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Mrs Brown's Boys. It's not just Irish eyes smiling at Mrs Brown Weekly News 12 07 2014 by Murray Scougall
Like so many overnight successes, Brendan O'Carroll's was years in the making. When his alter ego --- foul mouthed Dublin mammy Mrs Brown -- arrived on our TV screens three years ago, the show quickly picked up a loyal audience. From a rating of 2.6 million viewers for the first episode to in excess of 11 million for the latest Christmas specials, it's rise shows no sign of abating. Now it's on the big screen, with Mrs Brown's boys D'Movie. The 58 year old Brendan has not only met his dreams and expectations, but smashed them. "I'm very proud to see it evolving from a five-minute radio piece to a world wide movie," said Brendan, who created the character on the spur of the moment in 1992. "When I wrote the first book, my youngest son, Eric wasn't born and now he's going to be directing one of the next programmes, which will mean all the family is involved. "I smashed my dreams so long ago. "All I wanted to be was an actor and comedian. Not even a famous one, I just wanted to get by as a full time entertainer. "I think 90% of the business is like that -- they just want to be part of it and a working entertainer. "It's not about winning Oscars or BAFTA's. A fireman doesn't become a fireman to be a hero, he just wants to do his job. "When people ask me how it's going, I just say: "I'm working because that's all I ever wanted." that's just as well, because Brendan's packed schedule shows no signs of letting up. Following the filming of the movie in Dublin at the end of last year, the cast went to Australia after the Christmas break and performed to an incredible half a million people on a live tour. As well as promoting the film, the former waiter is knee deep in further writing adventures for Mrs Brown and her brood. "I'm writing the two Christmas specials for the BBC, which we'll film in October," he added. "The bosses have asked to see a script for the second movie, but I haven't signed anything yet. "I've also been asked to do something for Comic Relief. I'm of doing Brownton Abbey -- the Downton characters go on a retreat and the Brown family go over and look after the house." In the meantime, Brendan's focus is all on the brisk widow's big screen outing. "Temptation for TV shows that become movies is to take them somewhere else, like off on holiday," he added. "But I just want to show the audience her life in Dublin. "The city looks fantastic in what I've seen and I think the film will be a beautiful love letter to Dublin. "Everyone kept their eye on things as we filmed to make sure we didn't lose the shows spirit. "When I started the TV show, I told the BBC it must be as close to the live show as possible, and when it came time to go on the road again, I didn't want the TV audience saying it wasn't what they were expecting. "I've tried to do the same with the film. Mrs Brown's boys D'Movie is out now.
Dubliners in market for movie support
The TV show is recorded in front of a live audience, so not having one for the movie took some getting used to, writes Murray Scougall. But the Dublin was on hand to help out. "At first, I was waiting for the gaps in the laughter to deliver the punch line, but of course we didn't have any," Brendan said. "But there were times when we were on location that we got a good reaction. "We were filming in Moore Street, a busy Market street in the city, and there were around 2,500 people around the barrier. "In one opening scene, like something from Oliver. "At one point we walk through a block of flats where all the washing is hanging on lines. Everybody who lived there were out on their balconies, clapping along to the music. "The director said we'd have to ask them to stop, put them in the movie and let them sing away. "We had a picture taken, which we framed and gave to each person."
I've just obtained the book 'The Real Mrs. Brown' by Brendan O'Carroll. It appears to be a good read, however I'll let you know when I get into it a bit. While Brendan was A Cecil Sheridan Fan, The Saturday night star that shone brightest for him was Hal Roach, the Irish comedy legend whose catchphrase was, 'write it down' "He was a genius. He stood his left heel tucked into the arch of his right foot, his hand pulling on an invisible beard as if he were searching for the next story. He would come out with surreal gags like "Murphy found himself very late one night on the Underground subway station. And on the escalator it was written 'Dogs must be carried on the escalator' he thought, God, where am I going to find a dog at this time of night?' Hal was also my out and out favourite comic and I can remember every gag.
Here are a few typical Agnes lines: 'You've heard of Dr Dolittle -- this is Dr Do Fuckall.' And where would Mrs Brown be without a malapropism or two? It says, 'You should splash cold water on you're scrotum.' What if you drive a volkswagen?' What Brendan seems to have developed cleverly is Agnes's fractured personality. While she is able to ape motherly love, there's part of her that's judgemental. She loves her gay son Rory to bits, but still wonders 'if they'll find a cure'. She encourages daughter Cathy to find love. But then points out Cathy's best years are behind her and she better not be too fussy. She looks after Grandad, who's not even a blood relation. But reminds him every single day that he's one step closer to his coffin' Agnes welcomes Buster Brady into her home as if he were one of her sons. But then reminds the rest of the family to check their handbags and wallets when he's gone. 'Buster,' she says hugging the baseball capped rascal, almost teary eyed. 'yes, Mrs Brown?' 'Buster you're the son I never wanted.' She's consistently funny. And thought-provoking. When a couple of Mormons come to the door, their unrelenting oversell of the bible is halted immediately by on of Agnes line. 'If Noah had two of every breed of animal on a small boat, how could two hamsters cause so so much chaos in one house?.
Snobs are wrong on Mrs. Brown
Yet more proof that the metropolitan Twitterland are out of touch. My husband took to twitter, as they say, to praise his Favourite TV show, Mrs. Brown's Boys -- whereupon a slew of luvvie hate was sprayed in his direction. But what they don't realise is that Mrs. B's Boys is like Spike Milligan in a lift: funny on so many levels. There is a direct vaudevillian appeal to this show that owes something to Donald McGill's saucy seaside postcards, something to Panto and something to the comedy tradition of Dick Emery and Les Dawson. There is also a fantastic life-affirming brio about Brendon O'Carroll, who plays Mrs. Brown. No wonder that Mrs. Brown's Boys was recently voted sitcom of the 21st century in a Radio Times poll. Just as with Brexit ,the sneering social media snobs don't understand the country they love to partonise.
007 just one of the Boys. COMEDY HOPE: Roger.
James Bond legend Sir Roger Moore wants to appear in foul-mouthed BBC comedy Mrs. Brown's Boys. The 007 favourite is a huge fan of the show and desperate for comedy bosses to give him a cameo roll. Chatting ahead of the latest UK tour of his one-man show, An Afternoon With: Sir Roger Moore, the 89-year-old revealed: "I just love Mrs. Brown's Boys. "My wife already thinks I'm disgusting for watching it, but I love it. "It appeals to me because I have such a filthy mind. It's genius writing.
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