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Mrs Brown's Boys: I love the lines that are not in the script

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Brendan O'Carroll Brendan O'Carroll | 14:05 UK time, Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Welcome to the world of Agnes Brown. It's a world where family comes first, authority is to be challenged, and everything always works out in the end.

What began in 1999 as a five minute comedy series for RTÉ 2fm (Ireland's equivalent of Radio 2), and then became a five-part stage trilogy, has at last reached BBC TV screens all over the United Kingdom.

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Thanks to the team the producer Stephen McCrum has put around me, I am involved in every aspect of the TV show.

As well as being the writer, and playing the lead female role of Mrs Brown, Stephen allows me to have an opinion on the overall look and feel of the show.

The series, which is set in Dublin, features Agnes Brown, a widow since 1986, and her family.

The family is made up of Agnes' sons Mark, Rory, Dermot, Trevor and her only daughter, the ever-suffering Cathy.

All of Agnes' children are in their early 30s, but to Agnes they will always be five years old.

As the family live their day to day lives, we see how Agnes attempts to solve all of their problems - especially the ones she has created for them.

Agnes is a complete contradiction of herself, for instance chastising her children for the slightest use of strong language, but having a fishwife's tongue herself.

With Agnes it's very much a case of "don't do what I do, do what I say."

Do you know, when people asked if Agnes was influenced by my own mother, I used to answer "no" and let me explain why.

My mother was quite an extraordinary woman. She began as a nun with a Bachelor Of Arts degree from Galway University, left the Order, married my Dad and had 11 children.

She was also the first woman elected to the Irish parliament for the Labour party and, indeed in that year, the only woman in parliament.

However, as I have gone on with Agnes Brown's life, I am beginning to realise that the only difference between the two is that my mother had an education.

Mrs Brown, played by Brendan O'Carroll, sits on the sofa next to Dermot Brown, played by Paddy Houlihan, who is dressed as a penguin.

So I suppose Agnes is my mother - with all of her wisdom, but not her education. And, as my mother would say, don't confuse education with intelligence.

And she was so right. I am a member of Mensa but I left school at 12 years of age, and I am dyslexic.

If ever there was anyone that was not going to be a writer or performer it was me.

I didn't do my first stand-up gig until I was 35 years old. For the 22 years before that, I was a waiter (five times Waiter Of The Year, I might add).

I swear to you that I still wake up every morning thinking, "This is the day they will find out I am really a waiter and not a writer, and they'll want their money back."

But I think people confuse being a writer with things like using the correct tense or being able to spell properly, and it has nothing to do with that.

Those are all things you can learn. Being a writer is about being able to tell a story - that's it, nothing else - and you can't learn that.

I'm very lucky in that I have always had a wonderful memory, particularly for dialogue, but I have absolutely no idea how the jokes come to me.

I hear things, I see things and they make me laugh. Somehow my brain stores them away and just when I need them they pop out. Does that make any sense?

Filming in front of a live audience was a condition I insisted upon when Stephen and I began developing the series.

We both agreed that we wanted as close a representation of the stage show as possible, and obviously a live audience is one of the key ingredients of that.

Also I knew that myself and the actors who would be transferring their performances from the stage to the screen depended on the live audience for the rhythm of our performances, so it would keep that element for us.

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The upside for me as a comedy writer is that television allows me to include more slapstick stuff than the early radio series did.

I'm a sucker for good old-fashioned fall-about comedy, and I don't care if it's old fashioned, it makes me laugh.

I have convinced myself that I always write better when I am under pressure, which is just a cover-up for leaving everything to the last minute.

I have always written alone but I have no discipline whatsoever.

My wife Jenny (Agnes' daughter Cathy in the series) is the one that drives me, as well as being an exceptional muse. Without her I would sit and read all day.

Sometimes it comes really easy, just flows. But then there are those horrible, horrible times when it is just word by word and wonder why you ever told anybody you were a writer, because you just write shite.

On the series, Stephen, realising my inexperience in writing for television, brought in a script editor to work alongside me - Paul Mayhew-Archer.

I was nervous at first of having someone kind of looking over my shoulder, so to speak. I need not have been. The man is genius.

Ever so gently, and with great encouragement, Paul eased me over the line, making a writer out of me in the process.

If this series is a success, I'm sure I will get great recognition, but truthfully, without Stephen and Paul there would be no series.

I love the lines that come to me when we are filming, that are not in the script - and, thanks to the director Ben Kellett letting me have the room to do this, there are lots and lots of them.

See if you can spot them. Hint: Watch the face of the cast when they happen - it's either a look of terror or restrained laughter.

Brendan O'Carroll is the writer of Mrs Brown's Boys and plays Agnes Brown in the show.

