CONTROVERSIAL comic Roy Chubby Brown is heading to Bolton with his meatiest show yet.

All tickets for the burly funnyman’s latest stand-up show at the Albert Halls — Who Ate All the Pies? — have been snapped up.

The 69-year-old’s career in comedy began in the 1970s and, despite his sarcastic blue humour not being everyone’s cup of tea, he continues to tour the country for most of the year.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s return to Bolton, he said: “I’m quite chuffed, they just told me it’s sold out.

“Show business is on its knees at the moment.

“There are brass bands, ballets, plays, musicals, other solo acts, groups, everyone trying to get into venues.”

Now in his 46th year of performing, people can expect to hear Roy’s inimitable brand of rude, crude gags and rip-roaring banter.

He said: “When you come to see me, we shut the doors and we’re having a party, a laugh.

“People who come to see me after all this time, they are not offended by anything.

“People who are offended don’t come.

“I just plod along. If it’s funny, I will say it.

“I’m not political, I’m not one of these Free Willy people, I’m no Green Party.

“If I hear something funny or think of something funny, I will say it. That’s where the rough edges come in.

“I say things people are thinking. I call a spade a spade.”

It is the father-of-seven’s first visit to the town since the cancellation of a show in October, planned to take place at the Reebok Stadium, now the Macron Stadium.

Instead, he provided the laughs at a birthday celebration for Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney after he was contacted by his wife, Coleen, to make a surprise appearance.

His routine, at a Manchester city centre restaurant, went down a storm and he even included gags about having had a hair transplant, following the England international’s procedure in 2011.

Roy, whose real name is Royston Vasey, said: “Apparently I’m his favourite comedian.

“I wrote some stuff to incorporate into the act.”

Although known for his outrageous and close to the bone style of comedy, his material was very different when he first started out.

He said: “I was a clean comic in the early days.

“You got sent on these stag nights and hen nights and you got a lot more money.

“I would get £35 for being a clean comic and a £100 for being a dirty comic.

“At that time, I had a young wife and a young baby.

“I was in it to earn a living, that was it.”
In 1974, he appeared on the same bill as another controversial comedian, the late Bernard Manning who told him: “Even I don’t use some of those jokes!”

Roy, who was a drummer with a pop group in the 1960s, said: “Bernard and I became great friends.

“The day Bernard died, he rang my house in the morning but I was out.

“He left me a message on the phone and I got BT to put it onto a CD.

“It’s one of my most prized possessions.”

Twelve years ago, the Teesside comic and his family were devastated when he was diagnosed with throat cancer which led to him having a vocal cord removed.

Roy, whose favourite way to relax is playing the piano, said: “In 2002, I got cancer and I’ve only got half a throat.

“Healthwise, I’m fine. I go to the gym and I walk on the machine, I go out on my bike.

“But now and again, my throat goes and I do have to cancel.

“Sometimes I get up and I sound like Louis Armstrong.”