'I hope my jokes are well received - I might be jailed by the new year!' says Al Porter ahead of Dubai gigs
He has thrown out the suits and put on a gown for the Christmas panto as Al Porter takes on the role of the Fairy Godmother in The Ugly Sisters And Yer Wan.
The Tallaght man (23) co-wrote the production with fellow comedian Karl Spain and is in intensive rehearsals ahead of the show's debut on Friday, December 16.
"I'm doing this 13 years. It's two shows a day and it's absolutely exhausting," he said.
"There's loads of jokes in it for adults and kids. It was a huge workload this year. I did the script in two days while on tour, it was written from 11pm till 5am both nights."
The Applegreen Christmas panto is filled with musical numbers, and the TV star admits he hopes he doesn't lose his voice during panto season.
"The hardest part is keeping your voice because I shout so much and I go out dancing after the shows, so I'll be in a nightclub until about two in the morning. Some days you sound like Ronnie Drew," he told the Herald.
The show also features performances by Dustin the Turkey, Fair City actors Eric Lalor and Ryan Andrews, and former Mr Ireland Karl Bowe.
Al is already looking ahead to his plans for 2017. "I'm going over to Dubai as soon as the panto is done. I'm going over to do comedy in the Irish Village over there," he said.
The Dubliner is, however, nervous how some of his jokes may be received.
"One of the things I've said is I don't mind slagging the church or I don't mind slagging other churches as well," he said.
"I do lots of jokes about Muslim drag queens, so I don't know how it's going to go down. I might be jailed by the new year."
The panto will be at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin from December 16 to January 8.