Mrs Brown's Boys continues on BBC One and BBC One HD on Mondays. For national variations on times, please see the upcoming episodes page.

Episode One is now available in iPlayer until Tuesday, 5 April.

You can ask Mrs Brown to solve your problems - find out how at the BBC Comedy blog.

Also producer Stephen McCrum tells the story of how he first discovered Mrs Brown on the BBC Comedy blog.

Comments made by writers on the BBC TV blog are their own opinions and not necessarily those of the BBC.

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Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    There was a time when a comedy featuring a man in a wig and frock with a strong accent would be very funny. This is not it.

    I can't get past the Little Britain-style image to appreciate the writing, I'm afraid. Maybe casting a woman would have worked, but then it wouldn't have been Brendan's Mrs Brown.

    It just doesn't work for me at all.

  • Comment number 2.

    I stumbled across this last night by accident. Actually, I'd seen the trailers and thought "I really don't fancy that". How wrong I was! And how lucky that I was able to rewind and watch the whole thing...

    It was quite simply hilarious. It looks like a typical sitcom, it travels the same path as a typical sitcom, but along the way it totally subverts the genre. Foul mouthed, inventive and just bloody funny... for me it had it all.

    Brendan, you're a great great talent, and I am glad I've found you.

    Just watch it and decide for yourself. And if you're drinking tea during "Doctor scene" put a towel over your lap...

  • Comment number 3.

    Given everything that is happening in my life at the moment I needed a laugh and this was it. This is good belly laugh humour at its best and Brendan, the cast and the crew are to be congratulated. Full marks to the BBC for bringing back true comedy.

  • Comment number 4.

    The funniest programme I have seen in a very long time, a much needed source of laughter in these times.

  • Comment number 5.

    Well, it was different.

  • Comment number 6.

    brilliant!
    the funniest thing Iv'e seen since "Noises Off"
    looking forward to the next five shows.

  • Comment number 7.

    This is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Live comedy sometimes brings tears to the eyes, this did the same. In fact my wife and I watched it twice in the same evening (on catchup), and it was just as funny the second time!

    Thank you BBC, Monday nights are now something to look forward to!

  • Comment number 8.

    Watched this by accident. Laughed till I cried, watched again later, and reacted the same! I recomended it to friends and family,to watch on iplayer and they all found it as funny as me! Absolutely laugh out loud, comedy at its best. A total winner!! Already got it on series repeat, incase I forget its on. Going on some comments, it might be an accquired taste, in comedy, but glad its mine!!

  • Comment number 9.

    Saw the trailer, and thought not for me, but ended watching, thought it was very funny, good old fashioned one liners, and slapstick, my partner who is not British, understood it and laughed as much as me, and was very funny watching the other actors trying not to laugh, that is the sign of a great comedy for me, like not going out and the stuff the 2 Ronnies did, black adder and Monty python

  • Comment number 10.

    A good laugh, I can see much of my family reflected in Mrs Brown and her crew. Give us more, just what we need in these austere times.

  • Comment number 11.

    mrs browns boys is just simply fanbloodytastick 10 out 10 side splitting is an under statement is far more than that i was bent over dubble in fits , more please

  • Comment number 12.

    Hardylane people like you make me sick! ONLY KIDDING!!! Seriously, I appreciate your comments, and that you went to the trouble of taking the time to post them shows that they are genuine, and I believe you. Listen, It's impossible to be all kinds of comic to all people, and it would be foolhardy to try. I can only write and perform what reflects my sense of humour and hope that I hit the target with like minded people. I hope you will have a peek in again at a later show, and maybe give us another chance to impress you or at least get a giggle from you, in the mean time, thanks again for taking the time. Brendan

  • Comment number 13.

    Dear Robcon, I'm glad that we have brought a smile to your face - that's the whole point of the exercise! And listen, whatever is going on right now, just hang in there... everything works out the way it's supposed to, it always does. Thank you in the mean time for taking the time to give MY spirits a lift.
    Now for the rest of you who posted comments... I'm just getting used to this blog thing, so bear with me if I am a bit slow getting back to you. Also I am on the road right now, but I promise I do read EVERY one and good or bad, I love getting them. Appreciate it xx Brendan

  • Comment number 14.

    Brilliant! Just the tonic I needed for mid-February blues. I saw the trailer but missed the programme so have caught up with this gem on iPlayer tonight in my study and have laughed so much that my husband heard me above the sound of Man. United's live match on the TV in the sitting room. The F word is so common place today that it is a pity that this programme has to be shown after the 'watershed'. Great script, great acting, great reactions to the extemporising. Roll on the next episode! Is a second series planned? I do hope so. Emandee xx

  • Comment number 15.

