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I'd love to have a last laugh with Bertie, reveals Byrne

RTE comedian Jason Byrne has said he would love to bring back his hit show Anonymous for a one-off special -- and get former taoiseach Bertie Ahern on board.

But having made the show with everyone from Patrick Kielty to Jedward, the 40-year-old revealed how he'd love to fish for fresh talent in a totally new pond.

"We could do something like a Christmas special, that would be good craic and we'd love to get a politician, someone who's retired now and would be able to do it, someone like Bertie Ahern. He'd be a great one to get," he said.

The show, which previously featured the late PUP leader David Irvine in a surprise move on the politicians part, ran for five series. It centred around giving well-known personalities an iron-proof disguise and sending them onto the streets of Dublin to wind up passers-by.

The last show aired in 2011 and although RTE were keen to make another one, Jason decided he wanted it to go out on a high.

And despite applauding the success of fellow Dublin funnyman Brendan O'Carroll, whose show Mrs Brown's Boys has been a smash hit and even won a Bafta, he said TV comedy's not necessarily for him. "TV is way more politically correct than live comedy and it's all gone a bit mental, you have to be so careful now."

mfinn@herald.ie