A POPULAR comedian will be in Swansea next month as part of his brand-new tour.

Miles Jupp will be heading out across the UK on the On I Bang tour.

His last tour finished at The London Palladium in 2017 and Miles followed this up with his role as Emperor Francis I in Napoleon, the new film by Ridley Scott, as well as starring in the Disney Plus series The Full Monty, ITV’s The Durrells and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? He also appeared in a number of episodes of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Have I Got News for You, made an award-winning radio series and published a novel.

However, in the middle of this, on a sunny day, he suffered a brain seizure which led to the discovery of a cherry tomato sized tumour, which needed major surgery.

This experience has left Miles with a story to tell and a few things he’d like to share with people, so he’s embarking on the On I Bang tour to tell a story of surprise, fear, luck, love and qualified medical practitioners.

Speaking about the experience, Miles said: “I had a brain seizure, which was actually quite lucky. It meant I was taken to hospital where they ran tests. So having the seizure was an element of fortune because it’s like a big helpful sign that something is up. And that something was a brain tumour the size of a cherry tomato, which had to be removed.

“I was filming the ITV series Trigger Point. I’d just finished my scene. Ludicrously my character, a radio host, is speaking and then a bomb goes off roughly when it felt like a bomb had gone off in my own head.

“Luckily I was in a work environment which meant there was a medic on the set so they wrestled me into the appropriate position. It was only a day’s work but taking that job might have saved my life.

“The tumour was there but I was totally unaware of it. They can’t date it. It’s not like trees or fossils.

“The swelling of the tumour causes the pressure. And it’s the pressure that eventually caused the seizure. It could have happened at any time, but until about five minutes before, there was nothing. I just started feeling very dizzy very quickly and there was some flashing of lights.

“I remember falling forward and then some people holding me down and then it’s just like a series of moments of consciousness. Next time I was in an ambulance and then I was in A&E at West Middlesex Hospital.”

On the impact of the experience on his outlook on life, Miles said: “It’s very good for putting things in perspective. Not that I don’t moan about all the pathetic things other people moan about as well. But after a while, you can go, oh, I’ve got the freedom to moan about it. You just think about things in a different way.”

Miles Jupp’s On I Bang tour will be brought to the Swansea Grand Theatre by RBM on March 17, 2024. Tickets are available at www.swanseagrand.co.uk.