Thursday 8 December 2016

Al Porter: 'I've a Copper's gold card...there is no downside to fame!'

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Published 13/10/2016 | 10:13

Al Porter. Photo: Naomi Gaffey
Al Porter. Photo: Naomi Gaffey
Al Porter at Electric Picnic Festival. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Comedian Al Porter as the Olympia's dame Lolly Polly.
Al Porter and Angela Scanlon at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Al Porter at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2016

Al Porter has reached the pinnacle of Irish celebrity status - a Copper's gold card.

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The 23-year-old comedian, who recently scooped the prestigious Rising Star TV IFTA, said he's enjoying the perks of newfound fame since he rose to prominence in 2015 with his no-holds-barred approach to comedy.

When asked by RSVP Magazine about the downsides of fame, he said: "Is there one? Free in to nightclubs, a Copper's gold card, suits from Louis Copeland - there is no downside. Honestly, the the only thing would be losing the ability to make a first impression on strangers.

"When I meet a stranger I can't expect them to see everything I've ever done, so I wonder, 'What Al does this person think I am?'"

Al Porter at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2016
Al Porter at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2016

Porter, who has been busy selling out stand-up shows around Ireland and the UK as well as landing coveted broadcasting spots, said some of the best professional advice he received came from broadcasting legend Gay Byrne who told him not to drink on stage anymore.

"He is Irish royalty whether we like it or not...it was good advice. I had a beer on stage with me at the gig and I was drinking the beer and the audience started to cheer, 'down it, 'down it' and I did. I had told a guy on the crew when I finished  my pint to put another one at the side of the stage.

"He put one out and the audience thought it was a joke so they started to say 'down it, down it'. So, for the craic, I downed that one too and for the next couple of jokes, I had to suppress getting sick on stage.

"Nobody really noticed, but Gay did. He told me he loved the show, but then said, 'Don't drink on stage, it's not professional and I don't like it. You are in control, not the audience'.

Al Porter at Electric Picnic Festival. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Al Porter at Electric Picnic Festival. Picture: Caroline Quinn

"Since then, I only drink water."

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