Brian Kidd learned to play the bagpipes in college. After finding a unicycle in a dumpster, he combined the two skills into a performance art.
"It's just a celebration of the things I love, and I have a lot of fun doing it," Kidd said in an interview with The Washington Post.
A video posted Dec. 8 of the Unipiper pulling down an imperial AT-AT walker mirrored an iconic scene from "The Empire Strikes Back," and has been viewed 8.1 million times on Facebook in the past week.
The Unipiper has appeared in several costumes including Spider-Man, Captain Jack Sparrow, Santa and Sasquatch. "I get bored doing the same thing, that's why I have so many costumes," Kidd said.
As a lifelong "Star Wars" fan, one of his favorite and most frequently featured costumes is that of Darth Vader.
"There is something so iconic about the look of Darth Vader," Kidd said. "And the whole tragic story with Anakin Skywalker, it's a complex character."
The Unipiper is not just limited to performance art. There is an online store where shirts, stickers and mugs featuring his likeness can be purchased. Kidd will be writing a Unipiper book in 2018, and he plans on releasing more Unipiper beer, which, he says "has become a popular tradition here in Portland." And Kidd and two friends host the podcast "Portland at the Movies," in which they review films made in Portland.
Kidd said he is looking forward to the new "Star Wars" film, "The Last Jedi," which premieres Friday. "I have very high expectations," Kidd said. Another, more personal debut is expected soon for the Kidd family.
"I'm going to be the 'uni-papa' for my next project," said Kidd, whose wife is due with their first child next week. "I've gotten a lot of requests already. People want to see baby-piper on a unicycle, so I'll be working on that."
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