'Peppa Pig's dad' wins comedy prize


An actor who changed career after taking a course in comedy has been crowned Jewish Comedian of the year.

Philip Simon beat five other acts to win the title, awarded by the JW3 community centre.

He impressed the judges, including comedy stalwart Arnold Brown, with his relaxed performing style.

Mr Simon said he was "truly delighted, and especially pleased that my parents and in-laws were there to see the show. I've won other competitions in the past, but this one feels like it comes with a warmth from the community."

Along with the title, he received a prize of £1,000.

The 36-year-old from Borehamwood spent 10 years working in theatre, television and film, including roles in the BBC sitcom My Family and as Peppa Pig's father in a stage show. But he changed direction in 2011, studying stand-up at the Camden Comedy School, since when he has performed hundreds of gigs across the UK, America, New Zealand and Israel.

He said: "I enjoyed acting, but since starting stand-up comedy I have far more control of my career and my destiny. It's also a far more supportive network among comedians, which is something I really thrive on."

Mr Simon described his humour as "mildly self-deprecating with a twist of darker naughtiness thrown in".

And he offered one of his favourite jokes: "My grandmother passed away and my parents put an announcement in the JC that read: "Daphne Benjamin passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was surrounded by her two daughters and seven grandchildren, including Philip, 36, average build, GSOH, likes travelling, reading and long walks in the country."

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