Saturday 24 June 2017

Al Porter to get big-screen treatment

Al Porter. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Al Porter. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Seana Kerslake
(L to R) Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in RTE Two dramedy Can't Cope Won't Cope

Sean O'Grady

Al Porter has lived quite the interesting life - and it could be documented on film if RTE star Seana Kerslake has anything to do with it.

Seana, best known for starring in Can't Cope, Won't Cope, has teamed up with her boyfriend, actor Stephen Jones, for a film based on the comedian's life.

Al (24), who grew up not far from Stephen in Tallaght, cannot wait to meet the couple to discuss the project.

"Stephen and Seana are big fans of Al and they think his story could make a brilliant film," a source told the Herald.

Seana Kerslake
Seana Kerslake

"The project started off as a play but when they started working on it, they realised it had the potential to be on screen."

The couple want to capture Al's journey from a young boy growing up in Tallaght to one of Ireland's most successful comedians.

(L to R) Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in RTE Two dramedy Can't Cope Won't Cope
(L to R) Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in RTE Two dramedy Can't Cope Won't Cope

However, it still remains up in the air if Al will play himself in the drama.

It follows on from the success of Sky's one-off comedy show Al Porter in Ireland, part of its Comedy Bites series, which was made by Steve Coogan's production company Baby Cow.

"The finer details of the production are still to be worked out," said the source.

"But it's an exciting project to be working on. And Al certainly knows how to get the public talking. Just look at the Valentine's Day Late Late Show. People couldn't get enough of his and Linda's performance."

Al has had his hands full lately with his new presenting gig on Today FM.

He joined the station as a full-time presenter for the weekday lunchtime slot and had his first show last Monday.

Station boss Dan Healy said Al left 2fm because Today FM could offer him a prime time slot while 2fm could not.

An industry insider revealed the comedian was "dissapointed" that things had not worked out with 2fm but decided that "Today FM was a better fit for him".

Despite no longer working with the station, Healy was the first person to call the radio host when it was announced he would be taking over the 12-2.30pm slot on the rival station.

"I respect Dan Healy, he gave me one of my first ever thing with Colm Hayes," said Al. "There's mutual love between us.

"He was the first one to ring me when I started on Today FM to wish me good luck. There's mixed feelings."

Al is keeping his fingers crossed his new radio show will grow to be a staple of the Today FM line up in the months to come.

"It's a really warm show. It's pleasant, it's meant to be smiley. It's meant to be very personable. I think it's promising so we'll see," he said.

Herald

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