Comic Jack Gallagher

Monday, April 9th

Nationally known comic Jack Gallagher has opened for Tony Bennett, the Temptations and Dolly Parton (now there’s a story!) He was on with Johnny, Jay and Conan. Emmy award winner, writer, and genuinely nice guy!


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Walsh saw off emotion. Firm. In addition crews from emotion. There. So why didn't prime minister Osama questions I am so excited to just shoot the crap but you I guess it's a crap. How long have you been doing either stand up comedy how continuing getting paid it's how fun getting. Page yeah now fighting get paid it first states to pay people. Seriously yes. I started is on the University of Massachusetts I graduated from college already in my life and my girlfriend who has. At University of Massachusetts went out there and teaching degree and when I was out there and started working. At a little. Open Mike night on campus that if you were the funniest act. Voted by the audience Uga. Passes to this restaurant that was associated with this month campus. So at unionized. Go because we have any money or restaurant. Well now and I I always wanted to stamp and how to start and that's how I started an and I used to go to clubs in that area. Like at happy hours and stuff and I'd give the manager five or ten dollars to blow up onstage during the operate consider if I'm funny. Gimme my money back if you can keep on doesn't like against the. So it never got the money back there are so people say I've always wanted to do their size like to do that and you said you've always wanted to do stand up when did you win. Were you a teenager were you a little kid who used to be that the Hammack yeah. Animal yeah I mean I was not a good student I was in a good athlete I was funny and I don't know why I was funny but I always could find the funny and stuff. So from the time I was probably you know I wanted to be actually wanna be a disc jockey. So badly are you glad. Well I'll tell you what happened might one year for Christmas my parents bought me a turntable and microphones like a practice. And I want I love music I wanted to be distracting him and I got a job at this tiny little radio station in Massachusetts. Taught Massachusetts. Silver city. Where that war well yeah I don't know Upton O'Sullivan got reed and Barton so yeah. They're located and Johnson so I don't think so I was the account executive and at a weekend shift. And I hated it. I was alone in her room by myself. And by stone you know it's the love music and so and I. Just started I don't know it's I was teaching school. And what a great thing to have a teacher with a sense of humor was that bought T resist all at standouts are former TH is bill Crosby in the hunt for him I think Robert Klein was a teacher. Lot of guys don't know that that I started with were teachers so. Yeah I miss the same kind of things stand up front group of people and have to. You have to occupy their attention and you have to. Get them to pay attention for a specific amount of time. So in the mid eighties and I was on the radio station in San Francisco called line went 05 where ballots I feel like you might have even higher assets away and now I'm move if you I was his traffic report live while I watch shadow poem yes as Kathy LaBarge ski. And that was you tell me why this line lower after the bars because that was my real I get thrown into the the traffic reporter either quit it was an around and I. Didn't have a radio names so that was my real name and running him appear in my instance I'm really tired of being crystal are skipping you need something not true sure. But so you couldn't so we can talk about this and it. You don't fit the mold of a lot of comics at that time and I'm talking Dana Carvey Rob Schneider Monty Python. Jeremy or America hasn't revived. Kevin rainy. Go break the cycle for less weekend and he's so different. The guys on my best buddies we had a a record for under pastor way and there was a memorial for him last week in his hometown and upstate New York so this up articles when and so. I'm Tom. Kenny who all got him why Bob who called our house. And and floored my daughter that as sponge up violence and literacy game is there a date for a lot of guys who. This my friend Eric Herman who passed who influence. So yeah but I used to love going to San Francisco has to stay with Jeremy Kramer yes and and Kevin mean it was on my best friends. And I love that scene it was very similar to Boston. And that the comics kinda rammed the situation they just showed up they would do Orton necessarily scheduled but here's a question you and I hope Alex in this category as well. I'm a lot of comics and I don't see who is this person. Are very introverted and somewhat dark and even a little bit shy when they're not on stage and that's their place to. Have that other side come out do you do. Two are not so yes and I'm not a really social person. I don't like going to parties and I'm very very uncomfortable. In group situations where I'm not on stage to Obama mama I don't think I'm darken all I I know a lot of guys who are but I'm not but I'm not. A tremendously. I can be outgoing. But I'd rather be alone I just spent two weeks on Cape Cod by myself. And it was Gloria I think I talked of five people into and what is it what is your family say when you guys kept under while Jean came my lecturing came out. For a few days I'm. We have a small my wife calls an clam shack we have a small house there than it and I and I like to go back occasionally to so it's not. Empty for six months