Mario wishes Davy Fitz best of luck despite unhappy first impressions
MARIO Rosenstock has wished Clare well in today's All-Ireland hurling final and said he will continue mimicking Davy Fitzgerald, even though the Clare manager is said to be unimpressed.
The comedian (42) started impersonating Fitzgerald, who he has described as "a smurf version of Roy Keane", on the radio three years ago.
Viewers recently saw him include a sketch of the manager in the latest instalment of his RTE television series, 'The Mario Rosenstock Show', as well as imitate him on 'The Late Late Show' earlier this month.
Rosenstock has admitted Fitzgerald is not happy about the impressions, but the comic told the Irish Independent he is not concerned.
"I heard him on the radio saying that he wasn't happy about it and wouldn't be watching the show, but it doesn't bother me," he said.
"I expect that reaction sometimes because I am poking fun at the guy. Some people are better at taking it than others."
The 'Gift Grub' host also channels Marty Morrissey, Francis Brennan, Pat Kenny and Jose Mourinho in the current series, which airs Monday nights at 9.30.
"Davy is one of the best characters I have, so I wish him and his team well today. I haven't tried to make contact with him and I don't think I will either, but it's all good-natured.
"He's well able to take it on the chin, to be honest; he's a very successful manager and he wouldn't be where he is today otherwise. He's a great manager and a brilliant figure in the GAA."
Rosenstock said he will carry on mimicking Fitzgerald, whether Clare beat Cork this afternoon or not, but admitted that the character did have a shelf life.
"The GAA season comes in a burst of glory for three months of summer and is very much over soon," he said. "But there was a huge narrative with hurling this year, from the weather to the drawn final."
RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan is another personality channelled on screen by Rosenstock.
The anchor told this newspaper that she did not plan on watching the programme, and even though it was filmed in the adjacent studio to where 'Prime Time' was broadcast, she had so far avoided looking in on set.