Sunday 23 July 2017

'I'll be reining in my raunchy jokes for family-friendly Blind Date' says new host Al Porter

TV3 today unveiled comedy superstar Al Porter as the host of its brand new entertainment show Blind Date. Pictures :Brian McEvoy
TV3 today unveiled comedy superstar Al Porter as the host of its brand new entertainment show Blind Date. Pictures :Brian McEvoy
TV3 today unveiled comedy superstar Al Porter as the host of its brand new entertainment show Blind Date. Blind Date, the world's greatest dating show will air on TV3 this autumn with Al Porter, the IFTA Award winning comedian, columnist and Today FM broadcaster stepping into the role of mischievous matchmaker. TV3 are now looking for contestants for the new show and are calling on all the single men and women in Ireland looking for love to apply, by logging on to www.tv3.ie/blinddate. Pictures :Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use TV3 GROUP UPDATE IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday 19th May, 2017 Irelands Comedy Superstar Al Porter to Host TV3s Blind Date The world's greatest dating show is coming to TV3 this autumn, with Al Porter stepping into the role of mischievous matchmaker. TV3 are looking for contestants and are calling on all the single men and women in Ireland looking for love to apply. If you think you can tell a charmer from a chancer, take a shot at romance and apply on tv3.ie/blinddate now. Today, TV3 unveiled comedy superstar Al Porter as the host of its brand new entertainment show Blind Date. Blind Date, the world's greatest dating show will air on TV3 this autumn with Al Porter, the IFTA Award winning comedian, columnist and Today FM broadcaster stepping into the role of mischievous matchmaker. TV3 are now looking for contestants for the new show and are calling on all the single men and women in Ireland, of all age groups, looking for love to apply, by logging on to www.tv3.ie/blinddate. Commenting on the announcement, Al Porter said; "I'm beyond delighted this is happening and leaped at the chance to do it! Since I was a kid on stage in the Olympia all I've ever wanted to do was cheer people up and entertain as many people as possible. I remember watching shows like Blind Date with Cilla as my Mam ironed and my Nana laughed and it doing just that - cheering us all up! To think I've the opportun

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AL Porter is known for his raunchy stand-up comedy, but he says he’ll be keeping things family-friendly on TV3’s Blind Date.

The Tallaght man’s dating series – a revamped version of Cilla Black’s ITV hit – will be coming to screens in the autumn.

However, fans who were hoping for his more risque jokes won’t find them on the dating show.

“We’ve made sure it’s very family-friendly and something you can watch with your family at home on a Sunday. We’re really excited about it,” said Al.

“On stage is kind of like the late night stuff. It’s the difference between The Late Late Show I did in September, which was normal and the whole family would like it, and The Late Late Show I did on Valentine’s Day, which was mental.”

Al has been in touch with comedian Paul O’Grady, who presents the UK’s new Blind Date on Channel 5.

“The English one is going really well and Paul O’Grady has been great. I’ve been on the phone to him a couple of times,” he told the Herald.

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Al Porter and Tara Flynn

“I’ve been asking him what it’s been like doing it and what’s it like filming three episodes a day.”

Al will be working alongside comedian Tara Flynn, who was announced to will be the show’s voiceover announcer, in the vaina similar vein to the original show’s ‘Our Graham’ Skidmore.

With filming already under way, the funnyman has promised an interesting array of contestants.

“We have lesbian panels, gay panels, old panels, young panels. I’ve been at rehearsals for it and making sure that everyone’s good and all that,” said the camp comic.

Al has shown a different side to himself on his Today FM show, which he has been presenting since February.

The Dubliner described his radio programme as “less funny than I intended it to be”, but added that it has shown people a “more mature” side to him.

“You just have to change. I’m still doing everything I was doing but in a different way,” he said.

After signing with a new agent in the UK, Al is hoping to go down a more serious route in the future.

“I decided that’s the path I wanted to go down,” he said.

“I was doing a lot of the comedy stuff with agency Off The Kerb Curband it was like, ‘Let’s get you on a panel show’.

“I like them, but I don’t like them as much as I like doing documentaries or straight presenting.”

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