Preview: Roy Chubby Brown

Roy Chubby Brown. Pic: Comp
Roy Chubby Brown. Pic: Comp
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HE was the Mayor of Royston Vasey (a town named after him) in the BBC comedy The League of Gentleman, and is the UK’s self-proclaimed ‘most outrageous comedian’ - Roy Chubby Brown returns to the Playhouse tomorrow, and as ever is planning to turn the air blue.

Not for the faint hearted, Brown comes hails from the old stag school of comedy, a school responsible for the likes of Bernard Manning.

Famous for his signature multicoloured suit and flying helmet, Brown is one of the few comics who can boast to have ‘toured the UK every week of every year for the past 30 years’.

The origins of Brown’s creation date back to the 70s when, as Royston Vasey, to give him his real name (see what the League of Gentlemen did there?), he was a regular on the working men’s club circuit.

He once recalled, “In the late 60s and early 70s, comedy became the big thing in clubland. You got an extra £10 if you did comedy. In 1971, I started working with a fella who was a great impressionist. I was doing slapstick, he was doing impressions. We supported the likes of Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson. One day he told me he wanted to go on his own.

“I thought, what am I going to do? I was used to having decent money. So I formed a duo with another lad and we called ourselves Alcock and Brown. He sang and I did everything else. It all went from there.”

The comic also argues that audiences should differentiate between who he is and what he does.

“I do a job. I know it’s filth, I know it’s vile and I know it’s aggressive. But people think I walk around the house saying: ‘Get that f*****g kettle on.’ But there’s no swearing in my house. I don’t allow it.”

Roy Chubby Brown, Playhouse, Greenside Place, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £23.90-£25.90, 0844-871 3014