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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Risky comic McSavage's routine dropped from Saturday Night

OUTLANDISH comic David McSavage had his performance on the Saturday Night Show axed because it "wasn't up to scratch", said the producer.

The comedian has branded RTE as boring after his stand-up routine was dropped from Brendan O'Connor's chatshow.

The Savage Eye creator McSavage, who was hoping to promote an upcoming Vicar Street gig, said: "The producer said to me 'They will be tuning out in their thousands'.

"I was taken aback. I've tried and tested the routine before. They felt I was going to offend. They're a bit stuffy, I think they've a policy which is kind of boring."

But the show's producer Larry Masterson has insisted the reason McSavage was dropped was because he just "wasn't up to scratch".

Mr Masterson said McSavage had "ignored" their requests for him to come in and rehearse the slot.

He added: "We gave him seven weeks' warning."

Liveline host Joe Duffy recently slammed RTE bosses for broadcasting The Savage Eye. Duffy condemned the show which portrayed him as a "sexual pervert".

Duffy is lampooned as a leather-clad sado-masochist who derives pleasure from his callers' misery.

The show has also ridiculed other stars such as Miriam O'Callaghan and comedian Des Bishop.

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