Brian O'Brian

Brian O'Brian is an Italian-American series of television shorts airing on Disney Channel. The series is co-written and directed by Danny Kaplan and stars Brian Stepanek,[1] who also co-writes; original score by Stuart Balcomb, and produced in Cologno Monzese near Milan, Italy.[1] Individual episodes are quick comedy sketches, 2–4 minutes in length.[1] Much like almost all of Disney's modern-day television comedy programming, the show uses a laugh track. The main character Brian is inspired by the physical comedy of such silent-screen greats as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.[2]

Brian O'Brian
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GenreComedy shorts
Created byDanny Kaplan and Brian Stepanek
StarringBrian Stepanek
Country of originItaly
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20[citation needed]
Executive producer(s)Danny Kaplan
Running time2–4 minutes[1]
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseOctober 3, 2008 –
April 3, 2009

An ad promoting the premiere of Brian O'Brian was shown during the premiere of The Suite Life on Deck on September 26, 2008, on Disney Channel, and the series premiered on October 3, 2008. In Latin America, it premiered on February 16, 2009 on Disney Channel Latin America. The season started on September 16, 2008 on Disney Channel Italy.[2]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal U.S. air date
1"Operaman"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 3, 2008 (2008-10-03)
In Italy, Brian impersonates a famous opera singer in an opera house who is singing Largo al factotum.
2"The Pool"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 3, 2008 (2008-10-03)
Brian plays around with different swimming pool toys in a swimming pool, which a strict lifeguard forbids.
3"Assembly Required"[3]Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 10, 2008 (2008-10-10)
Brian attempts to build a coffee table out of a tree log, but ends up with a lot of weird creations, including a birdhouse and a toothpick (which he literally uses to try to pick a food bit stuck in between his teeth!).
4"Basketball"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 10, 2008 (2008-10-10)
Brian plays basketball at the gym.
5"Band"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 17, 2008 (2008-10-17)
Brian plays all the instruments in an imaginary band in his house, including an air guitar.
6"Babysitter"[3]Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 17, 2008 (2008-10-17)
Brian tries to take care of a baby.
7"Dancing"[3]Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
Brian shows off his dance moves in a small dance club.
8"Doubles"[3]Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
Brian tries to impress his girlfriend Veronica on the tennis court.
9"Bones"[3]Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 31, 2008 (2008-10-31)
Brian visits the museum of natural history. He eventually breaks some dinosaur bones but manages to escape trouble.
10"Up and Away!"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekOctober 31, 2008 (2008-10-31)
When Lucy falls off her bike, Brian tries to cheer her up by giving her a few balloons. However, when he gives her too many balloons, her bike starts to fly away. This leads Brian on a comic chase through the park.
11"Date O'Date"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekNovember 8, 2008 (2008-11-08)
Brian tries on various outfits for his date, many of them looking ridiculous or embarrassing. In the end, he decides to stick to his usual outfit (a blue checkered jumper and a pair of brown pants).
12"Cookin'"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekNovember 14, 2008 (2008-11-14)
Brian works at a restaurant and nearly gets fired because of his clumsiness.
13"Veronica"Danny KaplanDanny Kaplan, Brian StepanekNovember 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
Brian's girlfriend Veronica is on her way to his house and Brian has not cleaned. Thinking that cleaning his house is a time-consuming process, Brian lazily shoves almost everything into his small wardrobe. Later, Veronica comes but unfortunately, when Brian greets her, the wardrobe door bursts, creating a huge mess in his living-room. Although Veronica is upset at Brian for not cleaning his house properly, in the end the two of them clean Brian's house together.

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  1. ^ a b c d Mark Dawidziak (November 6, 2008). "Brian Stepanek, Cleveland native and Disney Channel regular, voices character in 'Bolt'". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved 2016-04-22. [Stepanek] also stars in the "Brian O'Brian" shorts that have been airing on the cable channel since early October.
    Filmed in Milan, Italy, these 40 vignettes are two- to four-minute films inspired by the physical comedy of such silent-screen greats as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2016-05-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) [search: Brian O'Brian]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved April 22, 2016.

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