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Saturday March 1, 2003
Cancer-striken comic's crude health
Roy "Chubby" Brown
Roy "Chubby" Brown delived an energetic night of comedy despite recent cancer treatment

The tickets warned that Roy "Chubby" Brown could be offensive and yes, it was truly blue. Our man loved it.

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The Oxford Apollo, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AG
Tel: 0870 606 3500

The Oxford Playhouse
Beaumont Street
Oxford
Ox1 2LW
Tel 01865 305305
Oxford Playhouse

Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road
Oxford OX4 1RE
Tel 01865 792209
Pegasus Theatre

Burton Taylor Theatre
Gloucester Street, Oxford
OX1 2BN
Tel: 01865 305 305

Burton Taylor Theatre

Old Fire Station Theatre
40 George Street, Oxford
OX1 2AQ
Tel: 01865 297 170

The Jericho Comedy Club
Upstairs at the Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton Street,
Jericho, Oxford OX2 6AE
Tel:01865 311 775
The Jericho Comedy Club

Modern Art Oxford
Admission is Free
Open: Tues - Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 12:00-17:00, closed Mon. Late openings on event nights

Modern Art Oxford

Tel. 01865 722733 Recorded info 01865 813830

The Mill at Sonning
Sonning Eye, near Reading
0118 969 8000

Jongleurs Comedy Club, 3-5 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2EW.
Jongleurs

Railway Inn
A415 Culham
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
Tel: 01367 710 593

Music at Oxford
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Review by Sam Abercromby

The historic venue of the Oxford Apollo is not usually connected with a man who has been banned from most stages, but that is what happened when Roy "Chubby" Brown performed for one night only on Friday.

The theatre was packed to almost full capacity by a mixture of loyal fans and people curious to see "the rudest and crudest" comedian in Britain.

Beer flowed easily and people seemed in good spirits.

We weren’t disappointed when "The Helmet" erupted onto the stage in a manner more befitting a pro boxer.

After being blasted by the sound of The Prodigy, the theatre rang out in chorus to welcome him on, with words I can’t repeat here.

Despite recovering from an aggressive cancer of the vocal chord he started full of energy and for a comedian renowned for being bluer than a frozen Smurf he certainly lived up to expectation.

No one was safe from his mouth as he raced through many topical issues in traditional bad taste, ranging from Iraq to Pop Idol.

He also managed to add his own brand of humour to several well-known songs, which he invited us to sing along with.

The ticket warned, "If easily offended please stay away," and this was sound advice.

I managed to count two clean jokes throughout the entire act – it certainly wasn’t a family show.

Despite the energy his voice was still slightly strained from his operation, and at a few points the act slowed a little, but it didn’t detract from the overall performance.

After a 70-minute set he finished in very much the manner in which he came in, with deafening applause from the audience, myself included.

If you like your comedy extremely crude but still very funny, and you’re not easily offended, then I would certainly recommend seeing Chubby next time he’s around.

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