A group of comedians will take to the stage in Brighton in memory of a local comic who died of cancer.

The star-studded list including Jack Dee and Romesh Ranganathan will take over Brighton Dome for an evening of laughs in memory of Phil Jerrod, who died in 2021.

Phil, a staple of the Brighton comedy scene, died of sarcoma, an uncommon cancer which can affect any part of the body, and the event will raise funds for a charity tackling the disease.

Brighton-based comedian Angela Barnes, who is also in the line-up, said: “Phil was one of my best friends. He was one of the most loving, funny and creative people I’ve ever known, and life isn’t the same without him.

The Argus: Angela BarnesAngela Barnes (Image: The Argus)

“I’d never heard of sarcoma cancer until Phil was diagnosed and I’m honoured to be a Sarcoma UK ambassador. At last year’s concert, we raised over £27,000 in Phil’s memory and I hope we can continue raising funds to honour his legacy.”

This year’s event will also include comedian Adam Hills, of Channel 4’s The Last Leg fame, Suzi Ruffell and Jason Patterson.

The event also supports comics with Sussex roots such as Ranganathan, who has spoken about his upbringing in Crawley in previous gigs.

The Argus: Romesh RanganathanRomesh Ranganathan

Kerry Reeves-Kneip, director of fundraising and communications at Sarcoma UK, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to our ambassador Angela Barnes and all the brilliant comics taking part in this star-studded gig.


There are around 5,300 people diagnosed with sarcoma cancer each year in the UK and Sarcoma UK relies solely on generous voluntary donations and the energy and imagination of tireless fundraisers and supporters.

The Argus: Adam HillsAdam Hills

“Their efforts will help us to honour Phil’s legacy and improve outcomes for people living with this less common cancer.”

An evening of comedy in aid of Sarcoma UK and in memory of Phil Jerrod will come to Brighton Dome on Tuesday, October 3.

Tickets can be bought on the Brighton Dome website with all profits going to Sarcoma UK.