Most ‘normals’ like to celebrate the new year on the 1st of January but real coolies like us know that the 12th of February is when it really gets going, OF COURSE. It is for that reason that I have chosen this day to release the first 2019 episode of The 80%. To kick off the new, real new year, I had to get someone completely brilliant and utterly charming for your teeny earbuds to enjoy and friends, I have done just that. May I present to you actor, writer, performer and star of the hugely successful Gift Grub on Today FM, Mr Mario Rosenstock. Readers, it was like looking in a mirror.

Mario grew up in Waterford, home of the blaa but eventually made his way up to Dublin, home of Old Mr Brennan and never left. His first acting role was in Death of a Salesmen in secondary school and from then on he was bitten by the bug. By the time he got to Trinataaay Cawwwwledge (Trinity College) he acted his tiny tush off in several Player’s Productions and was soon signed to the Lisa Richard’s Agency, now one of Ireland’s biggest agencies. Before long he was cast in Glenroe as dashing Dr. David Hanlon, starred opposite Mia Farrow and played in The Abbey. However, it wasn’t until a small gig came up on Today FM, twenty years ago now, that brought Mario the success he still enjoys today.

We talked about early burnout when he started Gift Grub, family tensions, the payoff that making people laugh brings and building your own raft to get through this little thing called life (Joan Bruton voice).

I hope you enjoy our chat with Mario and if you do, leave a review! Good man/woman/person yourself.

Until next time cuties, PEACE AND LOVE, PEACE AND LOVE.



If you live in D8 or anywhere in Dublin, pop into Marlowe and Co. for a coffee or something delish. Their business is only new and they are…the business!


Join the library lgma.iii.com/selfreg and you can take out the following books that I have read since Jan(uary):

An Abbreviated Life – Ariel Leve (Memoir)
Normal People – Sally Rooney (longlisted for the Man Booker 2018)
Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller(shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2003).
Lily Allen – My Thoughts Exactly – www.dubraybooks.ie/search?as=true&…r:%20Lily+Allen

Russian Doll – Netflix
Have you seen the Listers? – Netflix
Phantom Thread – Ye Olde DVD Shoppe?

These were my soundtracks to last summer and I played them on a loop coming back from Cork today.
NPR Tiny Desk – MacMiller youtu.be/QrR_gm6RqCo
NPR Tiny Desk – Chance the Rapperhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kWbZvVU-e0

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