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Warning: Chubby is back after U-turn!

Reporter: by KAREN DOHERTY
Date online: 30 September 2009

CONTROVERSIAL comedian Roy Chubby Brown is to appear at Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall after a council U-turn.

The outrageous funnyman — branded too rude for television — was banned from the hall in 2006 by Oldham’s previous chief executive.

He will appear there tomorrow night after agreement by political leaders and Chubby told the Oldham Chronicle: “I am delighted, I really am. I hope after this length of time we will have a fantastic evening and they invite me back again!

“What I try to do is talk about things that are humorous. At the moment the people who are getting the stick are people like Jordan.

“I try to be as adult as possible and that’s what it is — an adult show. We do not allow people in the room under the age of 16.”

Asked what people could expect, he added: “To laugh. I expect people to laugh from when I go on stage to when I come off and there are things I will say where people will think ‘that’s a bit near the knuckle’.”

Deputy council leader Jackie Stanton admitted it had been a tough call which would not please everybody.

She said Chubby, real name Royston Vasey, had performed at council-run venues around the country — including the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the past — and added: “This was a commercial decision that was approved by chief executive Charlie Parker along with the leaders of all three of the council’s political parties.

“This act is certainly not to my taste and I fully understand the concerns that many residents may have about vulgarity and crudeness. However, the joint view was taken that people buying tickets for this event would be fully aware of what to expect.”

Chubby’s manager and top concert promoter Stuart Littlewood from Saddleworth added: “We have looked after Chubby for five or six years and I can count on one hand the number of complaints we have had about him. Chubby is the crowned king of controversial comedy. Over the past 40 years he has made more than 1,000 appearances and performed in front of 1.5 million fans.

“He puts up the posters ‘if you are going to be offended, do not come’. In theory, there isn’t anyone in the hall who is offended.

But Mr Littlewood, whose company Handshake is based in Uppermill, is concerned about the way hall is run and added: “They built this wonderful building and leave it empty. It is very underused. The local authority is not very proactive in trying to get entertainment there.”


first bit of common sense to come from oldham in years!

Simple.......if you dont like it dont go......end of

If you don't like him or his comedy, don't go! At least the building is getting used. I would also like to know if anything is being done to attract live music or bands to play at the venue? It is easily big enough, as I believe places such as Halifax and Holmfirth have staged acts such as Paul Weller and the Charlatans recently. Lets give Oldhamers a new option of entertainment other than getting p****d on yorkshire street. You never know it could be the start of something new.

political correctness im sick of it.so what if he has a go at folk so long as he doesnt discriminate against 1 group in particular. who cares. very funny and im what you would call an ethnic minority.i dont find it offensive. just good fun.

What if I go to the show, get offended, play the race card and call out the Hate Crime unit? My lawyers and myself could earn a packet.

I'm only joking, but who remembers Jerry Springer the Opera or Behzthi the play that offended Hindu's. Nobody made them buy tickets.

Being fair is one thing but the PC brigade need extraordinary rendition to Guantunamo bay for crimes against the state..

Does your reporter really think Chubby's real name is Royston Vasey?

he is called royston vasey,thats why the league of gentlemen called thier town royston vassey as he was banned from t v

Roy's real name is Royston Vasey.
I'm well happy that Roy is playing in my home town! I've booked 8 tickets for tomorrow night's performance at the QEH

that's because that is his name

His real name IS Royston Vasey.

Rose Hill
Google Roy Chubby Brown..

Can I inform Rose Hill that the reporter is correct about Chubby's real name being Royston Vasey? The name was used as the fictious village in BBC comedy series 'The League of Gentlemen' (in which I appeared) and Chubby made an appearance as the Mayor of Royston Vasey.

Being an athiest i dont like it when church goers push there regilon on me for example. It works both ways. If you dont like Mr Brown and his way of comedy dont go, but dont try and ban it for the enjoyment of others as i put up with things i dont agree with but dont try to ban it.

Roy 'Chubby' Brown (born Royston Vasey on 5 February, 1945 ACCORDING TO WIKAPEDIA

Jimmy Carr was on at the QE Hall a couple of months ago. I can't see why his style is considered perfectly acceptable but idiots like Andrew Kilburn decide they are arbiters of what is and is not good for the people of Oldham.


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