Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mimics to go head-to-head in Christmas showdown

Oliver Callan. Photo: David Conachy
Oliver Callan. Photo: David Conachy
Mario Rosenstock (HN)
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

Rival mimics Oliver Callan and Mario Rosenstock are to go head-to-head this Christmas with rival yuletide TV specials.

The 32-year-old Callan has been asked by RTE chiefs to turn his popular Callan Kicks radio series into a TV special. "It's going to be a 'Review of the Year' with Oliver playing everybody from Tom Cruise to Michael D Higgins," an RTE insider told the Herald.

Sources say that the Monaghan man and his Callan Kicks cast have been given access to use the TV sets of various RTE shows to recreate the big events of 2013.

An RTE source said the Christmas special marked Callan's move onto RTE TV after hit slots on radio, including Callan Kicks which airs on RTE1 Radio each Friday at 6.30pm.

But the Knob Nation impressionist will face stiff competition from rival Mario Rosenstock, who he once worked with at Today FM.


The Mario Rosenstock Christmas Special will be a departure from sketches into a Saturday Night Live type show in front of an audience.

"The Live Mike was one of the biggest shows on Irish TV and Mario wants to recreate that with the troupe of actors and writers he has been using on the Mario Rosenstock Show," said a source. Rosenstock and Callan have not spoken since 2006 when the Monaghan man walked out of Today FM where he worked as a news reader and regular voice on Gift Grub.

However hostilities seem to be over with Callan saying this week, that he was prepared to bury the hatchet with Rosenstock if he was prepared to meet him.

He's unlikely to find the time in the weeks ahead as Callan undertakes a small tour playing Kavanagh's Portloaise on October 26, the Watergate Theatre Kilkenny October 28 and Limerick Concert Hall on November 2.

(The Herald)

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