'I'm going to have Miriam host a filthy TV game show in my new series' - Mario Rosenstock
Comedian Mario Rosenstock won't be giving Miriam O'Callaghan a reprieve in his new show.
In fact, the impersonator is expanding his segment on the RTE Prime Time presenter for his revised nationwide tour, which starts in November.
"I have a whole item on her which is her doing a filthy game show because the last thing she would ever do is host a filthy game show. That's like something Al Porter would do," he said.
Far from taking offence at his over-the-top impersonation of her, Miriam proved she was up for a laugh after coming to one of his live shows - and she even texts him occasionally.
"She came to Gift Grub Live 2 in the Olympia and she sat in a box and I shone the spotlight on her and made her come out and take a bow," he said.
"She was really reluctant and it looked like there was nobody sitting in the box at first and then you just see this big mane of blonde hair and a blue dress and there she was. The audience gave her a massive clap.
"She sends me really, really lovely texts which go on forever and you can nearly hear her voice when you read them out. There's lots of 'incredibles' and 'amazings' but they're really nice."
Mario, who will be on the Late Late Show tonight, previously fronted three flagship comedy shows for RTE. But he said that he much prefers doing live shows as TV "takes up too much time". "My favourite thing in the world is to go on stage and do a tour. I put it ahead of anything," he said.
"You never hear laughter on the radio. I've been doing it for 18 years and I get texts from people saying they're in their car and they're laughing.
"But then you bring it out in front of people and realise it makes them laugh and happy - that's the nicest feeling.
"My training as an actor was based on live performance so I'm an actor at heart. I also love going around the country and meeting people.
"Television takes months to produce and it's chewed up and spat out instantly by an audience, consumed in half an hour.
"Whereas with theatre and live performance, you can go around for weeks and months with that show," he added.
However, Mario hasn't ruled out a return to TV at some stage. "Most likely they'll ring me when I'm on stage in Cavan and go, 'Can you give us a new series in three weeks?' he said.
The funnyman will kick off his Winter Tour in Athlone on November 11, ending in Galway on December 10 and has promised plenty new characters to entertain the audience.
Politicians including Shane Ross, Paschal Donohoe and Danny Healy-Rae will all be getting the 'Mario' treatment.