Roy Chubby Brown

Roy Chubby Brown

Date of birth: 05-02-1945

Left home at 14, then lived rough until joining the merchant navy among various other jobs. Got into the Working Men's Club in the 50s, first as a drummer, then evolved a comedy act.

He appeared on Opportunity Knocks in the 70s and came fourth. He then decided to 'go blue' and became one of the most foul-mouthed comics on his circuit.

His act causes offence to many, but has built up a dedicated following, even though the nature of his material has kept him off TV. Sales of his videos and audio tapes are phenomenal.

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Venue axes Chubby Brown for being 'crude'

'Jimmy Carr's worse than I am,' protests comic

Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown has been axed from performing at a major venue, for being ‘unpleasant, crude and offensive’.

The 72-year-old comic had been due to play at Newcastle City Hall in April next year – but the gig was following a change of management there.

He told the city’s Sunday Sun newspaper: ‘I’m coming up to 50 years now doing this, all those people that come to see me must like it.

‘But suddenly some young buck has come along and said he doesn’t like me and that’s all there is to it.

‘They have completely lost the concept of comedy and joke material.’

He contrasted his treatment to the likes of Frankie Boyle, Sarah Millican and Jimmy Carr, ‘who is worse than I have ever been’.

Philip Bernays, chief executive of the Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust chief executive, said the decision was based on ‘a number of careful considerations’.

But the newspaper says an email sent to the comic’s management mentioned the  ‘unpleasant, crude and offensive’ material.

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Published: 30 Jul 2017

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