Sunday 23 October 2016

'Think before you tweet nasty remarks', Al tells online critics

Tallaght comedian Al Porter has developed a thick skin over nasty comments online
Tallaght comedian Al Porter has developed a thick skin over nasty comments online

Funnyman Al Porter said he has been exposed to the more disturbing side of social media and would quit it if it became too much.

The TV star (23) said he "wouldn't think twice about abandoning Twitter if it ever became an issue".

"I do get some negativity. When I first started out, if I got a bit of stick online it used to upset me a lot more than it would now," he said.

"I think that can be down to insecurity and you can take things to heart. But then you tell yourself, 'Some anonymous person doesn't like me, so what?'

"It's fine if you're not everybody's cup of tea. I've got a thick skin about it now, but I do wish that people would think before they tweet nasty comments."

Having appeared on TV shows including Live at the Apollo and It's Not Me It's You, he is one comedian whose star is on the up.

However, Al - who lives with his parents in Tallaght - said he banned his mother from going to his gigs until he performed at Vicar Street before a sell-out crowd.

"I used to borrow money off her to do a comedy show in this Gardiner Street hostel," he said. "I was worried she'd come in and see me and if it was a bit s*ite she'd be like, 'Why don't you get a real job?'

"So I waited until I did the Late Late Show and then became the youngest person to ever sell out Vicar Street and then I was like, 'You can come to this show'."

As well as gearing up for a national tour taking in 30 dates from September, Al is also in talks with RTE about a possible radio project.


Although he was keeping tight-lipped, he said he has recently learnt how to run a radio desk and it was a case of "watch this space".

"I did present a radio show with Colm Hayes for 10 months," said Al. "Radio is one of my first loves and I've been in and out of the radio centre every week this year.

"I've also been presenting on RTE Pulse and consider myself part of the 2fm team. I can't say any more."

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