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Portland’s ‘Unipiper’ Brian Kidd on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Posted by on January 16th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Brian Kidd, the local street performer who’s made a name for himself (“The Unipiper,” to be precise) by providing his own soundtrack for the one-wheeled vehicle he claims to have found in a Dumpster, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live for last night’s show.

It’s nothing lots of Portlanders haven’t seen before — Kidd’s bagpiping, unicycling, geekily costumed setup is a fairly common site around the central city in the summer — but it’s always nice to see a local lover of cycling fun making good. Earlier this month, he was featured in a profile on BoingBoing.net.

I was dubious about Kidd’s origin story (what Portlander would leave a working unicycle in a Dumpster?) until I found out that the Dumpster was at the University of Virginia, where he went to school. The story he tells Kimmel of where to get a set of firebreathing bagpipes, however, sounded much more authentic.

“You have a good buddy who’s into fire,” Kidd explained for last night’s show.

Now that’s the Portland I know and love. See you around, Brian.

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  • Todd Hudson January 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    But can he play unicycle polo?

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  • dwainedibbly January 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    But what does he think of the names for the new bridge? Hopefully TriMet will have him at the ribbon cutting ceremony!

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  • Mossby Pomegranate January 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    A gift only Portland could give. I love it!

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  • SilkySlim January 17, 2014 at 8:23 am


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    • Caleb January 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Perhaps he is, but I saw nothing in the video that I believe warrants such a conclusion.

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      • John Lascurettes January 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        He’s making a reference and being ironic.

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        • Caleb January 19, 2014 at 4:10 am

          Ah, thank you for the clarification.

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  • K'Tesh January 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Flashing to his buddies in the audience… Classic!

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  • spare_wheel January 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    the helmet and fire-breathing bag pipes sends the wrong message about unicycling. in the netherlands most unicyclists do not wear helmets or use pyrotechnics. children even feel safe enough to unicycle to school in normal clothing:


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