Brendan O'Carroll: Making comedy is tough without offending someone

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Brendan O'Carroll credit:Bang Showbiz
Brendan O'Carroll credit:Bang Showbiz

Brendan O'Carroll thinks it is "very hard" to make a comedy show without offending someone.

The ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ creator believes it is tricky to make people laugh without making others angry, and joked he feels "left out" that he hasn't been "cancelled" yet.

The 66-year actor - who plays Agnes Brown in the BBC series - told The Sun newspaper's TV Biz column: “In all seriousness, it's very hard to do a comedy show without offending somebody.

“I must admit I almost want to get cancelled because with all these other things going, I feel a bit left out.

“But if the BBC write their policy on what goes on TV based on what’s said on social media then the BBC have lost a sense of their own being.

“It’s the audience that makes the call - and the best device for cancelling something is the remote control.”

Among the millions of people who watch the show, the BBC One programme a list of celebrity fans, including pop superstar Beyonce and broadcaster Oprah Winfrey.

Brendan added: “We had Tyler Perry making a guest appearance and we were sitting together having a coffee and he said in an offhand way, ‘I showed some clips of this to Beyonce and she thought it was hilarious. And Oprah thinks it’s brilliant too.'

“And of course in the UK the palace [Buckingham Palace] asked for advanced copies of the show. The Queen gets it, and given the last two years she’s had if we can make her smile this year I’ll be very happy.”

Earlier this week, Brendan paid tribute to a Dennis Knotts, a crew member of the show who died after contracting COVID.

He said: “He was the most adorable man and actually, we dedicated the Christmas episode to him, we loved him very much."

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