Phil Jerrod: Working down the comedy mine

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Since starting in stand-up two years ago, Phil Jerrod has established himself as the owner of one of the largest beards in the business. He has also been earning rave reviews. Originally from Warwickshire but now living in Brighton, he appeared at last night’s Wedge Comedy Club.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I don’t think any comic ever really realises they are funny. I had a whole load of different, rubbish jobs before I started doing comedy and I would often get into trouble for messing around. So stand­-up comedy is perfect – I get to be professionally unprofessional. Plus it beats working in Pizza Hut.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

Working in Pizza Hut.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

When a gentleman approached me after a gig in Bristol and said that he really enjoyed the quality of my research. I have absolutely no idea who he was, or what he can possibly have meant, but I took it as a compliment.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

Well I live in Brighton so I’m never short of things to laugh at: beatboxing tramps; 40-year-­old men with ironic moustaches riding to work on gigantic unicycles; pop-up shops that sell nothing but framed pictures of Angelica Houston; toddlers with names like Moon-Biscuit dressed head-to-toe in organic hemp.

Tell us a joke.

The other day I quite fancied having a go at Acoustic Twitter. Just opened a window and screamed ‘I’M HAVING AN OMELETTE’ at no-­one inparticular.

Who’s your biggest hero?

All of my biggest comedy heroes seem to come from quite a long time ago. I’m a big fan of The Goon Show and Round the Horne, but I particularly like Tony Hancock; I just don’t think there has ever really been anybody funnier than him.

What have you got in the pipeline?

I’m getting ready to perform at the Edinburgh Festival in August. I am part of a show called The Pleasance Reserve, performing with three great comics, ­Evelyn Mok, Chris Betts and Brennan Reece. I’m expecting performing every night to be quite demanding; like working down a mine or a fighting in a war. But in a fun way.