Dublin comic Al Porter has been nominated for a Best Comedy Show award at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, which are commonly known as 'the comedy Oscars'. 

Porter's show At Large, which he has been performing to sold-out crowds, is one of just eight shows to be nominated for Best Comedy at the awards, which take place this Saturday.

Tallaght-born Porter, 23, now follows huge Irish comedy names such as Dylan Moran and Tommy Tiernan, who were both previously nominated for the award.

The hyperactive king of the double entendre was described by one critic as “a throwback to the sort of screamingly queer comedy icons of yesteryear”

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Speaking from Edinburgh today, Porter said he was "so surprised and thrilled" to be shortlisted.

"I've been having a ball with audiences of all ages over here in Edinburgh and to be nominated for this award like my heroes Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran were before, is just surreal," he said. "I'm definitely expecting a free pint in my local The Dragon in Tallaght now."

Among those who have been spotted enjoying Porter's At Large are fellow comedians Jack Dee, Seann Walsh and Steve Coogan.

The At Large show returns to Ireland next month for a nationwide tour which kicks off in Vicar Street, Dublin on September 9. 

Earlier this summer, Al told RTÉ Entertainment about his newest comedy rival - his little brother.