IN THE center of lockdown, when the world was “in want of amusing”, actor Brian James O’Sullivan made some foolish movies a couple of Glaswegian couple speaking about life, the universe and all the things.
The subsequent morning, he woke as much as 1000’s of likes and retweets on social media and since then, individuals have taken to physician surgical procedure receptionist Janice and her husband Frank as in the event that they’re household.
“I feel they usually neglect they’re simply watching a person in his front room having amusing,” grins Brian, who lives within the west finish.
“Scottish humour is strong and enduring: if individuals recognise a flip of phrase or a trait and discover it humorous, they don’t thoughts if the gag isn’t surrounded by huge manufacturing values or interrogated by groups of writers.”
Because the world started to get again to regular, Brian determined to take Janice and Frank to the stage and in December 2021, the primary chapter of their story arrived at Oran Mor. It’s a one-man comedy tour de drive, weaving Scottish tales we are able to all recognise by means of monologues that are at occasions side-splitting and at others, heart-breaking.
“Once we had been wee, and our maw had completed peeling the potatoes, we’d put the stick the peelings in a little bit of an outdated newspaper and faux we labored at a chippy…that was the peak of sophistication….”
“I don’t drink any of that latte, cappuccino no matter enterprise… you go in some locations, and so they say, you need an Americano? I really feel like saying, simply gie’s a Scottisho. See, only a regular, Scottish cup of espresso…it’s a espresso I’m wanting, no’ a manufacturing….”
The present was a sell-out success and now, the second half – Uh Huh: The Janice and Frank Story 2022 has been profitable the hearts of theatre-goers round Scotland because it opened earlier this month. From September 14 till 16 it’s at Oran Mor.
The inspiration for Janice got here partially from his mum, Susan, and in addition from some early work expertise.
“After I completed drama faculty, I truly labored in a physician’s surgical procedure for some time, and I used to be a name handler for NHS 24,” says Brian. “So I additionally bought to know the lingo and I simply discovered the ladies’s tales very humorous.”
Brian, often known as Brido Hingwy, has amassed him viral fame with a web-based viewers of virtually 40,000 individuals for the Janice and Frank movies, in addition to reward from Scottish comedy icons reminiscent of Limmy and Nonetheless Sport’s Ford Kiernan.
Brian inherited his love of the stage from his dad and mom, who had been each novice dramatics followers. His personal debut was large, nonetheless – on the age of 9, he landed the a part of Oliver in Cameron Waterproof coat’s west finish musical on the London Palladium.
“I keep in mind queueing up with a whole bunch of different wee boys, in Glasgow, to audition,” he remembers. “And I bought the half. On the time I don’t suppose I actually understood simply how large a deal it was. I believed all theatres appeared just like the London Palladium.”
Brian additionally performs accordion and piano accompaniment at Irish dancing competitions, impressed by his father who has finished it for years, and just lately, he wrote the e book and music and starred in Oscar at Oran Mor’s a Play A Pie and A Pint lunchtime theatre sequence.
For now, nonetheless, Janice and Frank, with their heat, hilarious and shifting tackle Scottish life, are retaining him busy.
“It’s a undertaking shut I’m doing off my very own bat, with out funding from any organisations or our bodies,” he explains, including with amusing: “I’m simply hoping individuals will come and have a great night time out.”
Uh Huh: The Janice and Frank Story 2022 is at Oran Mor from September 14 to 16. Go to oran-mor.co.uk for tickets and extra info.