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Rising comedian Al Porter gearing up for first solo run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Al Porter - Celebrity Diary

Published 12/06/2015 | 07:52

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Pictured from left "in stitches' at the official launch were, Al Porter;Joanne McNally; and Bernard O'Shea .Vodafone Ireland & Aiken Promotions have announced yet another stellar line-up of International and home-grown talent for this year's Vodafone Comedy Festival 2015.Pic:Naoise Culhane-no fee

RTE funny man Al Porter is preparing for a busy summer of international gigs.

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I'm off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for my first full run in August.

I'm on every single night of the week, which is great.

I'll be doing 30 shows at 9pm in the Gilded Balloon every night and then there'll be other compilation shows as well.

FREEZIN' The Story of the Snow Queen, starring Ireland's funniest Dame Al Porter, at The Olympia Theatre.
FREEZIN' The Story of the Snow Queen, starring Ireland's funniest Dame Al Porter, at The Olympia Theatre.

It'll be the same show I put on in Vicar Street called Al Porter Is Yours but it's a smaller venue so I'll have to do without my confetti canons.

I'll be living with one of my best mates, Karl Spain, while I'm there and we're going to be writing this year's panto, Freezin', together during the day which will be great craic.

I might even bring my costume with me to get into character.

Meanwhile, I'm just back from London where I was supporting Katherine Ryan and we got on brilliantly.

FREEZIN' The Story of the Snow Queen, starring Ireland's funniest Dame Al Porter, at The Olympia Theatre.
FREEZIN' The Story of the Snow Queen, starring Ireland's funniest Dame Al Porter, at The Olympia Theatre.

She's so funny and she introduced me to a lot of great people like Russell Howard and David Walliams.

I played the Civic Theatre in Tallaght last night and a few drinks in the Jobstown House was the after-party but this was another level.

I'm also getting in tune for my comedy swing gig.

I had a brilliant time at the launch party for the Vodafone Comedy Festival in the Odeon on Wednesday night.

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Pictured from left "in stitches' at the official launch were, Al Porter;Joanne McNally; and Bernard O'Shea .Vodafone Ireland & Aiken Promotions have announced yet another stellar line-up of International and home-grown talent for this year's Vodafone Comedy Festival 2015.Pic:Naoise Culhane-no fee
COMEDY STOPS THE TRAFFIC: Comedians Al Porter, Beth Stelling and Aisling Bea, and locals Mary Ryan (left) from Paulstown and Tereza Nolan from Callan, take time out during the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, which kicked off in Kilkenny on Thursday and continues until Monday. Photo: Pat Moore

It was really sunny so we were all outside.

I was there with Colm Hayes who I work with on DriveBy on 2fm.

Al Porter, Darren Kennedy
Al Porter, Darren Kennedy

It's great to see big acts like Reginald D Hunter and Nina Conti and people you only normally see on the TV performing at a great festival in Ireland.

It'll be a busy summer of gigs but I'm going to be taking my show Al Porter Is Yours on tour in the autumn.

I'll be going all around the country and we're even going to try and get over to the Aran Islands as well.

In September I'll be doing a show for one night only which is going to be a swing show called Al Porter Swings Both Ways and it's going to be a bit of a change from my stand up.

It's going to be a night of music and stories - so funny stories and then me and the band are going to sing Louis Prima/Bobby Darin-style hits.

People often say they didn't know I could sing and I say: "I can't but it doesn't stop me".

I'm able to hold a tune and there'll be a really good singer who'll mask what I lack.

Herald

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