Tuesday 24 October 2017

Mario Rosenstock launching own Saturday Night Live

An audience of over 300 got a sneak preview of the new format last Wednesday when they attended a live variety Christmas special hosted by Mario in The Helix.
An audience of over 300 got a sneak preview of the new format last Wednesday when they attended a live variety Christmas special hosted by Mario in The Helix.
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

Comedian Mario Rosenstock hopes to put clear water between himself and rival RTE sketch shows, Irish Pictorial Weekly and The Savage Eye, by launching his own Saturday Night Live.

An audience of over 300 got a sneak preview of the new format last Wednesday when they attended a live variety Christmas special hosted by Mario in The Helix.

"The weirdest thing was standing there in front of an audience being myself but dressed up as Miriam O'Callaghan," Mario said.

But while it only takes a wig and a skirt to do the Prime Time host -- other targets like Marty Morrissey can keep Mario in make-up and wardrobe for over an hour.

"Instead of having the audience hanging around, we have musical acts coming in to perform during the breaks or show them pre-recorded sketches. It was a great buzz and could actually end up cheaper than doing a sketch show because we don't need locations," he said.

Keith Duffy has been a regular target for Mario's comedy both on TV and radio with the Boyzone star chiding Ian Dempsey on his breakfast show yesterday about the wind-ups on Gift Grub.

"Ian didn't have the heart to tell Keith that he's in the Christmas special too. We couldn't leave him out but he's a mate and I know he doesn't mind," he said.

The re-emergence of Roy Keane is also covered in the Christmas special on St Stephen's Night in much-loved Radio Roy special.

"It covers Roy's decision to go over to the dark side and work for the FAI.

The special is likely to be the first time the Irish senior soccer team's assistant manager Roy is seen on screen with boss Martin O'Neill.

"Roy and Martin. It's like Morecambe and Wise and Laurel and Hardy. The potential is limitless. Imagine how great it would be if Stephen Ireland came back to the team too," he said.

The Mario Rosenstock Show airs on December 26.

(The Herald)

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