Mario Rosenstock

Gift Grub, Vol. 10

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Formerly a serious actor in dramas such as soap opera Glenroe and the Kevin Spacey movie Ordinary Decent Criminal, multi-talented Irishman Mario Rosenstock has since become renowned for his role as the regular comedian, impressionist, and musician on Ian Dempsey's Today FM weekday breakfast show. Indeed, his Gift Grub slot on Ireland's biggest commercial station has become such a well-loved part of the country's culture that even the figures that it parodies, such as serving Taioseach Bertie Ahern, football manager Roy Keane, and Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating, have all gotten in on the joke by appearing live in the studio for various recordings. Released to coincide with the celebrations of the program's first full decade, Gift Grub, Vol. 10 features 29 of Rosenstock's most popular sketches, parodies, and impersonations from the previous 12 months. Irish politicians remain the butt of most jokes, including Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness in a clever skit based on pirate radio and the pair's media silencing in the '80s, Fianna Fail deputy leader Brian Lenihan Jr. in a satirical comparison with the Richard Pryor movie Brewster's Millions, and an amusing spoof of The Hangover that substitutes Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis for John O'Donoghue and Brian Cowen. Three brief send-ups of Gillette Soccer Saturdays, where the football pundits are forced to comment on regular TV programming during a summer break lull, a spoof advert for a telephone chat line manned by Olympic amateur boxer Kenny Egan, and a mock trailer for a film starring Irish rugby union coach Declan Kidney show Rosenstock is capable of lampooning sports stars as convincingly as politicians. But it's the song parodies he's become famous for (his comical take on Will Young's "Leave Right Now" reached his homeland's number one in 2005) that provide the biggest laughs. "NAMA" is an inspired reworking of Paul Hardcastle's "1985" based on the controversial government response to the financial crisis, "Munster Song" is a farcical take on Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreem," and "Where's Me Jumper" is a deadpan cover version of Cork outfit the Sultans of Ping's 1992 bizarre indie disco hit. Most of the references on Gift Grub, Vol. 10 will be lost on anyone living outside the Emerald Isle, but fans of broad and populist Irish comedy will lap up this consistently funny compilation that cements Rosenstock's reputation as the country's premier radio funnyman.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:29
2 4:19
3 5:10
4 2:21
5 3:14
6 3:32
7 1:53
8 1:05
9 3:05
10 2:25
11 1:01
12 0:46
13 1:06
14 0:52
15 5:02
16 2:13
17 0:56
18 0:54
19 1:28
20 4:14
21 0:49
22 2:30
23 2:13
24 1:02
25 0:39
26 3:34
27 0:38
28 1:10
29 2:14
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