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Old 16-05-2013, 14:58
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When I was finishing school back in the late eighties, there was quite a buzz around some bootleg audio tapes of Britain's rudest comedian. Largely, it has to be said, among the more horrible children I was forced to get along with. From what they told me about his act, I thought it sounded unbelievably feeble and depressing - crap playground jokes delivered badly to an audience of morons. I was in no rush to hear the tapes, however often they insisted that he was "briwyunt" or "wicked".

The year I left school, 1990, I went on holiday with my parents to Blackpool. In one of those "you couldn't make it up" coincidences, I got chatting to a portly, middle-aged gent with an infectious laugh in a chip shop. He had a heavy North-East accent, but he was well spoken, witty and I liked him very much. When he got up to leave, he shook my hand and said "My name's Roy Brown - I'm playing at the South Pier, you should come and see me."

I took him at his word and went to see his show that night. Dear Lord, I could scarcely believe that the shockingly unfunny man on the stage in a court jester's outfit and World War One helmet was the same man I'd had a pleasant chat with that same afternoon. Fair enough, he was playing a character on stage, but it was the emptiness of the act that got to me. Offstage, he seemed to be a keen student of comedy with an encyclopedic knowledge of gags and one-liners, but 'in character' he was deeply, depressingly unpleasant. I know it's not really fair to attack a comedian through his audience, but that night I was surrounded by mooing tattooed mouth-breathers and brassy, stroppy, overweight women, most of whom were plastered. Needless to say, they lapped it up. It was a different world, one which I was in no hurry to revisit.

I've nothing against brainless or vulgar humour - I love Derek and Clive, and you can't get more vulgar than that - but Chubby Brown's idea was simply to be as crude and disgusting as possible for shock value, which was all well and good but it wore off after a couple of minutes - so all you're ultimately left with is a middle-aged fat bloke talking rubbish and swearing a lot.

I recently checked out some of his more recent material on YouTube, and much to my despair and surprise, he's actually got worse. He's started being 'political' - by which I mean reading the Daily Star and writing dire 'comedy' songs about asylum seekers and political correctness gone mad - and seems to be under the impression that he speaks for the silent majority. His shows are now little more than an excuse for the blinkered and ignorant to get together in a bout of mutual affirmation of the worst kind, indulging in deplorable abuse of other human beings (Little Britain was also guilty of this) under the guise of some kind of patriotic knees-up. The remainder of his act seems to consist of jokes that are at least fifty years old - maybe even older - spiced up with the usual gutter language.

So, as you've probably guessed, I'm in two minds about him. On the one hand, he's the friendly stranger I enjoyed a bag of chips, a chatter and a laugh with in a Blackpool takeaway when I was sixteen, and that's how I choose to remember him. On the other hand, he's absolutely one of the worst stand-up comedians I've ever had the misfortune of seeing.
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Old 16-05-2013, 15:23
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If his act was born today, he wouldn't go far because the world is too politically correct. I am not a fan, but I can see why others do like him.
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Old 16-05-2013, 16:20
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I'd forgotten he existed.
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Old 16-05-2013, 16:41
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Deleted. Not even worth talking about him.
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Old 16-05-2013, 16:43
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If his act was born today, he wouldn't go far because the world is too politically correct. I am not a fan, but I can see why others do like him.
I agree.

I don't mind some of his jokes, but he mostly seems offensive for the sake of it.
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Old 16-05-2013, 16:48
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Tried watching one of his videos once, many moons ago, but couldn't understand half of what he was saying and gave up after a few minutes. I put on a Jimmy Jones video instead, which I found far more enjoyable. He wasn't exactly PC either, but at least I could understand what he was saying, so I 'got' his gags.

I agree with the OP regarding Derek & Clive, I still enjoy watching them now and then.
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Old 16-05-2013, 16:56
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Chubby Brown at his nastiest.....probably.

4:55 onwards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4T4soUUjCk

That says everything about him. I changed my mind about criticising him.
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Old 16-05-2013, 17:03
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Tried watching one of his videos once, many moons ago, but couldn't understand half of what he was saying and gave up after a few minutes. I put on a Jimmy Jones video instead, which I found far more enjoyable. He wasn't exactly PC either, but at least I could understand what he was saying, so I 'got' his gags.

