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Linda latest star to get Mario treatment

SHE was a force to be reckoned with on the music scene, and now Linda Martin is about to make her stage debut.

The former Eurovision winner is the latest Irish celebrity to be immortalised in the comedy world by impressionist Mario Rosenstock.

The Dublin funnyman will debut the singer-turned-band manager when his Gift Grub show comes to the Olympia Theatre on Thursday.

And if she proves popular, Martin could also see herself on our TV screens courtesy of Rosenstock and his hit RTE2 show.

The 61-year-old is not the only new character to make the stage, with U2's Bono and The Edge set to make their theatre debut.

"Linda Martin is a new character, we do her with all her cats and dogs," Rosenstock told the Herald. "She has 17 dogs at the moment."

"Bono and The Edge are also new to the stage – we've never done them before.

"Another new character we're also laughing at is Prime Time's David McCullagh.

"He is Miriam O'Callaghan's sidekick, so it gives her something to play with."

Rosenstock said RTE presenter O'Callaghan will have a big role in the stage show, and he is also expecting a visit from her.

"Miriam came to the second show and when I was doing her they put the camera on her and the crowd went mad so she came out and took a bow," he said.

Rosenstock (42) is expected to return to RTE later this year. While RTE confirmed the programme will be back, Rosenstock said that he has yet to receive verification from the broadcaster.