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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Chubby looks to have lost it a bit

SOME tasks are approached with excitement, some with sadness.

Some are easy, some are difficult. Then all of a sudden you are tasked with writing a review for the latest Chubby Brown show.

Now that is a challenge indeed.

An impossible task you might think, to review a performance by an odd-shaped man, dressed in multi-coloured jacket and trousers, topped off with his trademark flying helmet.

Chubby Brown appeared at The Forum on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week to packed houses. Why are they packed? Well, I guess it’s because he’s controversial, the exact opposite of political correctness, the legendary abuse to his fellow man, the downright disgusting attitude to women and his disrespect for almost anything and everything.

Roy is a character, a showman, an entertainer. He either floats your boat or he sinks it with an Exocet.

Then there are people like me. I’m non-plussed about the guy.

Some of his jokes are funny but they’d be funny whoever told them. Some of them are sickening but because it’s him with his proven track record, it has the audience rocking with laughter.

They were all there, from bankers to builders, from ice-cream men to policemen.

No-one was safe from the Chubby Brown vulgarities.

There were no nice words. Nice, did I say nice? If it’s nice you want then don’t buy a ticket to see Mr Brown.

He’s as not nice as it gets but he still pulls in the punters.

I know old age comes to us all, although I couldn’t help thinking Chubby has lost it a bit.

Like the ageing crooner who struggles to reach the notes, the sparkle isn’t there anymore, the routine is tired and the dreadful songs are well past their sell-by date.

But the guy lives on and folk still buy his DVDs and over-priced T-shirts.

The funniest part of the night however, was when the guy sat next to me recalled the fact his 85-year-old nana thought Chubby was hilarious and used to have his videos on permanent re-wind.

The vision of the octogenarian, remote in one hand and cup of tea in the other, laughing at Chubby had me chuckling more than Chubby himself!

TREVOR JONES

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