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02nd Jul 2023

Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll ‘doesn’t give a f***’ if show offends anyone

Charlie Herbert

Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll 'doesn't give a f***' if show offends anyone

He compared his show to a Ricky Gervais stand-up set

Creator and star of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Brendan O’Carroll has hit back at critics of the show, saying he doesn’t “give a f**k” if they’re insulted.

O’Carroll created the BBC sitcom and plays the titular Mrs Brown in the show. Since it first aired in 2011, the show has become one of the most divisive comedies of recent years, building up a loyal fan base along with an equally passionate group of people who can’t stand it.

The Irish star’s declaration comes ahead of the the sitcom’s stage tour later this summer, which starts in Glasgow on August 25.

O’Carroll warned that he won’t be holding back, and compared his shows to what fans may expect from going to see a Ricky Gervais standup show, where fans “know what you’re going to get”.

He told the Daily Star: “I don’t deliberately try to be outrageous. But when someone says they feel insulted, I think, ‘I don’t give a f*** if you’re insulted’. I don’t care.”

O’Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney, who plays Mrs Brown’s daughter in the sitcom (Getty)

The comedian continued: “When you go to see Ricky Gervais on stage, you know what you’re going to get.

“So don’t be surprised by what he says things… of course he’s going to say those things. That’s what he does.

“That’s what comedians are supposed to do. They’re supposed to ride along the edge.”

He also explained that by dressing up as his Mrs Brown alter-ego, he’s able to say and do more outrageous things than if he was just being himself on stage, admitting “she gets away with stuff that I’d never f***ing get away with”.

He explained: “She’s 70 and when you get to that age, you don’t give a s***. You don’t worry about what people think of you.

“You’ve been there and bought the T-shirt… or in her case bought the bra. That’s her attitude. I love getting to do that.”

The last full series of Mrs Brown’s Boys aired in 2013 but since then it has returned for a number of festive specials.

However, in recent years these have been performing poorly in terms of viewing figures and have been continuously panned by critics.

Last year, he told the Sun that he ‘doesn’t think about’ the ‘woke’ critics of the show.

“I don’t think about them, I write the show I write,” O’Carroll shared.

“I don’t ever think of myself as being a man playing a woman, when Mrs Brown goes out on that stage she is a woman.”

Speaking about criticism he gets for playing a woman in the show, he added: “Where do you draw the line? Is it okay for Leonardo DiCaprio to play a carpenter or do we get a carpenter?

“Shouldn’t we get the best person for the job?”

Mrs Brown’s Boys first aired in 2011, and is set to return to our screens this year for a mini-series as part of belated 10th anniversary celebrations.

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