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Sunday 19 August 2018

Rachel's unimpressed with CalLan's kick

SHE is a celebrity chef with legions of fans who has become a target for comedians' spitting satire.

But while Rachel Allen has admitted she likes Mario Rosenstock, when it comes to fellow impersonator Oliver Callan she says "you have to take the rough with the smooth".

Callan told the Herald last night that Rachel doesn't live in the real world in response to her less-than-ringing endorsement.

"Rachel and her rich friends are a perfect target for comedy - I'm relieved she didn't like the sketches. But they went down fierce well with the real people," said the 33-year-old comic.

He also said the cool response to his send-up by the 42-year-old yummy mummy was a form of flattery.

"If a target of satire loves the mimic then that mimic is not doing his job," he said.

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Rachel was speaking on the Ray D'Arcy show on Today FM yesterday when the presenter broached the subject of the controversial sketch in Callan's Kicks that aired over the summer.

Explaining how she found previous skits of her hilarious, she trailed off when asked about Callan's particular offering. "I find people like Mario Rosenstock very funny, and when they take the whatever out of me on Republic of Telly I always think they're very funny," she said.

The parody on Callan's show depicted the cookery writer and presenter as a hunting fanatic and was accompanied with the tagline "Rachel Allen - my life is better than yours".

The programme portrayed a shotgun-carrying Rachel in reference to the controversy that ensued after the Ballymaloe Cookery School star was photographed posing with four dead pheasants after a Christmas hunting expedition three years ago.

To make his latest RTE series, Callan set up Catchy Title productions as an independent company. Filming around Montrose was kept to a minimum to avoid many of the targets of his satirical swipes.

It appears very few Irish celebrities are safe from the impressionist, with new faces in his sights including Nicky Byrne, Imelda May, Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman.

He also lampoons his old political favourites Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and President Michael D Higgins.

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