Gay's joy at being made a laughing stock

VETERAN broadcaster Gay Byrne, pictured, has admitted that while he's been impersonated many times over the years, only mimic Mario Rosenstock can get it right.

Byrne told the Irish Independent that he can't wait until next week when he features in Rosenstock's new RTE skit show.

The 78 year old is one of many well-known Irish faces, including presenter Miriam O'Callaghan, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Health Minister James Reilly, to appear on the programme.

He said: "I've been done so many times over the years by people who really tried and didn't do very well. But Mario has conquered it and is able to do me the best."

When asked if he takes offence, the former 'Late Late Show' anchor said he considers it a compliment.

"It doesn't bother me at all. As the great Bernard Manning used to say, 'If you can't take a joke, you should stay at home' and that's very true."

Byrne was speaking at the unveiling of the BAI/PPI Hall of Fame in Dublin yesterday, where he was honoured as one of the distinguished inductees.

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