'I'll be reining in my raunchy jokes for family-friendly Blind Date' says new host Al Porter
AL Porter is known for his raunchy stand-up comedy, but he says he’ll be keeping things family-friendly on TV3’s Blind Date.
The Tallaght man’s dating series – a revamped version of Cilla Black’s ITV hit – will be coming to screens in the autumn.
However, fans who were hoping for his more risque jokes won’t find them on the dating show.
“We’ve made sure it’s very family-friendly and something you can watch with your family at home on a Sunday. We’re really excited about it,” said Al.
“On stage is kind of like the late night stuff. It’s the difference between The Late Late Show I did in September, which was normal and the whole family would like it, and The Late Late Show I did on Valentine’s Day, which was mental.”
Al has been in touch with comedian Paul O’Grady, who presents the UK’s new Blind Date on Channel 5.
“The English one is going really well and Paul O’Grady has been great. I’ve been on the phone to him a couple of times,” he told the Herald.
“I’ve been asking him what it’s been like doing it and what’s it like filming three episodes a day.”
Al will be working alongside comedian Tara Flynn, who was announced to will be the show’s voiceover announcer, in the vaina similar vein to the original show’s ‘Our Graham’ Skidmore.
With filming already under way, the funnyman has promised an interesting array of contestants.
“We have lesbian panels, gay panels, old panels, young panels. I’ve been at rehearsals for it and making sure that everyone’s good and all that,” said the camp comic.
Al has shown a different side to himself on his Today FM show, which he has been presenting since February.
The Dubliner described his radio programme as “less funny than I intended it to be”, but added that it has shown people a “more mature” side to him.
“You just have to change. I’m still doing everything I was doing but in a different way,” he said.
After signing with a new agent in the UK, Al is hoping to go down a more serious route in the future.
“I decided that’s the path I wanted to go down,” he said.
“I was doing a lot of the comedy stuff with agency Off The Kerb Curband it was like, ‘Let’s get you on a panel show’.
“I like them, but I don’t like them as much as I like doing documentaries or straight presenting.”