Gift Grub is the title of a series of short comic pieces broadcast on weekdays on the breakfast show of Irish commercial radio station Today FM since 1999. The characters in the pieces are based on real people, generally local and international celebrities and political figures, and are voiced mainly by mimic Mario Rosenstock.

The title is a remnant of the original format of the pieces, in which the character of Bertie Ahern, Ireland’s Taoiseach (prime minister), would introduce the listening public to favourite (“Gift”) meals or food items (“Grub”). The portrayal of Ahern as blustering and inarticulate but infinitely shrewd set the tone for the future. Ahern is still the main star, but other frequent appearances are made by impersonators of Roy Keane, Gerry Adams, Colin Farrell, Ronan Keating, Bill Cullen’ Michael D. Higgins and many others.

The popularity of the show has generated a number of spin-off compilations and merchandise and catchphrases that have caught on in the general public, such as Bertie’s “Infacta”, “Jaysus” and “Ya Spanner”, and some may claim that the sketches’ portrayal of Ahern as street-wise, human and funny has arguably boosted the approval rating of the government and prolonged the real Ahern’s grip on power in the country.

Edited by sheridanniall on 1 Aug 2007, 10:50

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