Mario gets ready to poke fun at the bailout bankers
Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30
Buyout funds and banks - including the bailed-out ones - are sensing the need to laugh again, comedian Mario Rosenstock told me over coffee last week.
"There's definitely been a noticeable increase in the number of banks and funds looking for bookings."
The bankers and financiers are also ready to be lampooned over their role in the crash. "It used to be 'don't mention what happened'," said Mario. "But now they're ready to face it. It's time to stop looking back and time to start living again."
High-profile corporate events were a feature of the boom.
"The builders are back," laughs Mario. "And so are the comedians. This could be a cyclical thing, the beginning of it all happening over again. It's only a matter of time before we see houses for €14m again."
Mario is getting ready for the biggest gig of his life next weekend when he's set to bring Miriam, Enda, Joan, Roy and a host of other characters to nearly 3,500 people at the Marquee in Cork. Daire O Briain is the only other comedian to have filled the joint.
MCD boss Denis Desmond, who is promoting Mario's Gift Grub Live Tour 3, believes that ticket sales are a real barometer of an economy. People buying tickets to live shows indicates stronger consumer confidence.
"Live ticket sales are one of the last things to go in a recession... but they are also one of the first things to come back when an economy begins to recover," he said.
Sunday Indo Business