Roy 'Chubby' Brown
Roy "Chubby" Brown is an English
English people
The English are a nation and ethnic group native to England, who speak English. The English identity is of early mediaeval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Anglecynn. England is now a country of the United Kingdom, and the majority of English people in England are British Citizens...

 stand-up comedian
Stand-up comedy
Stand-up comedy is a comedic art form. Usually, a comedian performs in front of a live audience, speaking directly to them. Their performances are sometimes filmed for later release via DVD, the internet, and television...

, notorious for his decidedly blue humour. The controversial nature of his act means that he rarely appears on major television channels, and Brown has attracted accusations that his comedy style is outdated whilst also being described as "The most important comedian of the past 25 years". It is claimed that he performs to over 350,000 people each year.

Early life and career

Brown was born in Grangetown
Grangetown, North Yorkshire
Grangetown is a township in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the outskirts of Middlesbrough between the town and ICI Wilton. It is approximately 3.3 miles east of Middlesbrough centre and 4.4 miles from Redcar. Although...

, in Redcar
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, North Riding of Yorkshire
North Riding of Yorkshire
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, and left home at the age of fourteen. He has a brother, Ray. He lived rough and held many jobs, at one time joining the merchant navy, and served time in borstal
A borstal was a type of youth prison in the United Kingdom, run by the Prison Service and intended to reform seriously delinquent young people. The word is sometimes used loosely to apply to other kinds of youth institution or reformatory, such as Approved Schools and Detention Centres. The court...

 and prison. He later moved into working men's club
Working men's club
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s in the 1960s, first as a drummer and later as a comedy act, under the name 'Alcock & Brown'. He appeared on the television show New Faces
New Faces
New Faces was a British television talent show popular in the 1970s and 1980s, presented originally by Derek Hobson. It was produced by ATV Network Limited for the ITV Network. The first run of the show was from 29 September 1973 to 2 April 1978 and was recorded at the ATV Centre, Birmingham...

 in the 1970s and came second in the show, losing to a country and western band. Brown failed the audition for Opportunity Knocks after saying the word 'arse
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' during his interview.

Success as a blue comedian

Part of Brown's image is his stage costume; he typically wears a flying helmet
Leather helmet
A leather helmet is a form of protective headgear fashioned primarily out of leather .People have manufactured leather clothing, including headgear, for millennia....

 and goggles
Goggles or safety glasses are forms of protective eyewear that usually enclose or protect the area surrounding the eye in order to prevent particulates, water or chemicals from striking the eyes. They are used in chemistry laboratories and in woodworking. They are often used in snow sports as well,...

, a multicoloured patchwork jacket and trousers, white shirt, red bow tie and moccasin
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During his long career, he has caused offence by mocking various concepts, including race, women, the Queen Mother
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
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 (whose death occurred hours before Standing Room Only began recording) and himself. His ribald act causes offence to many, yet he maintains a strong fan base. Brown's shows are rarely seen on television, as nearly all of his material is highly sexist and contains a lot of strong language, especially the word "cunt
Cunt is a vulgarism, primarily referring to the female genitalia, specifically the vulva, and including the cleft of Venus. The earliest citation of this usage in the 1972 Oxford English Dictionary, c 1230, refers to the London street known as Gropecunt Lane...

". However, a show about Brown's comedy was broadcast on Channel 4
Channel 4
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 on 8 May 2007.

One of the rituals of his shows is that they always start with the crowd shouting "You fat bastard!" repeatedly, to which he dances. He then approaches the microphone and says "fuck off!" This heckling occasionally continues during his act.

His real name, Royston Vasey
Royston Vasey
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, was used as the namesake for the fictional town in the comedy television show The League of Gentlemen
The League of Gentlemen (comedy)
The League of Gentlemen are a quartet of British dark comedy writers/performers, formed in 1995 by Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith...

. He also made several cameo appearances as the foulmouthed mayor of the town.

In the 1980's VHS and cassette versions of his live performances were available to buy at the live shows, With the advent of low cost CD & DVD duplicating the formats available have changed. Old originals of Brown's VHS and Cassette audio tapes have been found to be sought after and by some deemed quite collectable.


