Is it difficult to make people laugh with causing offence? (Picture: REX/BBC)
Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has spoken about the nature of comedy, saying that he thinks it’s ‘hard not to offend people’ when making a show.
The creator of the hit BBC sitcom also joked that he felt ‘left out’ that he hasn’t been ‘cancelled’ yet.
Brendan, who has starred in a created the programme since 2011, opened up about the challenges that come with putting together mainstream shows.
The 66-year-old told The Sun: ‘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.’
He added: ‘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.
The show first appeared on BBC One back in 2011 (Picture: BBC Studios / Alan Peebles)
‘It’s the audience that makes the call – and the best device for cancelling something is the remote control.’
He also spoke about some of Mrs Brown’s Boys celebrity fans, which include – believe it or not – Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey.
Brendan said: ‘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.”’
He added: ‘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.’
The show is set to return for a Christmas special (Picture: BBC Studios / Alan Peebles)
It comes after Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan paid tribute to crew member Dennis Knotts, who died after contracting Covid.
The props master – who worked for BBC Scotland – died earlier this month after a battle with the illness.
Brendan shared just how much Dennis would be missed, and a tribute has been planned for the upcoming Christmas episode.
‘He was the most adorable man and actually, we dedicated the Christmas episode to him, we loved him very much.
‘He’s been on every show that we have done with the BBC and that’s 10 years now. He was the props master on every one of them; he was lovely,’ Brendan told the Irish Independent.
Mrs Brown’s Boys is available to watch on BBC One.
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