Mrs. Brown's Boys - In The Press
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Fictional matriarch Mrs Brown has urged Ireland to vote yes in the upcoming gay marriage referendum.
Written by Claire Williamson. Belfast Telegraph, 28th April 2015
Brendan O'Carroll reveals the influence his own mother had in helping him create Mrs Brown's Boys.
Written by Brian Beacom. The Big Issue, 17th March 2015
Brendan O'Carroll's stage shows are so successful they generate enough revenue to make a serious dent in the Irish National debt. But in the build up to Mother's Day, how much did the Dubliner's own mother Maureen O'Carroll play in his success?
Glasgow Evening Times, 13th March 2015
Independent Ireland, 22nd January 2015
Written by John Plunkett. The Guardian, 2nd January 2015
Brendan O'Carroll has revealed he's signed up to make Christmas specials of Mrs Brown's Boys until 2020.
Written by Maeve Quigley and Olivia Buxton. The Daily Mirror, 2nd January 2015
Potty-mouthed mirth-fest Mrs Brown's Boys (BBC One) is much-maligned by critics but adored by audiences. So in the interests of sort-of-scientific testing, I watched the New Year's Day special while keeping a tally of how many times I laughed. I can tell you're on the edge of your seats, so I'll cut straight to my findings: three snorts of the "that's vaguely amusing, I suppose" variety; two grunts that didn't turn into chuckles; and two smirks. Not a great return on my 35 minutes but not as bad as feared. I didn't count the tuts, sighs and eye-rolls because it didn't seem in the spirit of the season.
Written by Michael Hogan. The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 2015
Mammy is on edge after a spate of burglaries, and with good reason when her telly and precious armchair go missing. Buster offers to install an alarm system and series of grilles - and much hilarity ensues.
The 59-year-old comedian suffered with crippling pain due to his dental implants but he says it hasn't put him off the procedure.
Written by Olivia Buxton. The Daily Mirror, 31st December 2014
Mrs Brown's Boys was the most watched programme on Christmas Day as 7.6 million viewers tuned in to see Brendan O'Carroll's festive special.
Written by Tufayel Ahmed. The Daily Mirror, 26th December 2014
Agnes Brown cleaned up last year - not her potty mouth, of course, but in the Christmas Day ratings battle, confounding her detractors and reeling in 9.2 million viewers as the night's most watched show.
Last year it was potty-mouth Agnes Brown and her funny family who won the festive ratings war, so she has a lot to live up to this time round in what could be one of the last of the disfunctional Dubliner's TV appearances.
The Christmas special is some mildly amusing if unsatisfying comedy that's an easy watch if you want to put something on the TV, but this is a present that's best put back under the tree.
Written by Callum Humphreys. On The Box, 24th December 2014
Brendan O'Carroll has denied reports that Mrs Brown's Boys won't return for any more full series.
Written by Harry Fletcher. Digital Spy, 19th December 2014
Whatever you may think of this vulgar panto-style Irish sitcom, it was d'most watched programme of last Christmas. Duly, the BBC has re-invested in two more specials packed with double entendres, ad libs, and actors corpsing. Tonight, following a spate of burglaries, Mammy invests in a "state of the art" alarm system from Buster Brady. True, this is a very uncool show, but it is end-of-the-pier stuff done as well as you're likely to see without an actual pier. It also contains a good joke about the merits of newspapers versus iPads.
TV Choice caught up with Gary Hollywood, who plays Rory's boyfriend, gay crimper Dino in the series, to find out what the cast have been up to over the past twelve months, how he'll be spending the festive season, and what the next few years have in store...
Written by Cecile Metcalf. TV Choice, 9th December 2014
Brendan O'Carroll has said no to another series and ruled out a sequel to big-screen hit Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, son Danny claims.
Written by Adelina Campos. The Daily Record, 7th December 2014
Gary Hollywood, who struggled to keep a straight face on set, reveals that the biggest star of this year's special is the Christmas tree.
Written by Marion Scott. The Daily Record, 26th October 2014
Comedian Brendan O'Carroll turned down a chance for Mrs Brown to tango on hit show Strictly Come Dancing, he has revealed.
Written by Lynne Kelleher. The Daily Mirror, 22nd September 2014
Written by Alex Fletcher. Digital Spy, 30th June 2014
Gary Hollywood will be the mainstay of a spin-off comedy set inside Wash & Blow, the fictional hair salon in Mrs Brown's Boys. Writer Brendan O'Carroll will also star as shop owner Mario while Rory Cowan will continue as Dino's husband Rory Brown.
Written by Marion Scott. The Daily Record, 29th June 2014
Mrs Brown has not only conquered British TV - she's now a worldwide superstar with DVD sales topping five million.
Written by Marion Scott. Daily Record, 22nd June 2014
"Crass, backwards-looking and unfunny," goes the critical consensus on Brendan O'Carroll's feck-flecked sitcom. But what if the critics are on the wrong side of history on this one, like they were with Zeppelin, or the Opal Fruits to Starburst name change? What if Mrs Brown's Boys is actually the platonic ideal of what comedy can and should be? Consider the evidence: here's a show that recognises that a man being assaulted with a rectal thermometer is funnier than any long-winded witticism could ever be; here's a show that offers up a truly progressive family at its centre: a matriarch in drag whose eldest son is out and proud and whose youngest is a model example of the rehabilitative qualities of prison (he's married and has found gainful employment dressing up as a penguin); here's a show that started out on stage and moved to screen, and as such is, arguably, the closest thing our generation has to Play For Today; here's a show that exhibits a flair for fourth-wall-breaking self-awareness - fluffed lines left in the final edit, Mrs Brown directly acknowledging a camera that has strayed into shot - that meta wannabe Arrested Development would kill for; most tellingly, here's a show that regularly attracts 9m viewers at a time when TV audiences are dwindling. Have 9m people ever been wrong? I mean, that's probably the same amount of people that voted for Ukip.
Written by Carl Greenwood. The Mirror, 31st May 2014
Forget the fact it's universally loathed by snobbish critics, Mrs Brown's Boys makes me laugh. Get over it.
Written by Tom Hingley. Sabotage Times, 20th February 2014