Born in Grangetown in Middlesborough in North Yorkshire, Roy Chubby brown’s real name is Royston Vasey. You might have heard his real name used as the name of the town in which the popular 90’s comedy The League of Gentlemen is set. He also starred in the comedy as the mayor of the fictional town.
Leaving home at 14 he spent time living rough and eventually joined the merchant navy. After leaving the navy Roy ended up living hand to mouth and eventually got arrested and ended up in Borstal soon to be followed by prison. Whilst in prison, he read a book called ‘I Owe Russia $1200’ by Bob Hope and this made him want to become a stand up comedian.
Once he was out of prison Roy began performing at workingmen’s clubs in a band called The Pipelines with his cousins. Once The Pipelines split, he formed a comedy duo with one of the other members of the band and called themselves Alcock and Brown. They shared their surnames with the pilots of the first transatlantic flight and that why they wore goggles on stage as a gimmick. This stuck with Roy throughout his career. Roy was asked by his manager to try ‘blue comedy’. He was the first comic in the UK to use the word ‘c**t’ on stage.
As with many acts he appeared on the TV programme ‘New Faces’ in the 1970’s and came second. He failed an audition for ‘Opportunity Knocks’ after saying the word ‘arse’!
Roy Chubby Brown’s image consists of wearing a rainbow, clown inspired costume along with goggles and a flying helmet, a white shirt, red bowtie and moccasin slippers.
He has been well know throughout his career to insult ethnic minorities on stage as well as women in general. Chubby Brown shows are very rarely shown on TV but in May 2007, channel 4 broadcasted a show called ‘Roy Chubby Brown: Britain’s Rudest Comedian’.
In 1995 he released his parody of song ‘Living Next Door to Alice’ by Smokie, “Living Next Door to Alice (Who the Fuck is Alice?) which was hugely successful and spent 27 weeks in the UK singles chart.