    I discovered this programme completely by accident on iplayer last night.
    Not being able to do much after a knee operation I needed cheering up and this prog was the one to do it ! Absolutely marvelous. It was quite clear from the expressions of the cast that some of Mrs Brown's antics were unexpected and ad libbed - I haven't laughed out loud like this for a while. MORE PLEASE !!!!!!

  • Comment number 16.

    WOW what a great programme - the best laugh in ages - so good I watched it a second time on iPlayer and it was even better as I spent most of my first time rolling on the floor laughing. What do you recomend for an aching belly?

  • Comment number 17.

    I really wasn't in the mood to laugh,but this just snuck up on me.I tried I really did,but I ended up having a good giggle.It brightened my evening.I have set my recorder for next week.Well done to all involved,there's something quite refreshing about such obvious in your face humour.

  • Comment number 18.

    Well, episode number 2 this Monday. I wish I could say that I am less anxious now because it's up and running, but I'm not. I have three children (2 of which, Fiona and Danny are in the show) and this feeling is worse than the feeling I had the night each of them were born - does it get any easier??? God I hope so. Brendan O'Carroll xx

  • Comment number 19.

    My Husband is suffering with depression since Christmas and I've had a tough and miserable time I can tell you. So on Monday night whilst I was cooking dinner... the TV was on when all of a sudden I heard my Husband laughing. Then he laughed again... then a few more times, so went in to see why and there you were... Mrs Brown. I had been glimpsing the programme whilst cooking dinner and didn't think much as I really wasn't concentrating on it. I thought it was just another rubbishy sit-com. But for it to make my Husband laugh was a miracle. He said to me "you must watch this, it's so funny"... so I did, and it really is the funniest thing I have watched since, I don't know when! Brendan, you are a genius, not only because you made my very depressed Husband laugh but the comedy itself is sheer genius and it takes a lot to make me laugh too! I normally don't like the 'f' word in comedy, but with the Irish accent and the way you actually say the 'f' word is absolutely hilarious. I can't wait till Monday night for the next episode. I am just about to recommend it to my friends on facebook. So Brendan, thank you for bringing us an excellent new comedy programme. I think you could be winning a few comedy awards in the future. Monica.

  • Comment number 20.

    Dearest Monica,
    Over the last week I have read various reviews of the show in the newspapers and magazines. Most were very positive and those that were not, were scathing! I don't care. I don't care about the good ones, I don't care about the bad ones. The review I will cherish most is your comment above. I sit writing this, alone and usually in the early hours, with my cup of tea and me fag, always in the hope that what I am writing will be funny and even important to someone. Your blog above, has made the entire making of this series worth while for me. I thank you, I thank your husband and I wish him well. It takes tremendous courage to live with and battle each day this debilitating scourge of depression. I am very lucky that I have never suffered with it, but I have many, too many, friends that do. So Monica, sit yourselves down in front of the telly next Monday and laugh, and remember this.... I wrote this FOR YOU xxxxx

  • Comment number 21.

    Mrs Browns Boys is Fantastic ! I was so pleased to see that the TV show is so close to the stage show which i have seen on many occassions. It really cheered me up and my friends are now becoming fans of Agnes Brown. It is a real tonic and just what we need when there is so much doom and gloom around. I cant wait to see the rest. Thank you .

  • Comment number 22.

    Just watched the first episode on the I player (thank god for facebook!), and have to say like many of the people who've posted already I want to congratulate you and your team brendan, as a lover of what you would call classic (fawlty towers etc) and more modern (the office etc), tv sitcoms I can honestly say your new show made me laugh more then anything I have watched in recent years! I understand that everybody has different opinions, but I would wager that most of the negative reviews etc have come from london-centric critics who have forgotten that fancy plot-lines and character development are all fine, but the main function of a comedy is to make people laugh! (and I can assure you brendan theres at least two glaswegians who have just spent an entire thirty minutes doing just that....) Look forward to next week

  • Comment number 23.

    Why over analyse this... it's a breath of fresh air!! Having Irish parents and relations (almost as funny) I have a slight advantage. Absolutely loved it! Reminded me of a time as kids (few years ago) when we were shipped off for summer hols to our Auntie on the outskirts of Dublin. Great times, and many great experiences where everyone never took themself too seriously... Superb, keep on cheering us up - we need this to realise life isnt all misery and depressive news!

  • Comment number 24.

    I was just getting ready for bed last Monday night, feeling all edgy and pathetically scared at every little sound, as my husband was away, when this programme started. I thought I would give it 5 minutes and ended up laughing my way through the whole thing. I went to bed feeling relaxed and even managed to not check the door was locked more than twice!! Really funny show!

  • Comment number 25.

    Just watched it for the first time tonight and i loved it. It felt like i was watching a cross between Father Ted and Bread, it really works. Very heart warming , funny and comforting.

  • Comment number 26.