I agree with the OP regarding Derek & Clive, I still enjoy watching them now and then.
I guess we can't understand you lot and you lot can't understand us. Chubby Brown speaks 'properly' though. His accent isn't quite as flat as ours. I think he's cleaned his accent up a bit so that the audience can understand him. Like another poster has said, he's sort of well spoken for a North East fella.
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Old 16-05-2013, 17:18
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His Gollywog song is brilliant and tells it like it is..
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Old 16-05-2013, 18:02
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Hate, hate, hate, hate him.

Given the choice of watching his act or contracting syphilis, It would be a tough choice of which I'd rather tolerate
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Old 16-05-2013, 18:06
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He's repulsive and about as amusing as scabies.
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Old 16-05-2013, 18:37
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I think it's a case of whether you like him - Royston Brown the person, or his stage charactor, the side most people see at a show. Two different things. He is a very talented piano player though and that alone in my books scores him very highly.
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:20
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Not funny at all. Too chavvy for me. Belongs on Blackpool pier with the kiss me quick hats and all the other outdated stuff.
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:29
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Love him.

For those that don't or are unsure, at most venues, there are large signs "If easily offended - stay away"
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:54
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He's not my cup of tea. But he's very, very popular with a lot of people.My dad likes him There was a documentary about him on E4 a few years ago and he originally started out as a run of the mill comedian but didn't get any work so changed his act to make it more crude and explicit and has never looked back.

He's almost unique in that he's has a big following but never appears on television.
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:01
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Love him.

For those that don't or are unsure, at most venues, there are large signs "If easily offended - stay away"
Yes, which is why I wouldn't go. He was bloody well cruel about Katie Price's son Harvey in one show.
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:05
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He's not my cup of tea. But he's very, very popular with a lot of people.My dad likes him There was a documentary about him on E4 a few years ago and he originally started out as a run of the mill comedian but didn't get any work so changed his act to make it more crude and explicit and has never looked back.

He's almost unique in that he's has a big following but never appears on television.
I don't think any TV station would have him on any of their shows that had comedians on. He's way more offensive than anyone you see on TV. His 'jokes' are way too brutal to be accepted by any channel. He wouldn't stand a chance in getting a slot with the BBC.
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:11
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I don't think any TV station would have him on any of their shows that had comedians on. He's way more offensive than anyone you see on TV. His 'jokes' are way too brutal to be accepted by any channel. He wouldn't stand a chance in getting a slot with the BBC.
He doesn't need television. He's a millionaire. His tours are usually a sell out, his DVD's sell well. He's not for me, but like it or not there's an audience for him.
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:36
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I put him on the same level as Frankie Boyle.... not funny and says things to "shock" or be "outrageous" but it doesn't and he isn't and so he is left looking sad and desperate appealing to his fans/followers who will feed his desire to believe he is funny.
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:59
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Love chubbs but his work after the cancer has suffered. Very nice guy away from the stage. People forget on stage hes a character just like frankie boyle
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Old 16-05-2013, 21:21
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Love him.

For those that don't or are unsure, at most venues, there are large signs "If easily offended - stay away"
I'm not easily offended at all. I just find him as funny as herpes
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Old 16-05-2013, 22:59
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When they said sarcasm was the lowest form of wit, they had never heard Chubby Brown.
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Old 16-05-2013, 23:08
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Love chubbs but his work after the cancer has suffered. Very nice guy away from the stage. People forget on stage hes a character just like frankie boyle
My niece has met him (whilst on a work experience photo shoot at around age 15) and admitted (reluctantly as she was very opposed to his stage material) that he does come across in person as a very nice guy - and not crude at all.

I'd seen some of his stuff before (a friend showed us a video way back in the early 90's) and I have to admit I DID find some parts of his act very funny. His one-liners were great - such as the Harrods one or the gynaecologist one (and no - that one isn't as naughty as you may expect). I felt guilty laughing at bits as he's not normally the kind of comedian I go for (I'm more of a Jeremy Hardy or Bill Hicks kind of fan) but I have to admit I DID laugh at bits.

And I still like his crack about what people EXPECT him to be like in person - the vanilla slice comment I believe sums it up.
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Old 16-05-2013, 23:22
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Nout wrong with his accent

The comedy is rather shite though, and I love a good shocking/sick joke. One or two decent jokes here and there but most of them are old ones with the F word chucked here and there.

A friend went to college with his daughter and its been said around here that he's a bit of a misogynistic prat. I don't know how true that is but I don't really care either, he entertains chavs and the thick so good on him, I hope he's happy.
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Old 17-05-2013, 08:47
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Always found him hilarious, of course he is not really going to go down that well in the limp-wristed spineless society we live in today but he has delivered some dynamite before.
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