Scottish commentator Andrew Cotter feared his career was over after viral lockdown videos of his dogs


One sports commentator feared viral videos of his dogs could cost him his career after his videos of locked out pets made him a Twitter celebrity overnight. Andrew Cotter, 47, feared he would be seen as a ‘joke commentator’ after going viral for recounting the mundane lives of his two Labradors, Olive and Mabel.

When Britain went into lockdown in March, Cotter’s job as a sports commentator on television came to a halt and to pass the time he put his observational skills into practice.

Six months later his videos of Olive and Mabel have been viewed by millions of people around the world and Cotter is a published author.

Andrew Cotter with Mabel and Olive

The book Olive, Mabel and I: Life and Adventures with My Canine Companions is published later this month.

Cotter, of Scottish descent, said the inspiration for the videos came from the 1990s sketch show Big Train, in which famous sports commentator Barry Davies seriously portrayed the Stare-Out World Championship.

“I had no idea it was going to turn out like this. I was going to comment on various mundane things from a sports broadcaster commenting on everyday life because I have nothing else to comment on, ”he said.

“I finally decided to comment on the dogs. I was lucky it was the dogs because then it took off with a lot of people and it resonated with them as dog owners.

Cotter, who before the lockdown was best known for his television coverage of golf, rugby, tennis and athletics, said he feared he would now be seen as a joke commentator, so he has moved on from the humorous voice over of dogs at their staging. in human situations.

“I was worried after the second, Game of Bones, because it was even bigger and you don’t want to be the joke commentator because you have to get back to work,” he said.

“This year was supposed to be the summer of Wimbledon, the Open, the Olympics.

“If you are commenting on the Olympic Opening Ceremony and everyone is like ‘this is the guy who makes the dogs’ then you’ve lost a bit of credibility.

“You think you don’t want to be the joke commentator and that’s kind of why I wanted to move on to doing little sketches and putting them in human situations rather than just commenting on them. ”

Cotter said that after the videos were successful, he was approached by a “bigwig” from Hollwood whom he would not name and who was interested in “getting things done.”

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“He’s a huge dog lover and said he would love to do a series. I’m not sure that will happen, I think we’ve passed this moment now, ”Cotter said.

“I will continue to make, if I can think of any ideas, films. If they (the dogs) keep living the weird life they do, I’ll keep filming. They make me laugh as much as anything.

“Everything is so serious, so dark and so low at the moment and if you have 90 seconds of laughing with dogs, that’s the most important thing. ”

Cotter, who was speaking at an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, said that after being a commentator for 20 years, he had enjoyed doing something different this summer and was considering continuing his writing career.

“I can’t wait for the sport to come back, but only once it does come back properly, I really think so,” he said.

“It’s great that it’s going a certain way but it’s not really sport as we know it, its sport without the color and the passion.

“I can’t wait to make more of the little videos with Olive and Mabel. I like to try to come up with ideas.

“Can’t wait to see if people don’t drop this book in disgust after three pages, can’t wait to write maybe more, probably about dogs, maybe not, I don’t know, but I’ll see how we’re doing. ”


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