    I came in after doing the evening shift, and spending an hour in Tescos. I flicked on the telly, and noticed there was sit-com, featuring no-one I had ever heard of. I had no expectations except that it might help me put the shopping away. But it was brilliant - original entertainment that deserves my full attention! Great stuff, well done, and more power to your elbow. Sharonx

  • Comment number 27.

    I have seen the show at the theatre and I think it is brilliantly funny. Brendan is very cunning because the people most likely to be offended by all the swearing are probably older women who are most likely to identify with Mrs Brown. I think it is the funniest comedy on TV
    Is there likely to be future series after this one? I hope so.

  • Comment number 28.

    this is by far the funniest show i have seen for a long time, i am stuck at home recovering from surgery and very nearly ended up back in hospital laughing at the first episode, thank you for this gem of a show.

  • Comment number 29.

    Thank goodness for a good belly laugh on a Monday night! My son introduced me to 'Mrs Brown's Boys' a short while before he died suddenly last March. I can hear him laughing at her antics now!

  • Comment number 30.

    What can I possibly add?
    I am a keen viewer of comedy shows and most are amusing. My wife is not a big fan of comedies (or comedians, except for maybe Harry Hill or Lee Evans). However, I recorded 'Mrs Browns Boys' for something to watch whilst my wife was away at work. Watching the show had me crying actual tears and laughing out loud, something I have not done, watching TV for...... (can't actually remember the last time!). Upon my wifes return I sat her down, made her a cup of tea and insisted that she relaxed and watched the funniest programme on tv for many (many) years.
    Again, the tears were streaming, the laughter was loud and that was my WIFE!
    We are now 'both' BIG fans of the show. Sad that 'Hardylane' didn't get it but so what? Long may you reign!
    Look forward to 'Mrs Brown' in the years to come.


  • Comment number 31.

    Came across this by accident last night.....The funniest thing I have seen for years.
    good oldfashioned comedy brought up to date. I have just watched programs 1 & 2 again on the BBC i player and laughed just as much again. I have set Sky plus to record all of the coming shows and told all my friends to watch too....Fantastic & pure genious. Already looking forward to the next series.

  • Comment number 32.

    thank you bbc for bringing my mum back to life.. watching Mrs browns boys is like being a kid at home again... A+, 5 stars for putting something truly brilliant on tele, it makes me laugh so hard i wanna wet myself. :) i hope you keep Mrs browns boys going for a good few years,

  • Comment number 33.

    Caught this on catch up TV after a friend told me about it. The funniest show I've seen in years ! Laughed all the way through it. Adlib's were brilliant ! Cant wait for the next one !

  • Comment number 34.

    Brendan you should employed by the NHS! The number of people that have commented that your show has had a positive impact on their spirits proves that. Laughter certainly is the best medicine. With some health problems both within my family and for me personally I seemed to have forgotten how to laugh. Boy did you change that. The tears of laughter were rolling down my cheeks – the first time since Faulty Towers! Please keep it up Brendan, you may not be able to provide a cure but you and the team certainly make life more bearable. Many thanks

  • Comment number 35.

    Mrs Brown's Boys is the funniest show on the telly. It's warm, funny, outrageous, wrong foots the audience into getting a bigger laugh, and, best of all, it is fine ensemble playing. It takes a lot to make a straight-laced old girl like me laugh out loud, but MBB hits the spot. I have seen three of the stage shows, and the audience (of all ages) rocked with feel-good laughter. I record the show and still laugh at the gags. My tastes are probably more eccentric than eclectic, I enjoy Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Brendan O'Carroll. Keep on rockin' Mrs Brown.

  • Comment number 36.

    Oh i just LOVE Mrs Browns Boys, BEST THING ive seen in tv for long time, pure fantastic, hillarious, brilliant fun, when watching it, i dont want it too end, looking forward to lots more, keep up the good work. FAB FAB FAB xx

  • Comment number 37.

    Just fantastic my husband rarely laughs at anything but I made him watch this on bbc player and I think I saw tears he laughed so much.anyway it's the best thing I have watched for such a long time, keep it up Mrs Brown

  • Comment number 38.

    You did it again Brendan! Brilliant, laugh out loud, humour. Love it!!!!

  • Comment number 39.

    This is the most hilarious comedy I have ever seen! I'm probably as old as 'Mrs. Brown' and I remember well all the brilliant TV comedies from the 1970's and no "comedy" written since could make me laugh, the script writers just didn't have the talents. But after watching this, my faith has been restored! I laughed so much that I missed a lot of it. Laughing is better than anything any Dr. could prescribe. This is my kind of humour, well done!

  • Comment number 40.

