Saturday 17 March 2018

'David McSavage slated me, but I still think he's great' - Mario Rosenstock

Mario Rosenstock. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mario Rosenstock. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Mario Rosenstock has said there's "no hard feelings" towards David McSavage after the controversial comedian criticised his show.

The RTE impersonator has laughed off comments made by McSavage, who hit the headlines ­recently for refusing to pay his licence fee. McSavage, who said he objected to the station's comedy output, appeared in court last week.

His hard-line stance came after the station apparently declined to recommission his show The Savage Eye. One of his targets of derision was Mario's show, with McSavage saying: "I'm willing to go to prison for that."

But taking it all on the chin, Mario told the Diary: "I'm not just fobbing him off, but I'm a massive fan of David and he should make more Savage Eye shows. I think he had a pop at me, and that's fine, there's no hard feelings."

David McSavage
David McSavage

In fact, Mario agreed that his last TV programme could have done better, saying the viewership figures "weren't stellar".

"My problem with the last one was that it was a little too long. The sketches become too fat and it's very hard for people to watch an hour-long comedy show like that. It's exhausting for an audience," he said.

He said that he would consider making another series for RTE - but only if it was 30 minutes long.

The star has gone back to his roots with his sell-out comedy tour coming to the Gaiety Theatre this week.

Receiving rave reviews, he said that it was refreshing to get back to the buzz of a live audience.

Among the most popular impersonations have been "sexy" Rob Kearney, Michael Flatley's take on the Rising, and a slot called "the Ray D'Arcy Mass".

"I absolutely love doing live comedy. I started off on stage and I'm back doing that," he said.

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