Brendan O'Carroll believes Mrs Brown's Boys gives comfort amid coronavirus crisis

'When [people] get scared they get nostalgic. Mrs Brown is in tune with that'

Mrs Brown's Boys: Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes stands on top of the bar as they celebrate in Foley's Bar (Image: Alan Peebles)

Comic Brendan O’Carroll believes his hit creation Mrs Brown's Boys is giving comfort to viewers as the world is gripped by fear over the coronavirus.

The Dubliner said people are frightened and his TV mammy Agnes is in tune with how they are feeling.

The 64-year-old added: “People are scared. People are afraid of things like coronavirus and the state of the world.

“When they get scared they get nostalgic. Mrs Brown is in tune with that.

“They’re getting a laugh out of it. They go, ‘Oh My God, Mrs Brown is not worried about coronavirus.

“She’s not worried about Boris [Johnson]. She’s not worried about [Donald] Trump.

She’s not worried about anything except where the next pound is coming from so she can buy dinner for the kids. She is like us, yet she is not afraid so I can watch this.”

All Round To Mrs Brown’s is returning to our screens next Saturday on RTE for a new series. The show is loved by TV audiences who have made it a ratings winner and a moneyspinner for Brendan.

He told the Irish Mail on Sunday: “I’m going deep now. If they can tune in to something that is both nostalgic and funny it’s a double whammy for them.

“Half an hour when they can switch off and not think about any of that s**t.”

Despite the view of many critics, Mrs Brown scooped Best Comedy at last year’s National Television Awards in the UK – beating acclaimed shows like Fleabag, Derry Girls and Ricky Gervais’ After Life.

Florida-based Brendan said: “The only way to do this is to be who you really are, write the comedy you write and hopefully the audience will agree with you.”

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