I first saw Al Porter at a gig in a sparsely attended comedy gig in a bar near Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Immediately I was aware that he was something special.
At a time when a lot of new stand ups are influenced by acts like Bill Hicks or Louis CK, Al was coming from a completely different tradition. His influences are people like Frankie Howerd and Larry Grayson and the British vaudeville tradition they come from but of course he gives it a modern twist.
Unlike all the other comedians and musicians I have interviewed he is not someone who has discovered a yearning for performance in his teens. He has been performing on stage literally from the age of three.
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