on comedy, beginning his standup career in a venue underneath an Angus Steakhouse in 2012 as reported by The Guardian Uk.
In 2015, he won the award for best debut act at the Leicester comedy festival, which hailed the “innovative stream-of-consciousness style” in his set about his rural upbringing. That year he made his Edinburgh fringe debut with the show Neanderthal, winning him further admirers of his ruminative style and well-wrought gags, not to mention his fulsome beard and arresting stare.
He returned to Edinburgh in the following years with shows including Hypocrite, a set inspired by being mugged in a phone box.
He supported Romesh Ranganathan and Angela Barnes on their national tours and also wrote for major BBC radio and TV series such as The Now Show, The News Quiz, and Mock the Week.