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Al Porter interview: the old school Irish comedian who's putting the camp back into comedy

Al Porter has more in common with Frankie Howerd than Dara O Briain
Al Porter has more in common with Frankie Howerd than Dara O Briain Credit:  Mark Condren/Irish Independent

His humour echoes Frankie Howerd’s, and his success could one day rival Michael McIntyre’s. Boudicca Fox-Leonard meets Dubliner Al Porter 

Arriving late, apologetic and breathless, comedian Al Porter heads straight to the bar to order a cappuccino and a gin and tonic. It’s 11.30am.

The immaculate coiffed hair; the sharply tailored suit; the tumble of theatrical monologues: there is an old-school aura to the 24-year-old Dubliner, who has the ability to turn any room into a stage. No wonder he’s already being tipped as the successor to Michael McIntyre.

As an entertainer, though, Porter has more in common with flamboyant British oldies such as Larry Grayson and Leslie Crowther than his compatriots Tommy Tiernan and Dara Ó Briain, and he knows it.

“Camp comedy isn’t a big Irish thing,” he says. “Britain produces them by the dozen, and I’m really at home in the British tradition,” he says.

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