    With these days of doom and gloom its so nice to have a laugh, I saw the second part and i could not stop laughing, after it had finished i found iplayer and watched the first part so i am fully up to date, can't wait for the third installment.. only six parts !! Hope you see it in yourself to write loads more, its a tonic we all need, Great show, great casts, great show all round. Many thanks.

  • Comment number 41.

    thank you thank you thank you, ive not laughed this much in ages, what a fantastically clever man you are, well done to you and all involved in the brilliant series, i used to hate mondays 1st day of the working week and all that but now i cant wait. when are you and the gang on stage next in liverpool??? and tickets are like gold dust so any chance of doing a few extra shows??? keep up the good work x

  • Comment number 42.

    My partner had a stroke 5 weeks ago. You have made us both laugh like lunatics for the first time in 5 weeks. Well, first time ever actualy. Thank you and please don't stop at no 6. God Bless you for giving us the best medicine and aching jaws 8-) X X

  • Comment number 43.

    Well, tomorrow we all head to Toronto, Canada for three weeks performing "Good Mourning Mrs Brown" part 2 in the five part Mrs Brown Trilogy, so I will be away for the airing of the third episode on Monday night. It's one of my own favorites, but I'll cat it on iPlayer. I've just heard a rumor that we are to do a short introductory tour with "Good Mourning" in the UK that takes in Bournemouth, Cardiff, London, Newcastle, and Nottingham.. If it's true it'll be announced on the 18th of this month. In the meantime enjoy our Monday night visit to your home xxxx Brendan

  • Comment number 44.

    Just seen the second episode,which was hilarious,how refreshing this show is!!So many comedy sit coms just dont quite hit the mark but this really does, and brightens otherwise dull monday nights.Well done brendan,must admit not heard of you before but now my whole family are fans of your show.keep up the good work and i am sure there will be another series.I think the little "outtake" moments really make the show and your adlibs are hillarious.

  • Comment number 45.

    Hilarious but would have been equally funny without the bad language.
    The adlibs are hilarious especially the dead pan way they are played by "Mrs Brown" contrast to the other actors who sometimes just crack up laughing.

  • Comment number 46.

    Hilarious! It's very quirky and something a little different from the usual run of the mill. Will watch every episode! Well done, Beeb.

  • Comment number 47.

    wot a great program its so funny i wet meself
    WELL DONE (BBC)

  • Comment number 48.

    Think Mrs Brown if brilliant. Haven't laughed so much in ages. The best medicine ever for a sad world. Looking forward to lots and lots more.

  • Comment number 49.

    for the past 3 years or so i been feeling depressed because i got made redundant
    been feeling rock bottom .
    when my partner had told me bout your program i watched it
    it was so funny .
    i love laurel and hardy and i feel your program is as funny as them pair
    please PLEASE PLEASE keep the programs coming

  • Comment number 50.

    A very very funny series thank you one and all for bringing it to our screens. It is so refreshing to have a good laugh in these present times, just what the Doctor ordered.

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  • Comment number 52.

    I stumbled on mrs browns boys while waiting for update on crime watch,oh my god it was funny ,i'd never heard of it before ,within 5 minutes i was on the phone to my brother / my daughter saying put bbc 1 on now quick ,now we are hooked cant wait for 10.35 on mondays.but would just like to add. THIS IS SALT OF THE EARTH GOOD SWEAR WORD HUMOUR. I'm from the north west of england and enjoyed ever minute of it. LITTLE BRITAIN IS VULGAR compared to this program.Keep up the good work Brendon. PS Dont know what you are going to come out with next,but my sides will be aching with laughing

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi all well like most of you i stumbled upon this show tonight as the channel was already on while i was feeding my 6mth baby, from the start i was in stitches. I have already forwarded the information of what time, what channel to the family in wales and ireland and told them to watch ,I enjoyed so much i imediately went on iplayer to view the other two episodes i had missed and was eager for more so if you are coming to cardiff or bringing out a DVD please let me know because i want it NOW. a note to the cast, you have done a brilliant job so far and I hope you carry on for years to come. If Father Ted can do it you can do it better much better you all look like you enjoy it very much, I wish you all the best of luck and thank you for giving me that bit of joy on a monday night that gives me something to look forward to and brightens up my day.
    THANK YOU xx

  • Comment number 54.

    It is the most hilarious comedy I have ever seen. Brilliant.

    The BBC have got a real gem.

  • Comment number 55.

    I know you are dunging yourself that the English wont like the show Brendan but from my experience in Irish pubs in London i can assure you that we exiles love it. Of course we know you of old etc but most havent seen you as Agnes. I myself am a little amazed at your versatility and comic acting ability and the brilliant one liners
    delivered with precision and confidence. If i was to try to explain Agnes to the uninitiated i would probably say she was the daughter of proud parents Tony Hancock and Les Dawson and her favourite auntie was Maureen Potter. I am glad
    you are getting recognition Brendan, I have an inkling that its been a hard road and I applaud you for trusting it to be the right one.

