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Now author, actor/director script-writer, playwright, video star as well as stand-up comic, the Brendan O'Carroll story begins very modestly. The youngest of eleven children Brendan O'Carroll was born in Dublin's inner-city in 1955.

His mother, Maureen was a Labour TD (MP) and a huge influence on his life. He left school at 12 and worked as a waiter, trying many other occupations in his spare time - disco manager, milkman, pirate radio disc-jockey, painter-decorator etc.

For a time he ran his own bar and cabaret lounge before being persuaded to try the comedy circuit. The gigs were small at first and even included his own version of 'Blind Date', but word soon got round about this original and outrageous funnyman and then there was standing room only.

The real turning point in Brendan's career was in February 1993. Gay Byrne introduced Brendan onto the Late Late Show, Ireland's longest running chat show, also shown weekly on Channel 4 in the UK. The thirty five minute interview that followed propelled Brendan straight to the top of the stardom ladder.

In the nine years since that night Brendan's work rate has been phenomenal. His first video Live at the Tivoli went straight to No 1, knocking U2 out of the top slot, he then made five other videos which also held no.1 slots, made over 1,000 stand-up appearances across Ireland, U.K, and the USA, has written five novels, two screenplays, seven plays, which he also directed and starred in, and the list goes on.