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Mario Rosenstock Biography


Mario Rosenstock is an Actor and Writer and the creator of ‘Gift Grub’ and ‘Special 1 TV’.

He first came to the attention of the public playing Dr. David Hanlon in Glenroe during the 1990’s, but soon after the formation of Radio Ireland in 1997 became involved with writing and performing comedy sketches on the station. Mario developed ‘Gift Grub’ for ‘The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show’ where it premiered on May 3rd 1999.

While releasing numerous best selling ‘Gift grub’ albums-Mario continued to act in film and on stage. Films Include ‘Miracle at Midnight’ with Mia Farrow, and ‘Pride and Joy’ (2006).

On stage he performed the title role of ‘Keano’ in the box office smash ‘I, Keano’ in 2005.

In 2007 Mario began developing a satirical sports puppet show for the Setanta sports network. Originally called ‘I’m on Setanta Sports’, it is now known as ‘Special 1 TV’ after its successful transfer to the BBC.

In 2009, Mario scored a huge box office hit with the ‘Gift Grub Live’ stage show which he developed with Ian Dempsey. Selling over 45,000 tickets the show performed 2 sold out nationwide tours, culminating in five sold out performances at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin and a best selling DVD.

Mario has been the winner of a PPI national radio award for ‘Gift Grub’ on six different occasions,’01,’02,’04,’05,’07 and ’09. In 2011 he won the PPI Outstanding Achievement Award.

In 2005 he was awarded Magill magazines ‘Political Satirist of the Year’ and in 2010 ‘JOE.IE’-‘funniest man of the Year’.

In 2012 he finally brought his many characters to TV in his sketch show called The Mario Rosenstock show on RTE 2.

He lives in Blackrock Co.Dublin with his wife Blathnaid and son Dashiell.