  • Comment number 56.

    Your writing is superb, your timing leaves me in awe, and there's an underlying affirmation of the human warmth and affection that binds us together through the worst as well as the best of times. It's a quality that the Simpsons used to achieve and you have in buckets. (Don't want to sound boring but I teach Media Production and my students are in for a treat!) Thank you Brendan and the team.

  • Comment number 57.

    Welcome Mrs Brown - you did wonders for my enforced stay in bed with 'flu! I've despaired of comedy since Fawlty Towers - now there is hope at last - I'll be glued to the series.

  • Comment number 58.

    Fantastic comedy. I've just watched episode three and my brain is befuddled with laughing so I'll just say it again, fantastic comedy.

  • Comment number 59.

    Hope Im not being over the top here but there is something really special in watching comedy like this gel so perfectly.....it happens so rarely nowadays but Im happy to say that we have it on Monday nights in these episodes....I had never heard of Brendan prior to watching Mrs Brown for the first time last week but just a few minutes in I realised that I was watching a comic genius......Im really happy to be excited about comedy again...thanks Brendan and a brilliant cast.

  • Comment number 60.

    Imagine something like a cross between 'Father Ted' and 'Bread', and then make it so much funnier. Quite simply the best laugh-out-loud comedy on ANY channel at the moment. If you know anybody Irish, you will see part of them in this somewhere and laugh with them too. I can't wait for Mondays now.

  • Comment number 61.

    It is fantastic that so many of you are enjoying the show and enjoying it so much too! Your comments make me want to write a new series NOW, RIGHT NOW! Thank you for taking the time to comment on the blog, we are all in Toronto right now performing one of the live shows, but I wish I were there with you when you are watching next weeks episode, it is one of those times that when I thought about what Mrs Brown was going to do, I laughed myself so much that I nearly couldn't do it! Enjoy xx Brendan

  • Comment number 62.

    I have not laughed so much in years at a comedy. We have all waited a long time for a really good comedy to come on TV. Cannot wait for Monday night to watch and have a good laugh. My husband watches it on I player the day after. So I watch it again, still makes me cry laughing. I tell everyone about how good it is and to watch. Hope the BBC realise what a gem they have. Well done to all the cast.

  • Comment number 63.

    Thank you so much this is the best programme on tv my family and I have not laughed this much in years thank you

  • Comment number 64.

    Brendan, Thankyou for bringing back some really funny comedy to our television screens in these stressful times. I,ve never laughed so much in years. It's about time the BBC showed some real comedy. Thanks again to you and all your actors and back room staff. Brilliant, keep it up.

  • Comment number 65.

    Brendan. Genius!!!!!!!!
    Missed 1st episode so recorded No.2. But before viewing that I found 1st episode on I player. Can you imagine watching this alone at 5.00am ( I always get up early) sitting there with tears of laughter flowing down my cheeks. What a fool I felt. but there is nothing like an old fool is there. Reccommended this programme to anybody who would listen. Carry on with the good work.

  • Comment number 66.

    This is what we have been waiting for a great sometimes bawdy but never dull comedy series which quickly has become THE highlight of my week viewing! In such desperate times we need Mrs Brown! Thanks all concerned and yes the BBC too!

  • Comment number 67.

    Just watched the third episode of Mrs Brown.BRILLIANT.I have laughed until i cried,pure comedy genius.Everyone is talking about it.I cant get enough.

  • Comment number 68.

    Have watched the first 3 episodes of MRS BROWNS BOYS
    Its the funniest thing I have seen in ages.
    Well done BBC for bringing Brendan O'carrol to our screens .

  • Comment number 69.

    this has to be about the funniest thing on tv!!! i've got it on sky+ and it makes me wet myself laugh everytime i watch it!!
    its got everyone at my work (and i work in a bingo club!!!) talking and watching it!!

    well done to the bbc for commissioning another series!!!!

  • Comment number 70.

    Two mates of mine were discussing this programme in our club so I thought I would give it a try. Thank god I did...It's the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. I love it, Irish humour at its best. I wish I had caught it at the very beggining. I will be tracking down every dvd available. Please, please, please keep it coming

  • Comment number 71.

    Thank god BBC has seen the light!!!! This kind of comedy is long overdue on our TV screens! Having watched Mrs Brown's Boys from the beginning I brought my laptop over to my parents so they could watch all 3 programmes back to back on iplayer. My parents are both Irish and we can safely say we have met characters just like Mrs Brown many times in our lives! They honestly couldn't believe it, both said they had never laughed so much in YEARS!! Pure genius, quick fire comedy! It had us all in stitches on the floor!! We haven't stopped laughing since! Please keep it coming!! Well done Brendan and crew!!

