OUTRAGEOUS comic Roy Chubby Brown is stopping off in Gloucester as part of his latest tour, Who ate all the Pies.
The 69-year-old comic is renowned for his politically incorrect humour and after 30 years is still as crude as ever.
As the publicity for his August performance states; “Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views on news, women and gender, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked.”
But is Roy Chubby Brown’s offensive style actually funny, and will Gloucester audiences be buying tickets?
Speaking to The Citizen last year, when Roy Chubby Brown performed in Cheltenham, he said he had no intention of cleaning up his act.
"Political correctness has ruined comedy and people now say you can't say that as you will upset someone,” he said.
"But I'm in a room with the doors closed in the same way that someone might be at home watching a pornographic movie with the curtains closed."
Bryn Williams who runs Gloucester based BWM Promotions which puts on comedy and music gigs in the city, said he is not a Roy Chubby Brown fan.
“It’s not for me and I think that comedy has moved on from his kind of style.
“Comedy is more clever than simply being offensive for its own sake.
“To me, his is just not very clever comedy.”
“It’s so ‘gutter’ and offensive that I’m surprised he’s still doing it.”
But Roy Chubby Brown clearly has plenty of fans.
Citizen reader Hussain Vorajee say’s he’ll be buying a ticket.
“As I grew up in Preston we used to go and see him regularly at his main base in Blackpool.
“I wanted to go and see him few years back in Cheltenham but could not get a ticket. There is no better comedian in the UK.
“He can offend anyone but at the end of the day it is all just a laugh. Up north he always use to take the mick out of all the Asians but it did make us all laugh.
“If you get offended easily then don't come but he does attract thousands when he visits town and cities across UK. His actions and movement is the best part of it. I will definitely go along with friends from Gloucester.”
Lotte Lyster, landlady at the Prince Albert in Rodborough which hosts regularly comedy nights, said he wasn’t her taste, but she knows lots of people love him.
“Different people laugh at different things. I know lots of people who like him, although it’s not my sort of humour,” she said.
Young Gloucetershire comedian , wand ventriloquist Keiran Powell said he had to admire Roy Chubby Brown’s longevity.
Kieran, 18, who is at the start of his career will be performing at Cirencester’s Sundial Theatre on Friday, when he’ll be recording his first DVD.
“He’s been going so long that’s its very impressive that he still has a career this far into his life.
“Considering he’s one of the few people left who were performing in the hey day of the variety era.
“He’s had a career longer than I’ve been alive.”
Kieran describes his own material as “‘cheeky and a bit flirty” but says he has no problem with politically incorrect humour.
“I don’t have any issue with anything being said. If it makes people laugh there’s nothing wrong with it.”
He added that ‘offensive humour’ needed to have some intelligence behind it.
“Comedians regularly get into trouble , but really any responsibility should also be with the audience. If no-one’s laughing then he wouldn’t be doing it. And if people find it funny, then it’s comedy. Offensive comedy is about testing the audience and seeing how far you can push them.”
A Guildhall spokesperson said: “We strive to provide a diverse and full programme at Gloucester Guildhall, catering for all tastes in music, art, theatre and comedy so there is something for everyone.
“Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is a big name on the comedy circuit, having sold out venues up and down the country for many years. We appreciate his shows comes with an air of controversy but all branding and promotional material for the strictly over 18 event come with the strap line – ‘Stay away if easily offended’.
“We appreciate his comedy is not for everyone, and some people find his material offensive. However, there are many people who do find him funny and this has been reflected in the early ticket sales figures.”
SOME OF HIS JOKES - DO THEY MAKE YOU LAUGH?
I’ve decided to take up a life of crime, but I can’t decide which political party to join.
The wife and I have been arguing about where to go on our holidays. I want to go to Tenerife. And she wants to come with me.
My favourite drink is a cocktail of carrot juice and whiskey. I am always drunk but I can see for miles.
It was our son that kept our marriage together. Neither of us wanted custody of him.
They still haven’t found Osama Bin Laden. Why don’t they give his name to the Child Support Agency? They’ll find him.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can’t get my wife to go swimming.
My wife came home and said she had some good news and some bad news about the car. I said: "What’s the good news?" She said: "The airbag works."
He was so thick he couldn’t tell which way a lift was going if he got two guesses.
A homeless person said: “I haven’t had anything to eat for two days.” I said: “I wish I had your willpower.”