The comic, whose real name is Royston Vasey, 76, was scheduled to perform at Sheffield City Hall in January 2022. After swathes of complaints from locals, councillors decided to pull the gig due to the controversial nature of his comedy.
Brown, who has been a stand up since the 1960s, has since spoken out about the cancellation in a lengthy Facebook post. He wrote: “At first I had a sense of anger and disbelief, but on reflection, I now feel just disappointment and sadness with the decision and the way things are going generally.
“I have been performing at Sheffield City Hall for 30+ years…Now, in these strange times of snowflakes and political correctness, it has been decided that I am no longer welcome.”
More than 4,000 fans have now jumped to the comedian’s defence. One furious user said: “Snowflakes falling everywhere. People who have heard his jokes and like him will of course book to see him, people who don’t like him can stay away.”
Andrew Snelling, chief executive of Sheffield City Trust, previously defended the decision to pull the gig saying: “As our entertainment venues reopen following lockdown restrictions, we have been reviewing our programme of events.
“We have decided to remove the rescheduled show by comedian Roy Chubby Brown at Sheffield City Hall.
“We don’t believe this show reflects Sheffield City Trust values, particularly our ambition that our leisure, culture and entertainment venues are inclusive for all in Sheffield.”