  • Comment number 72.

    Really fantastic Mrs Brown never laughed so much in my life my sides r killing me, absolutley fantastic even made my fella laugh and believe me hes a right misery, thought it might b the wrinkles showin in his face at first but then i thought hey omg hes laughin... Cannot wait for when Mrs Brown comes back to liverpool, making sure i get front row seats again best laugh ever. Thank god BBC have finally seen the light and got something decent on tv, but should b on much longer, we love mrs brown ....

  • Comment number 73.

    I found your program by accident and became hooked rigth away, I cried so much laughing, I love your shows and passed you onto all my family who are npw hooked as well, Brendan you have put the entertainment back, I hope the BBC realise how good you are and how much more we want too see you all, I told my daughter if she wanted some thiing to make her laugh anytime after seeing you guys then watch mrs browns boys, she like me now goes around laughing like fools remembering some of the tricks in your show, we both wet ourselves when you used the tazer as a phone, blow me you did it agin and we where both on the floor with you, howling like fools, keep it up and we hope there will be many more.

  • Comment number 74.

    Told all my work friends about MRS BROWNS BOYS.
    they watched them on the BBC IPLAYER.
    We all love it and can't wait for Monday nights.
    Hope the BBC has ask Brendan to do another series.
    Best comedy on the BBC in ages.

  • Comment number 75.

    Brendan your show is a tonic! Thank you for making us laugh out loud. My daughter (15) laughs along with my parents who are in their 60's. That's the hallmark of an excellent comedy programme there are no age or gender divides - everybody laughs! Can't wait for the stge show to come to Cardiff!
    I watched on the Late Show and you said you also had a home in Florida and you were a big Disney fan! Us too! Maybe see you in the Magic Kingdom this summer (as Agnes????? LOL! I could just see her meeting Mickey Mouse!)

  • Comment number 76.

    Thank you Brendan for Mrs Browns boys, caught a you tube clip last year and follow you on Facebook so couldn't wait for the series. It's better than I anticipated, love your ad libs, so happy there's going to be a second series. Wishing you and all associated all the best

  • Comment number 77.

    I think your show is great, I love a good laugh. The suggestion that the show is not representative of the comedy needs of our time does not ring true for me. I think now more that ever we can relate to comedy like Mrs Browns Boys.
    First because it helps us laugh at ourselves through finding a relationship with the characters in the show and secondly because, behind the scenes, BOC is one of the hardest working comedians in the circuit at the minute and he has been getting laughs this way for years. Mrs Browns Boys is evidence that hard work, a good idea and persistance will ultimately lead to sucess as long as we believe in what we are doing. Congrats Brian, I hope you enjoy the sucess you have acheived, you and (by the sounds of things) your family deserve it.

  • Comment number 78.

    this show is absolutley brilliant, have'nt laughed as much in a long time, hope there is more to come,

  • Comment number 79.

    Brilliant programme, but spoilt by the all too frequent use of the f word. Has the script writer spent too much time doing boys night out shows? Having been to one of those once, a long long time ago, I can vouch for the fact that the comedians used the f word in place of comedy. Mrs Brown's Boys just does not need it. Please tone it down.

  • Comment number 80.

    Just watched episode 5 and I'm loving this series. But, does this comedy remind anyone else of the 1980s TV series BREAD?

  • Comment number 81.

    This is definitely the best thing on tv. Looking forward to series 2.

  • Comment number 82.

    Would love to know when this is coming to Nottingham. Me and my other half laff all the way through and watch again on iplayer. Just brilliant.

  • Comment number 83.

    Brendan, do hope Toronto has gone well. Your series is a gem of humour. Each week I have to have my 'laughter fix'. Nothing will compare with it when the series ends. When can we look forward to the next? I love the fact that it is a family 'business'. Regards to you and the cast. Emandee

  • Comment number 84.

    I watched the first couple and didnt think much of it to be totally honest and then I watched Episode 4 last night and almost wet myself laughing. Although some of the gags arent really funny, some of the reactions are.

    Sometimes you have to give shows a second viewing, I did the same with a very old sitcom - Married With Children, that I didnt find funny but one day became hooked on it and i am sure the same will happen here.

    Lots of laughs and very enjoyable show this.

  • Comment number 85.

    Blog 80 Terry, I also have thought of BREAD when watching Mr. Brown's Boys but as yet Lilo-Lil has not made an appearance in any shape or form nor the errant husband who swept the roads and looked like a mad professor. Emandee

  • Comment number 86.

    Terry, sorry I meant to say Mrs not Mr Brown's Boys. Emandee

  • Comment number 87.

