Al Porter is reconnecting with old friends

Al Porter in Dolans on Thursday 20.

AFTER a six-year hiatus, Al steps back into the limelight live at Dolans on Thursday June 20, with his most intimate show to date, offering a candid and buoyant reflection on his journey thus far. In piecing his life back together, Al emerges as a transformed individual, retaining his trademark spark while embracing newfound humility and vulnerability. It’s like reconnecting with old friends.

Speaking with Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1, the Tallaght comedian expressed remorse for past inappropriate behaviour. “I’m disappointed by my younger self,” he admitted. Al reflected on his past belief that life could be “fun and party, party,” acknowledging now that he was being “unprofessional.”

Al updates us on his evolving relationships—with family, alcohol, his seven-year partner, and even with God—infused with fresh perspectives and hearty laughter. While Al maintains the audacity, passion, and warmth that define his performances, his life experiences have sharpened his wit. Now older and a touch wiser, he’s more relatable and funnier than ever.

Six years ago, at the age of 24, Al was hailed as Ireland’s rising star, selling out theatres across Ireland and the UK. By 19, he was already a sensation, becoming the youngest headliner in Vicar Street’s history at 21. Despite his early success, Al’s career hit a snag, leading to a period of reflection and growth. His candid acknowledgment of past mistakes garnered widespread praise, setting the stage for his triumphant return.

Fresh from a sold-out work-in-progress tour, Al’s comeback has been met with resounding acclaim, with nightly standing ovations affirming his return to form. While some of the gloss may have faded, it reveals the authentic Al beneath.

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“Now” is a comedic tour de force, brimming with irrepressible spirit, optimism, and uproarious laughter from start to finish. Al’s resurgence is nothing short of remarkable, cementing his status as one of Ireland’s foremost comedic talents in his finest show yet.