A council has banned comedian Roy “Chubby” Brown from performing after residents complained about the content of his show.
According to a report by The star, the Norse was due to perform at Sheffield City Hall in January 2022.
However, following complaints from local residents, the Sheffield City Trust, with council support, banned the show.
The controversial comedian will begin a tour of the UK later this month, with a date in Wales.
Councilor Terry Fox, chairman of Sheffield City Council, told The Star: “The decision to remove Roy Chubby Brown’s show at Sheffield City Hall was made by the Sheffield City Trust, an independent charity not approved by the Sheffield City Council is controlled. We continue to support their position because, as we said at the time, we don’t feel that the nature of the show reflects the values of our city. “
It’s not the first time the comedian – whose real name is Royston Vasey – has canceled shows over allegations that his material is too offensive.
In 2019, Chubby Brown’s show at the Swansea Grand Theater was canceled after bosses said its footage “does not reflect the values of the Council”.
Critics argue that Chubby Brown’s material is racist, sexist and homophobic, but fans argue that it is “just jokes” and the cancellation of his shows is a restriction on freedom of speech.
The 76-year-old, once dubbed Britain’s rudest comedian, expressed disappointment over the recent cancellation.
He said, “At first I had a sense of anger and disbelief, but when I think about it all I feel now is disappointment and sadness about the decision and the way things are generally going.
“I have been performing annually in the town hall for over 30 years and have always had great evenings there and a wonderful collaboration with the management and staff of the town hall thousands over the years
“Now in these strange times of snowflakes and political correctness it has been decided that I am no longer welcome. Why now? Is my question ….. is my show unsuitable after 30 years in town hall ??
“Nothing has changed, the show goes behind closed doors and every advertisement clearly states: ‘If you are easily offended, please stay away!” We don’t let children in! It’s strictly 18+ and the people who come to the show know exactly what they’re coming for … a good laugh.
“It is an act with a single purpose and that is to put smiles on people’s faces, certainly not to offend, and I am sure everyone will agree that it is urgently needed at this time.
“I understand that the content of my show is not to everyone’s taste and, honestly, I totally respect it, just as the posters and advertisements clearly state, ‘If you are easily offended, please stay away’.”
A petition with now over 25,000 signatures calls for the comedian to appear in Sheffield.
However, the council stated: “However, if the show were to take place in a different venue in Sheffield that was not supported by Council funding, the independent venue would have to be in line with its own values.”
Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP Gill Furniss said it was the right thing to do.
She said, “In our diverse and welcoming city, there is no place for hateful appearances.”
The full list of Roy Chubby Brown’s dates are:
September 23 – The Princess Royal Theater, Port Talbot
September 25 – Exmouth Pavilion
October 2nd – Whitby Pavilion Complex
October 21 – Bilston Town Hall
November 06 – Oldham, Queen Elizabeth Hall
November 11th – Brierley Hill Civic Hall
November 20 – Grimsby Auditorium
December 17th – Stoke-on-Trent, Victoria Hall
December 19th – O2 Apollo Manchester
December 27th – Newcastle upon Tyne, O2 City Hall Newcastle
January 7th – York Barbican
January 28th – Scunthorpe, bathing hall
January 29th – Sheffield City Hall and Memorial Hall (Cancelled)
February 12 – Congleton Town Hall
April 15th – Cardiff, Vale Sports Arena
April 28 – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
April 29 – Basildon, Towngate Theater & Mirren Studio
May 06 – Shildon Civic Hall
May 07 – Shildon Civic Hall