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P. J. Gallagher (comedian)

P. J. Gallagher
File:PJ Gallagher 2014.jpg
Gallagher performing 2014
Medium Television, Stand up
Nationality Irish
Genres Stand up comedy, Surreal humour
Influences Jason Byrne (comedian)
Notable works and roles
Website http://www.pjgallagher.com

P. J. Gallagher is an Irish stand-up comedian, perhaps better known from his television show Naked Camera.[1] His various characters in the programme include a mentally unstable taxi driver, ladies man Jake Stevens and a "Dirty Auld One", an old woman who makes sexual comments. Gallagher's performances on T.V has made him one of Irelands most recognised comedians. Ryan Tubridy has been quoted as describing him as "an inspiration to aspiring Irish actors and comedians" citing "if P. J. can do it, it gives us all hope". His taxi driver character infuriated many well-known, highly respected media personalities in the third series, including rugby pundit George Hook and football presenter Bill O'Herlihy. Gallagher travelled to the U.S. in 2008 where his alter ego Jake Stevens interviewed people such as Erik Estrada and Lou Ferrigno for the television series Makin' Jake. After doing many more smaller T.V. shows P. J. has returned with a big bang in 2011, with a comedy sketch show which drew the attention of US talk show host, Conan O'Brien. Commenting on Meet Your Neighbors, Conan said, 'That guy cracked me up for an entire afternoon that I forgot to meet my wife for lunch. It's classic comedy but with a twist.' Gallagher's fame has grown from strength to strength along with his abilities which are simply awe inspiring.

He is an alumnus of St Paul's College, Raheny.

Gallagher is friends with fellow comedian Jason Byrne. Gallagher has also worked on BBC's The I Hate Show.[2]

Gallagher is also a motorbike racer. He has admitted to having Reiter's syndrome.[3]

He participated in season 4 of Celebrity Bainisteoir managing St Patrick's GAA Club Donabate, Dublin.[4]

He was in Meet Your Neighbours, when RTÉ put him on RTÉ One.[5]

He now presents P. J. and Damian in the Morning with Damian Farrelly on Classic Hits 4FM.

References

  1. Lisa Richards Comedy - PJ Gallagher
  2. RTÉ Two: The Cafe
  3. Kelly, Fiach (4 January 2008). "Comedian reveals how he tracked birth parents to solve family health mystery". Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  4. "RTÉ's Celebrity Bainisteoirs announced". RTÉ Ten. 15 July 2011.
  5. "Meet Your Neighbours". RTÉ Television. Retrieved on 25 December 2011.

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