THE announcement that controversial comedian Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is returning to Barrow has divided the community.

The stand-up comedian who has been performing all across Britain in a career spanning since the 1970s will be performing at The Forum on March 10.

The contentious character performed to a sold-out crowd in Barrow in 2019 despite a storm of negativity in the weeks leading up to his show.

‘Chubby’s’ sarcastic blue humour, which often pokes fun at disabled and ethnic audience members, has caused a number of his shows to be cancelled across the UK.

In 2019, former Barrow MP John Woodcock urged The Forum to consider cancelling his shows after being contacted by a disabled constituent who was ‘mercilessly pilloried’ by the entertainer when he visited Barrow in 2016.

However, Barrow audience members turned up in their hundreds to see the Yorkshire comedian deliver some of his most outrageous jokes.

And the controversial comedian is returning to The Forum stage in March, which has polarised the Barrow community, with some calling for the upcoming show to be cancelled and others declaring their excitement for the gig.

Jessie Critch said: “I wouldn't pay to go to the end of the street to see him, I don’t know why he's still entertaining.”

Dave Probert said: “Don't chastise those that do want to go, that's a personal choice. If you don't like him, then don't go! Don't pay money knowing who he is and what type of humour he brings just to complain afterwards.”

Steve Low said: “If you don't like his type of show don't go however, offstage the guy supports many different charitable organisations and is miles away from his onstage persona.”

Helen Cummings said: “I used to like him but he goes too far now.”

Barrow’s MP Simon Fell argued that people should make up their own minds about whether to see ‘Chubby’ in March or not.

He said: “He’s not my cup of tea, but I think we’ve had enough things banned and cancelled over the last few years. People should be able to make their own minds up about whether they want to see him or not.”

Tickets for the show are available on The Forum website.