The man once touted as Britain’s bluest comedian is coming to Northampton... but not as we know him.
Teeside’s Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown has spent the best part of half a century carving a giant following with his brand of foul-mouthed humour delivered from behind the customary bow tie and flight goggles.
But the 69-year-old says his latest tour is about getting to know the man behind the outfit.
The star is set to take to the stage at Barratts Snooker Club, in Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton, on Thursday, May 8, for An Audience With Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, a far more sudbued show (he says) where he will open up about his controversial life and 40-year career in showbusiness.
He told WOW247: “It’s about showing the other side of me.
“People always say to me, are you like this at home?
“But I have children and I don’t allow them to swear in the house.
“When I put the goggles on I’m just a gag-teller.”
Love him or loathe him, there is no denying Roy’s life has been as colourful as his trademark patchwork jacket.
A year after joining the Merchant Navy in 1960, Brown was stabbed by a chef following an argument.
A fall out with a promoter in Turkey saw the controversial comic avoid death again after being shot at.
By the time he was 19, he had been married, divorced and had fathered two children.
“I’ve been a bit of a jack-the-lad,” he said. “It took me 35 years to grow up.”
But his latest diversion from the gag-heavy stand-up routine towards a more introspective look at his life perhaps comes as no surprise.
A decade ago, Brown was diagnosed with throat cancer, which led to him having to have a vocal cord removed.
“When you have sat in a doctor’s waiting room and he tells you I don’t know how long you’ve got, it changes things,” he said. “I thought that was it.
“I had just got married at the time and my wife was heartbroken.
“But 10 years later I’m still here and I’m still owing everyone money.”
Despite the show’s change in tone, there will be some who would rather avoid even a tamer- tongued Brown.
After all, the man judged too rude for television spent 25 years performing on stages such as the Royal & Derngate before being banned from the theatre.
But Brown, born Royston Vasey, insists his humour is no worse than many other comedians on the circuit today.
“When you compare me to someone like Frankie Boyle, I’m the Archbishop of Canterbury,” he said.
“I don’t understand why I’m classed as unsuitable in some places now.
“It’s a strange world but it wouldn’t work if we were all the same.”
An Audience with Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown takes place on Thursday, May 8, from 7.30pm at Northampton’s Barratts Snooker Club. Tickets are on sale now costing £20.
For more information call Barratts on 01604 721777.