after talking with the rest of OutsideIN i realize i was trying to make Brian into something that would destroy the point of his character. I’m still determined to develop him and understand how other Shop characters would interact with him and viceversa

I have a new study for Brain and it’s this man

Alan Carr

Ok obviously there’s the Aesthetic, Brian looks like this I’d go as far to say as Brian is almost a caricature of this persona

heres some quotes from a review of his stand-up routine

“endearingly gawky, camp and bespectacled Alan Carr”

I think this next review sums up the character beautifully

“The effect is rather like being stuck in enforced conversation with an affable enough but vapid and relentlessly probing hairdresser”

review source ‘The Stage reviews’- http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/9207/alan-carr

This is so close to the impression i want to make. I’m going to take inspiration from this video


and pick up on some mannerisms, i always found it difficult to adopt the right body language without being so camp it would make the cast of ‘Are you being served’  look down right butch

heres an interesting quote from a BBC page on ‘Are you being served’- http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/areyoubeingserved/index.shtml

“With its innuendo-laden comedy, penchant for slapstick and panto-type characters, Are You Being Served? had something for everyone and became a juggernaut of 1970s television”

It’s really strange, I thought my Brain character had almost come out of thin air, it seems obvious now that he’s the result of digested character stereotype, adapted from several sources…weird

it’s interesting to see the reason WHY Brian works, it’s like panto, he definatly borders on stereotype, but he is SO exaggerated that you couldn’t mistake him for a real person, thats what makes him accessable. I guess a viewer thinks something like ‘well…if he’s acting up, that makes it ok for me to do so to’

“Although the show was often criticized for its bawdy content, it was a family favorite, often attracting audiences of over 20 million.”

It feels like maybe Brians character appeals to a lowest common denominator…but oddly i feel ok with that. If i can get people to smile…or cringe then I’m satisfied

I’ve worked with people like Brian, usually in retail and it feels cathartic to play Brian after years of suffering under similar characters.

Theres a  bit of the David Brent character from ‘the Office’ in Brian

“Much of the comedy and pathos of the series (The Office) centres on Brent’s many idiosyncrasies, hypocrisies, self-delusions and self-promotion”

“David Brent is the type of boss who wants to be a friend and mentor to those who work for him. He imagines his workers find him very funny and enjoy his company, while still respecting him and looking up to him as a boss, even a father figure. However, his employees generally find him barely tolerable and often irritating”-( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Brent )

I have to wonder what my Psychological reason for playing Brian is….i just hope it’s as far away from the real me as possible…ewww

One Response to “Character Research Brian take 2”

  1. fred says:

    I really like how involved you are getting with this.. I think it will be a very important part of ‘Shop’… and maybe we will use Brian to recruit the acting students!