Tuesday 12 December 2017

Al Porter has last laugh with slot on leading BBC comedy show

Comedian Al Porter
Comedian Al Porter
Al Porter
Al Porter
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Funnyman Al Porter is making big waves across the water after landing a slot on a BBC comedy show.

He has revealed he'll be spending more time in London over the coming months after being booked for a top TV show.

"I've a few recordings coming up over in London for a TV project. I know it's annoying but it's one of those things that I can't stay too much about yet," he said.

"But I'll be guesting on a very famous TV show alongside people like Jack Whitehall and Ricky Gervais."

Al Porter
Al Porter

The stand-up comedian made his UK TV debut earlier this year on BBC's Live at the Apollo - and obviously impressed bosses at the Beeb.

Closer to home, he'll be back on Irish TV screens next Tuesday after letting Lucy Kennedy into his parents' home for her TV3 show Livin' With Lucy.

The comic star said viewers will probably be surprised that he still lives at home in Tallaght's Springfield with his mum Marian and dad Mick, despite his increasing fame. But the 23-year-old said that he has no plans to move out of his folks comfy house anytime soon due to spiralling house prices.

"I think it depends on whether people like me or not, if they'll be surprised at me still being at home. If they like me, they'll be like, 'I thought he was making a fortune' and then people who don't will be like, 'I'm surprised he's even making a living,'" he said.

"But I'm a real home bird and I just thought, 'what's the point in going out and wasting money on rent?'

"I have tried to buy a house, I put a bid on a house on Tallaght's main street and I was seriously outbid, so it's a tough market.

"I will eventually be getting a little starter home, but I'll probably still live in Tallaght so why not stay at home?

"People probably don't realise how lazy I actually am. I put every ounce of energy into my shows and my radio and my TV work. I've no time for washing and cooking and doing laundry. It's all done for me at home."

He said his parents loved opening the doors of their home to the cameras, and were busy getting their house camera-ready before the filming.

"The whole house was redecorated the week before we filmed. My mam was like Hyacinth Bouquet opening the door to Lucy," he said.

However, he drew the line at ever doing a Kardashian-style reality show in his home.


"I really enjoyed doing it. Lucy's a very easy person to talk to and you end up talking about love and heartbreak, so you do get to see the man behind the circus," he said.

"I hope I came across as my usual jovial self, but I don't think my mam and dad would want the cameras to be around all the time."

A protege of former 2fm presenter Colm Hayes, he has been hotly tipped to land a gig at the revamped station.

When asked about the speculation linking him with a new gig in RTE, he said that he was "as in the dark as anyone".

"I'd love to do it, but the more I gig abroad and do things in England, the harder it is to schedule," he said.

The youngest comedian ever to headline Dublin's 1,200-seater venue Vicar Street last year, he embarked on a nationwide tour last month and has been hitting all the right notes with Irish audiences.


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