    This has to be the best comedy on tv at the moment, the NHS should be supplying it on prescription, I have never laughed so much my sides are aching!! Keep up the good work and looking forward to many many more laughs. Definately the best programme I have watched for many years. I missed the first 2 episodes but have watched them on the BBC iPlayer, haven't laughed so much in years!!

  • Comment number 88.

    This has got to be the unfunniest "comedy" ever. What a load of tosh. Whenever bad language is used to underline a punchline you know it is a lost cause. It is utter rubbish. Q:Why do they use 'canned laughter'? A: Because no-one else would laugh. End this drivel now, it is a pathetic waste of money and time. I certainly won't bother to watch it again, and neither will anyone else in my workplace, and we work nights. We've seen some bog tv but this is the worst. Mindless. Go away.

  • Comment number 89.

    I would just like to say to Brendon thank you soooooo much your acting is fantastic, you timing is devine and your writing is bloody brill i missed the first 3 episodes but someone told me about them so i watched them all on i player 3 TIMES!! I love the bloopers that are kept in and agnes's character is just like my nan! I think this is the best show on tv and Have told and reminded everyone i know to watch it you truly are a genius !! oh and i can't remember the last time i've been so excited to see the next episode Keep up the good work WE WANT MORE!!

  • Comment number 90.

    me and my family were vary sad after our dad passed way but we look at mrs browns boys its so funny we hope that u make a lot more off it thank you very much for the laughs in the house

  • Comment number 91.

    i dont usually comment on the internet but i cant beleive how much this show cheered me up!!!! absolutely hilarious!!!! im 22 and i was watching it with my mom then my boyfriend then my brother and then persuaded my nan and grandad to watch it and everyone thought it was brilliant so i have watched all the episodes at least 3 times each and laughed as hard each time. its so good to have something on tv that can appeal to 3 generations!!!! also something that genuinely makes you laugh out loud which doesnt happen often on tv these days. so thankyou bendan what a wiked show. x

  • Comment number 92.

    Some friends told me how funny this show was-I've been catching up on iPlayer and have to say it's one of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen. There aren't many shows nowadays that make me laugh out loud, but this is one of them. Keep up the good work and I hope there are many more series to come

  • Comment number 93.

    Have been telling everyone in work about Mrs Brown and how they really have to watch it. From Dublin myself living in UK three years, so proud of you Brendan and the cast, Have seen the live show at home but still still crack my sides laughing, I could never tire of Mrs Brown, was delighted to see Joe Conlon on tonights show. Mr O'Carroll your a legend :-)

  • Comment number 94.

    didnt look like my cup of tea but i had to give it a chance and glad i did.both myself and my partner were crying laughing.hope it will be made into a long series.its great to have something like this in these hard times.keep it up.

  • Comment number 95.

    The best comedy I have seen in years, this is my sense of humour & also appeals to the irish in me lol my family in Enniscourthy told me about the show when it was shown in Ireland & told me it was a hit, I can see why, my Grandad came from Dublin, so I guess that is where I inherited my good sense of humour from, Congratulations to Brendan & the cast on a well made show, ps: I love the ad libbing!

  • Comment number 96.

    Brillient, loved it, well done to all involved, cant wait to see them all after watching the first two on iplayer. Really funny, writing fantastic and laughed all the way through xxx

  • Comment number 97.

    Absolutely brilliant , best laugh in a long time , even got my husband laughing. Thank goodness for the iplayer laughed so much during tv show that I missed some funny lines so watched on line with subtitles and caught them all, even funnier 2nd,3rd,4th plus time around. When you go out on tour please remember that the people of the south west also enjoy a good laugh especially here in Plymouth .Please keep up the good work many thanks xxxx. ps is it possible there is going to be a dvd released of the bits that went wrong or could not be shown on air PLEASE. xx

  • Comment number 98.

    Started watching it by accident. Go to be one of the funniest things on TV. The whole family is in tears when watching it. All the actors and actresses do an amazing job to carry on with an (almost) straight face when the bloopers happen or when Agnes ad-libs. Thank god for Sky+, it will tide us over until we get the box set. Comedy at it's finest.

  • Comment number 99.

    I want to buy the series box-set for my father-in-law because he doesnt stay up after 10pm and cant record it, but I know he will love love it! I work with 13 people, and we all talk, and laugh, about the latest episode, and our age gap is 22-49 years!! I don't understand the sense of humour of people that do not like Mrs Brown!!

  • Comment number 100.

    I was feeling very sorry for myself yesterday after having a tooth out. I watched the first 4 episodes on iplayer and like so many others found myself laughing out loud with tears running down my face. The set reminds me of my mother's and grandmother's houses with the pictures of the Sacred Heart, the statue of the Infant of Prague and the crucifix. A real Irish Catholic home. And the way Brendon replied to the person with depression has raised him even higher in my estimation. Keep up the good work, you are amazing.x.x

 

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