Coming on stage to an audience chorus of "you fat bastard", Roy Chubby Brown is back in his latest live show 'Who Ate All The Pies?'. Still wearing his trademark multicoloured patchwork suit, flying helmet and googles, it's hard to believe that the potty-mouthed comedian is now 68.
Roy certainly hasn't calmed with age, maintaining his cheeky delivery and no-holds-barred subject matter. His wife, mother-in-law, celebrity scandals, sexual experiences and orientation, race, and the audience are all fair game. A variety one-liners, puns, shocking anecdotes and cheesy cabaret songs such as "Protect your bumedy, bum, bum" make up his routine, accompanied by a barrage of swear words throughout.
While some of his jokes hit the mark, others felt overly familiar and dated. There's no denying that his audience lapped it up however, seemingly having a far better time than I did. Though perhaps the show is better enjoyed with a pint rather than a cup of tea?
Once the show has concluded, Chubby makes a point of distinguishing that his jokes are part of an act, rather than his personal viewpoint. While I found some of the subject matter uncomfortable (as was his intention), it's a shame when an entertainer has to pre-emptively justify his performance in these politically correct times.
As Roy Chubby Brown's 30th DVD release, 'Who Ate All The Pies?' is unlikely to win over the previously turned off or easily offended, but is worth a watch if you've enjoyed his previous performances. While I personally rate this show as a 2, add an additional star if you're a fan.