Brian Kidd rolls two unusual hobbies into one character. As the Unipiper, Kidd rides a unicycle while playing the bagpipes.
He performs in a variety of costumes — most notably Darth Vader, Santa Claus, and Gandalf — while performing character-appropriate tunes on the pipes. He’s best known for playing “The Imperial March” while dressed as a kilted Darth Vader.
After graduation, Kidd moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and began a paid internship at an aquarium. He found that he was the only bagpiper for hire in the area, and often performed at weddings and funerals.
While he says he had thought about bagpiping while riding the unicycle before, he had always been afraid of falling off and damaging the pipes.
A healthy dose of beer eliminated that worry. When a friend asked Kidd if he was capable of playing the bagpipes while riding his unicycle, Kidd put down his Corona and said, “You know, I bet I could.” And so he did.