Brendan O’Carroll will 'die with my bra on' as he plans to never stop playing hit character Mrs Brown

 He said he loves playing world-famous Mrs Brown so much, he will never retire her





Brendan O’Carroll has told how he’ll never stop playing hit character Mrs Brown, saying: “I’ll die with my bra on.”

The 66-year-old comic and writer is gearing up for a worldwide live tour of the show next year.

Mrs Brown is one of the most popular characters in recent TV history, with the annual Christmas specials drawing in 500,000 viewers on RTE, and millions on BBC.

He said he loves playing world-famous Mrs Brown so much, he will never retire her.

Dubliner Brendan told the Irish Mirror that he’s “rearing to go” after a year of restrictions and postponing shows and is keen to get back on stage. He said: “The live shows have been compressed, because everything has been postponed and then postponed again, the next 24 months are going to be hectic and brilliant for us.

“We’ve a UK tour in June, We’ll be in Ireland in December, then January and February we’re in Australia, in March and April the we’re in Canada, then we’re in the US, then South Africa.”

Brendan showed his charitable side yesterday, along with wife Jenny Gibney, to launch Mrs Brown’s Boys Cookies from EastCoast Bakehouse, in aid of St Vincent De Paul.

Speaking at the pop-up shop on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Brendan said his family relied heavily on the kindness of St Vincent De Paul growing up and the charity is very close to his heart.

He added: “We are very aware when things work for you and when things are successful, it’s important to give back and no better place to give back than with St Vincent de Paul.

“The funny thing is people come up to us and say to us you’ve no idea how much this means, but I do.”

The hugely successful comedian grew up in Finglas, as the youngest of 11 children, and has said his mother Maureen, a Labour TD in the 1950s, was “the real Mrs Brown”. He explained: “I grew up on the receiving end of St Vincent De Paul, I grew up thinking they were my uncle Vincent and Uncle Paul.

“There were 11 of us so I’m well aware of how much it means.”

The funnyman said he never watches the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special until it airs on Christmas Day and it’s a family affair at the O’Carroll House. He added: “The whole family comes over on Christmas night, we all get into our pyjamas and watch the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special.

“When people ask us what it’s about we say, we don’t really know because we never watch it until it airs.”

Brendan revealed this year Mrs
Brown is having trouble getting her hands on a Christmas tree.

He said: “She’s having trouble, unfortunately she’s left it to Buster Brady to come up with a solution of finding a tree and he does eventually, thank God, then there’s a murder mystery night.”

The telly favourite said ideas don’t come naturally to him and it’s hard graft writing the show.

He added: “My ideas don’t naturally flow, trust me it’s really hard work.

“By January of next year I’ll already be thinking, ‘OK, what am going to do with the Christmas tree next year?’

“It’s on my mind all the time, but I’ve had a real job, so I know how really lucky we are.”

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