'I'm in no rush to have a TV show,' says funnyman Al Porter
Rising comedy star Al Porter revealed he turned down the offer of his own television show because he's in "no rush" to move into broadcasting full time.
The Tallaght funnyman (22) is one of Ireland's most sought-after comedians but insists he's happy doing stand up, presenting his regular slot on Colm Hayes' 2fm show and making guest appearances on other people's shows for now.
"There's loads of stuff I've said no to and I just thought I'd wait," he told the Herald.
"It's not that I refuse to do it, but I keep meeting them and going, 'let's wait'.
"What I'm doing at the moment suits me," he said.
The young comic admitted he prefers to appear as a guest because it's less pressure than presenting his own show.
"I plan on being around for 50 years, so I'm in no rush. I'm only 22 now, and I'll guest appear on shows by all means because the responsibility doesn't rest on you," he explained.
"There is a really positive relationship between myself and RTE, so when it's right we'll go with it."
Speaking at the launch of the Vodafone Comedy Festival yesterday, Al was joined by Republic of Telly star Bernard O'Shea, who was confident that - despite co-presenter Jennifer Maguire's recent uncertainty over the future of the sketch show - it will be back on TV this autumn.
"Republic of Telly is a mainstay now for the station and it's coming back," he said. "It's coming back in October."