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No laughing matter as Chubby faces a new ban.

Byline: IAN JOHNSON ian.johnson01@reachplc.com

ROY Chubby Brown has been banned from yet another venue - and the Teesside comedy legend is failing to see the funny side.

The 76-year-old's blue act has fallen foul of Sheffield City Council, which has bowed to public pressure and axed his 2022 City Hall show.

The Grangetown-born comic admitted this latest decision - in an era of "snowflakes and political correctness" - has hit him hard.

"At first I had a sense of anger and disbelief, but on reflection I now feel just disappointment and sadness with the decision and the way things are going generally," he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

He said that in over 30 years of performing at Sheffield City Hall, he had enjoyed "great nights there and a wonderful working relationship with the management and staff", attracting thousands of fans at each show.

"Now in these strange times of snowflakes and political correctness it has been decided that I am no longer welcome," he fumed.

"Why Now! is my question, WHY NOW! Is my show unsuitable after 30 years at the City Hall??"

According to the authority, it appears so.

In a statement, a council spokesperson said the January 29 show - which had already been rescheduled - would no longer go ahead due to complaints from the public, with customers entitled to a full refund.

"We don't believe this show reflects Sheffield City Trust values, particularly our ambition that our leisure, culture and entertainment venues are inclusive for all in Sheffield," added the council.

For over half a century, his X-rated routines have packed venues across Britain - while polarising the public.

Fans adore him, lapping up videos and DVDs of the charitable comic's crude humour. Critics, however, argue his vulgar gags are outdated and offensive.

The divisive nature of his act has previously seen him banned from venues across Britain - while he's even been told he wasn't welcome at Middlesbrough Town Hall, a move later reversed.

And in recent years, an LGBTQ+ campaigner, film student Saffron Kershaw-Mee, dubbed him a "dusty old racist" as she spearheaded a campaign to get him banned from Newcastle, arguing his routine had no place in the #MeToo modern world. When asked if he was bothered, Roy replied: "Am I f***".

And for Roy, the answer to the long-running problem is a simple one. If you are offended, stay away.

"People who come to the show know exactly what they are coming for... a good laugh," he added.

"It's an act with one sole purpose, and that is to put a smile on people's faces, certainly not to offend, which I'm sure all will agree is much needed in these present times."

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Author:IAN JOHNSON ian.johnson01@reachplc.com
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2021
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