Green Tea (radio show)

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Green Tea is the title of a series of topical comedy pieces broadcast each weekend on RTÉ Radio 1, starring Oliver Callan.

It features President Michael D. Higgins shouting "Where's my box? Where’s my box?" before he goes to bed under his Seamus Heaney duvet, and unsuccessful presidential candidate David Norris as Higgins's vice-president.[1] It also features Charlie Bird, Gerry Adams and Giovanni Trapattoni.[2]

The Irish Times has described Green Tea as "essentially an extended version of Nob Nation", Callan's previous incarnation.[3]

In October 2011, Callan was involved in a public altercation with Kerry GAA star and fashion columnist Paul Galvin, with media reporting that Callan had recently mimicked Galvin asking Taoiseach Enda Kenny to man-up by giving him a body-wax on Green Tea, and that Callan has also been making humorous references to his relationship with Gráinne Seoige.[4][5] The altercation prompted an appearance by Callan on national television during which he came out as gay.[6] Callan impersonated Galvin again on Green Tea the week after the incident.[7]


  1. ^ Hourihane, Anne Marie (31 October 2011). "Michael D's best qualities make him a mimic's dream". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Mullally, Una (9 January 2012). "Radio mimic aims to make impression on stage". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 9 January 2012. Green Tea has been a big hit for RTÉ Radio 1, with Callan effortlessly transitioning from Gerry Adams to Giovanni Trapattoni, Charlie Bird to President Michael D Higgins. 
  3. ^ Heaney, Mick (12 February 2011). "'Green Tea' makes for a weak brew". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Did Paul Galvin nut impersonator Oliver Callan last night?". JOE. 20 October 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Brady, Tom; Sweeney, Ken (21 October 2011). "Gardaí probe GAA star Galvin's pub bust-up with RTÉ impersonator Oliver Callan: Footballer clashes with RTÉ star over Seoige sketch". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Oliver Callan, Comedian On Ireland's 'Nob Nation' Radio Show, Denies Homophobia, Comes Out On Live Television". The Huffington Post. 31 October 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Audio: Oliver Callan gets his own back on 'humourless' Galvin". JOE. 24 October 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 

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