Friday 20 April 2018

Callan kicks: Spat with Mario grows increasingly bitter

Comedian Oliver Callan. Photo: Tom Burke 11/7/2014
Comedian Oliver Callan. Photo: Tom Burke 11/7/2014
Mario Rosenstock. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The on-going spat between comedy rivals Mario Rosenstock and Oliver Callan has grown increasingly bitter, with Oliver branding Mario “a posh, rich, south Dublin eejit.”

The pair has been at war since 2006 when Callan left his job as newsreader on Today FM, and as one of the contributors on Mario's (43) Gift Grub radio show.

Last year tension between the rivals increased when Oliver (33) slated the Mario Rosenstock show as "very poor" on twitter.

Now Mario (43) has hit back, advising his rival to “stop doing me” and branding him “a tribute act,” in response to declining ratings for Oliver's new show Callan's Kicks.

Oliver responded, telling the Irish Sun on Sunday, “He says I should stop doing Mario?

“Having grown up a farmer in a rough border county, it’s impossible for me to impersonate a posh, rich south Dublin eejit.

"Mario is a tired act and is rightly worried about my success.

“My comedy makes people think about who’s in charge of Ireland and why are they f***ing everything up.

“Mario’s stuff seems entirely aimed at befriending celebrities and making him more money for his pile."

An impressive 367,000 tuned in for the first episode of Callan’s Kicks earlier this month however figures have been steadily dropping, with just 263,000 watching last Fridays show.

This is despite having the prime Late Late Show time-slot.

Last year, The Mario Rosenstock Show averaged 255,000 views on Monday nights on RTE2.

Responding to these figures Mario said  “it might help if Oliver Callan stopped constantly trying to copy me.

“I don’t want to stick in the boot if his figures are bad, but audiences are the best judges of what’s good.”

Oliver claimed he is happy with the figures saying “TV audiences are lower in the summer but we are doing extremely well.

“How can anyone compete with the Late Late Show which has been running for over 40 years and is two hours longer. I’m very happy.”

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