In 1993 Brown released a film called U.F.O
U.F.O. (film)
U.F.O. is a 1993 British sci-fi spoof that stars Roy 'Chubby' Brown in the role of a blue comedian whose act offends a pair of female aliens, who proceed to kidnap him and put him on trial....

. starring himself and Roger Lloyd Pack
Roger Lloyd Pack
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; in it he is abducted by aliens while staying in a hotel in Blackpool
Blackpool is a borough, seaside town, and unitary authority area of Lancashire, in North West England. It is situated along England's west coast by the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, northwest of Preston, north of Liverpool, and northwest of Manchester...

 during his live shows.

In 2012, Brown is set to appear as a talking lamppost in Robin Sheppard's film adaptation
Apples (film)
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 of Richard Milward
Richard Milward
Richard Milward is an English writer born in Middlesbrough, in 1984. His debut novel Apples was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. He has also recently published his 2nd novel Ten Storey Love Song....

's book, Apples.


One of his best known songs is "Living Next Door to Alice (Who the Fuck is Alice?)" — a cover version of "Living Next Door to Alice" recorded with Smokie
Smokie (band)
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The record spent 19 weeks in the UK chart, peaking at number 3.

He released a solo single in the winter of 1996 called "A Rocking Good Christmas", written by Ray Hedges
Ray Hedges
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; this reached number 51.

Brown has also released two albums, Take Fat and Party (1995) and Fat Out of Hell (1996); they achieved positions 29 and 67 in the UK album charts respectively.

Personal life

Brown is married to Helen, his third wife, with children and has homes in Middlesbrough
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 and Lincolnshire
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. In 2003 he was fined £200 in Blackpool
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 for assaulting a fan who had sworn at him; of the incident, Brown said "I have traditional values and I wanted the man to stop swearing in front of women and children who were on the pier."

Brown was diagnosed with throat cancer
Head and neck cancer
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 in 2002, and had a vocal cord removed. In 2006 he released an autobiography, Common as Muck: The Autobiography of Roy 'Chubby' Brown. He is also co-owner of the racehorse "Rasaman".

On 8 April 2009 Brown's son, Martin Reilly, 36, of Stillington, County Durham
Stillington, County Durham
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, was jailed for four years for conspiracy to supply cocaine
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 and possession of heroin and cannabis
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, having admitted offences dating from a November 2008 arrest. Brown was understood to have little contact with his son.

On 12 December 2009, it was announced that Brown was facing a charge of common assault on a woman, after an incident in a car park in Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough is a large town situated on the south bank of the River Tees in north east England, that sits within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire...

 on 2 September 2009. At Teesside Magistrates' Court on 5 January 2010, Brown denied the charges via his solicitor. He was acquitted on 16 March 2010.

He is a supporter of Middlesbrough F.C.
Middlesbrough F.C.
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Stand up releases

Whilst Brown has been performing for over 30 years, his live shows have been released around Christmas time since 1990. They have been released by Channel 5 (1990), PolyGram (1991–1998) and Universal (1999–present) Between 1990 and 1999 they were released only on VHS, between 2000 and 2004 they were released on VHS and DVD, between 2005 and 2009 they were released only on DVD and from 2010 they were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The release due for November 2011 will be delayed in 2012 due to venue, technical and timing issues.


  • From Inside The Helmet (1990)
  • The Helmet Rides Again (1991)
  • The Helmet's Last Stand (1992)
  • Exposed (1993)
  • U.F.O. (1993) (film)
  • Jingle Bollocks (1994)
  • Clitoris Allsorts (1995)
  • Saturday Night Beaver (1996)
  • Obscene and Not Heard (1997)
  • Chubby Goes Down Under and Other Sticky Places (1998)
  • You Fat Bastard! (1999)
  • Thunder Bollocks (2000)
  • Stocking Filler! (2001)
  • Standing Room Only! (2002)
  • Bad Taste (2003)
  • Giggling Lips (2004)
  • King Thong (2005)
  • Kick-Arse Chubbs (2006)
  • The Good, the Bad & the Fat Bastard (2007)
  • Dirty Weekend In Blackpool (2008)
  • Too Fat to Be Gay (2009)
  • Pussy and Meatballs (2010)

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