I had never previously heard of Brendan O'Carrol, but I leapt from ignorance to being a fan in about a minute.
Although very different from Father Ted, Mrs Brown has the same maverick, off-the -wall humour which catches you off guard.
The fact that Mrs Brown is acted by a bloke is never milked for laughs. There is absolutely no echo of the pantomime dame or even Mrs Doubtfire.
I can sum up MRS BROWN'S BOYS by using the old Irish phrase "It is all right, if you like laughing."