Wednesday 22 November 2017

Al Porter gets set to move to London for the BBC

Al Porter. Photo: David Conachy
Al Porter. Photo: David Conachy

Sean O'Grady

He has become one of Ireland's most popular comedians and now Al Porter is ready to test the waters in London as he gears up to move to the UK.

The Tallaght man (23) told the Herald he is to move to England in the New Year for three months to try and crack the British market.

"I'm actually moving over in the New Year to London. Not permanently, but to try it out. I'll hit the clubs to do stand-up and I've more TV lined up for BBC panel shows. When I'm over there, I'll try to do more BBC Radio and more TV," he said.

Al has made appearances on UK shows before and hopes audiences will want him back. If the stint goes well, Al has not made up his mind yet whether or not he will stay and make London his base.

"I'm such a home bird I want to see whether I'll like living in London. It's hard to know. I have a lot of things that keep me at home like very good friends so it's tough," he said.

It is set to be a busy Christmas for the comedian as he is in rehearsals for his panto show The Ugly Sisters & Yer Wan. Al co-wrote the show alongside Karl Spain, with Simon Delaney slated to direct.

Putting together a panto is no easy task and the cast and crew are in rehearsals for up to 10 hours a day to get ready for their debut show on December 16.

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"Christmas plans for me this year are just to do the panto. I have written the show with Karl Spain. We're going to be doing about ten hours of rehearsals everyday now until we're on with our director Simon Delaney who actually looks quite like Karl Spain," he said.

"That's how Karl ended up writing it with me, I thought he was Simon one day and I said 'lets write the script'."

The TV star only has a few days off to enjoy the holidays this year and plans to make the most of it and hit his local pub to unwind.

"I only get two days off, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day," he said.

"I'll be in the pub singing, having great craic and on Christmas Day it's very traditional. My dad cooks and normally gets a bit drunk and tries to put me on top of the tree."


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