Seriously Santa: What Mario Rosenstock wants to find under the tree

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Comedian and impressionist Mario Rosenstock is bringing his live show on tour again next year.

ONE of Ireland’s favourite funnymen is looking forward to some festive downtime after a very busy few months.

Mario Rosenstock will spend Christmas with wife Blathnaid and their children Bellamie (5) and Dash (11), who can hardly wait for December 25. But Mario is unsure of what he’ll find under the tree on Christmas morning.

“I guess a little surprise from my wife if I’m very lucky — I’ll have to be very well behaved up to that point. I love those scarves that are worn with blazers, that’s what I’m into at the moment.”

A few things are certain — there will be tennis and tickles and treats over the festive period for the sports fan and family man.

Rosenstock, the star of Today FM’s Gift Grub, is also returning to Cork in the spring with his massively successful In Your Face tour. Having sold out a six-night run in the Opera House earlier this year, he’s returning for two dates in 2019 — March 6 and 7.

After selling out six nights in the Opera House, he’s added two more dates — March 6 and 7.

He loves performing in the city and feels that Leesiders have always enjoyed his shows.

“I think that they love the piss-take, they love taking the piss. And it’s also a highly political town. For some reason, from the very early days, they really got my humour.”

What shape are you in?

I would be very healthy. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m doing all the right things at all. I’m out of shape at the moment, I’d say, because I’ve been working exceptionally hard for three months. My main thing is tennis. I play tennis to a decent level, but I haven’t been able to play a lot in the last few months.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I eat good food. We eat a rounded diet at home, all home-cooked mainly. My wife tries to cook as much as possible at home, though I’m not much of a cook. She’s into really healthy, simple meals.

What are your guiltiest pleasures?

We have two kids in the house, so there are jellies, and I often end up raiding the jelly jar. I’m a real reward person — if I feel I’ve had a good day I’ll give myself a reward. A glass of wine and cheese and crackers, is there anything nicer? I find that keeping them out of the house actually works.

What would keep you awake at night?

Worry, stress. But I’m a good sleeper.

When I hit the pillow I’m asleep within ten seconds. I can crash out immediately.

How do you relax?

I really love playing tennis and I think it’s one of the most relaxing things I can do. I find when I’m involved in a really good game, you go into that really focused space.

I love watching documentaries. I watch a lot of television. It’s an occupational hazard — I have to keep on top of everything that’s happening. I watch a lot of current affairs and sport.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Mohammad Ali. Napoleon — I’m fascinated with Napoleon — Michael Collins, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Vivien Leigh.

What’s your favourite smell?

Burning firewood. I quite like the smell of petrol, actually. And the smell of autumn, whatever that is.

What would you like to change about your appearance?

I’m happy with my eyes, because I can do Miriam O’Callaghan with those eyes. I would definitely get a flatter tummy. I would have a tendency to have a belly. And moobs, I would get rid of those. When I eat badly I get moobs and a belly.

When was the last time you cried?

I was semi-weeping when Ireland beat the All Blacks in November. I love rugby, I love sport, and for as long as I can remember, Ireland never beat the All-Blacks [on home soil]. You can see the coming to fruition of the history that has gone into this, and what it means to so many people.

What traits do you least like about others?

Bullying. I hate bullying at any level, micro level or macro level. I hate meanness as well. Particularly petty, small-minded meanness.

What traits do you least like about yourself?

I can be too blunt. I can be rude when I don’t mean to be rude, but I sound rude. I can be a little arrogant at times. I’m trying to be aware of it.

Do you pray?[b/]No. Only when I’m desperate.What would cheer up your day?

Playing a game called Tickle Bed with my daughter Bellamie. It’s a delivery of tickles. She can choose which tickle it is. There are about 30 different types of tickles. It’s like Deliveroo for tickles.

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