Laura Whitmore has been going out with boyfriend Iain Stirling for over a year, but having him perform his stand-up act in front of her family still made her nervy.
The comedian, best known as the narrator of Love Island, flew in from London with Laura for his first Irish gig.
Laura admitted she was a little apprehensive about what her quick-witted fella might say on stage in Vicar Street on Sunday night.
“My family were all there so I was like, ‘Oh, God, I don’t know what he’s going to say’,” she said.
However, Iain’s act went down a treat with everyone there, with Laura saying he brought the house down.
“It’s such a good venue – I think I was more excited than he was. It was a great crowd, we were all laughing,” she said.
“It was lovely, I think he did really well. Scottish and Irish humour are quite similar anyway.
“When I travel away I still have my Irish community that I hang around with and I think that the humour travels very well.”
As for ever making a move back to Ireland, it’s not on the cards right now for Laura, who has lived in London for a decade.
Appearing on the Late Late Show London special made her realise that home was never more than a stone’s throw away.
“I always come home. When we were doing the Late Late, we were talking about the Irish abroad and I was thinking I only spend about 30pc of the year in London and I’m constantly moving around,” she said.
“My stuff is in the one place, my family are here. It doesn’t matter where you live, because I literally flew home at the weekend and then I’m flying back to London today.
“You get to Ireland in a day, I’m really lucky – I’ve friends who are in Australia or America. For me, it feels like I’m an hour from home.”
Laura said keeping in touch with family through social media has made life much easier for her and kept the feeling that she is missing out at bay.
“I’ve got a little niece and she knows me from seeing me on FaceTime and not just from the telly,” she said.
Laura added that while she was called to try out for the Dancing With The Stars presenting gig, which ultimately went to 2FM DJ Jennifer Zamparelli, she didn’t screen test.
“They called and I wasn’t able to do it or go forward for it,” she said.
Laura was speaking at the launch of the world’s first Connected Restaurant powered by the Three Network and using Samsung technology, in Clarendon Street, Dublin. It will be open from November 29 to December 2.
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