Yorkshire venue has 'no plans to cancel' Chubby Brown gig despite protest

The owner of Whitby Pavilion said there are no plans to cancel Chubby Brown’s upcoming performance despite a planned protest.

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Chubby Brown

The controversial comedian, whose real name is Royston Vasey, is due to perform at the venue on Saturday, October 2 but protesters claim his jokes are offensive and divisive.

They are calling on Scarborough Borough Council, which owns Whitby Pavilion, to call off the gig and are planning to stage a protest outside the venue on the night of the performance.

Caitlin Webb-Ellis, 33, who organised the protest, said the comedian’s language and his acts “aren't acceptable” and councils “ shouldn't be endorsing this kind of thing”.

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    The performance was booked by the previous operator Sheffield International Venues and was due to go ahead in October 2020, but it was postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    A Scarborough Borough Council spokesman said: "As the new operator we don't make a judgement about an act which isn't law breaking but we do recognise that Mr Chubby Brown has a form of humour that some people will find objectionable and highly offensive.

    "Other venues may take a different view, but there are no plans to cancel the performance in Whitby. It is a personal choice whether someone wishes to pay to see him on stage."

    The venue’s website states: “The legendary Chubby Brown may not be everyone’s cup of tea but a lot of people like tea! Chubby came from a tough start in life to become one of the most successful comedians in the world.”

    Mr Vasey has been approached for a comment.

    The North Yorkshire comic recently spoke out against the cancellation of his gig at Sheffield City Hall, which was scheduled for January, and more than 39,000 people have signed a petition which states he should be allowed to perform.

    Sheffield City Trust, which runs the venue, said his acts does not reflect its values.

    In a statement released after the cancellation, the comedian said he felt “anger and disbelief”.