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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Another venue cancels Roy Chubby Brown

Cork Opera House suddenly realises he might be 'unsuitable'

Yet another venue has pulled a Roy Chubby Brown gig after apparently belatedly realising that he might be offensive.

The Opera House in Cork originally promoted the comic with the promise of ‘politically incorrect jokes’.

But with less than three weeks to go before the show, bosses have pulled the plug, deeming it unsuitable.

The venue has not responded to Chortle’s request for comment but told the local Evening Echo that they axed the comic ‘following feedback received from our patrons’.

It said in a statement: ‘The venue decided that the content of this show was unsuitable for presentation by a publicly funded theatre.’

It is not the first time Brown – real name Royston Vasey – has been banned from a venue over  jokes deemed offensive to ethnic minorities, women and gay people.

Only last month, the  Town House in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, cancelled a show after belatedly waking  up to the style of comedy the 73-year-old has been peddling for the past four decades.

And last year he was blacklisted by the Newcastle City Hall, which pulled the plug on another of his shows.

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Published: 24 May 2018

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