that it move and I can I'm writings like and right there and I love. That area obviously being from there's. So I got to read this as an intro and I am people locally known you. And I just out found out something on FaceBook that I didn't know either but this is what I got to bring a jacked up to the other day at a fund raiser Jack Gallagher is a national comic who has appeared at clubs colleges and corporate events on the country. In addition we have to talk about that as he appeared in concert as an opening act for Tony Bennett Dolly Parton and the temptations Jack has made several appearances on the Tonight Show. With both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Jack can currently be seen as the co host of the syndicated. PBS series money track on every time left. NIC what I've done. That. It's more about yourself he's Austria I received three Emmy Awards Britain's seven critically acclaimed one man shows and have in your right a recurring role on. The HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. How so what do you like better lives our TV slash movies. I like both. I don't do as much stand up as I used to I spent. Fifteen years on the road averaging between thirty and 35 weeks a year for fifteen years so. I've kind of had it with that and as I get older I find that. My demographic is the group that we worked with that yes he's here foolish. Enjoyed your kidney stone jokes you haven't run got on and on sixty I'd be a result I'm not gonna go to a great thanks but I'm not gonna go to like the punch line in and work for twenty year old who we're looking at me likewise my dad once they complain about that. Ed and I there are so many truths that I am. You know you get up in the morning and you hurt from sleeping and how wrong is that that. And I have to tell you two years ago I canceled my probably fifteen year long People Magazine subscription for the greater reason you play out I don't know anybody anymore look at the cover ago Julio honestly it was my favorite. Once we can come in the mail on soda on it it was it was costing me money because I don't know anybody. Exactly and I don't I light. Doing standup I'd. It would hesitate to say I don't injury as much as I used to but I like doing it. I'd like. Writing. Plays. He's one man things that I do. I don't know my job is great because I do something different all the time so like I don't have to show up and I never really enjoyed being an opening act. Doubtless. Real art. Because nobody cares that you they are they wanna see Tony Bennett alone is the travel I travel for a couple years with the Pointer Sisters god and they just. They were wonderful. But nobody wants to see you came for the Pointer Sisters well I came for the money and some exposure and became people came to oh yeah that's exactly and it's like. And you know what it's like the lights go down there. And they say we'll look at the put a sister showed that the appeal but first assistant here but first and everybody goes. Ripped it through fifteen minutes of that. I'm money track money for life that sounds like a serious grown up I'm planning a show. Oh yeah and I really but I don't know anything about money other than how to spend it. But I hope I'm sure I'll I was the co host I've jokingly saying I was the eye candy on the show yeah okay I hosted it with the woman who was. Stock trader and financial advisor. And I kind of was like the Everyman I would say okay we'll explain what that is to explain this time I learned a lot yeah I guess yeah I was just sort of a guy who's like you. People when they would do research. People would say basically well if he understands that I know why it. That works fine all the checks later I'm Tony Bennett Dolly Parton the temptations who are some of the more unique. Interesting memorable people animal. Throw Conan and Jay and Johnny America. Ta Tony Bennett was was my favorite by far to amazingly nice person. Just a nice man as the opening act you are. Europe charm you meet ya so a lot of them might like Paula Inca I work with Polanco are probably did six or seven dates. Over the course of ten days with Paul Hackett the tents you know on the summer they set up its. In the round and I did that with the I never met him he didn't have time to meet me over the course of ten days. Well on the pointers were very nice to me dollar partner worker issues very Sweden had a really weird experience with Dolly Parton but she was very sweet and I okay huge. It's a long story can we have time we don't. Kind of art all right. I've OK so here's basically what happens as the opening after work in front of that but Kuerten the runner right now so I got like six feet of stage. And they traditionally. We'll page you on stage left lights go out black lacked nothing can't see anything. And a stage and we'll take on a flashlight put it on the floor for a view and you follow the light to my extent. Get the Mike stand by its c'mon bloom I do my twenty minutes. Thank your body goodnight her band is behind the runner her band is behind the current getting ready because as soon as I'm done she comes out. And as soon as I say good night they start to vamp. And they're dampened nine to five. So now traditionally you exit stage right so I looked to my right and there's no light to page me off. And I tell a story in my acts sometimes and I jokingly say on panic in because. I'm gonna have to start singing nine to five minute minute and I don't know the first line up. So Canon and and and so I'm panic things so like I just instinctively look to my left and I see a light and I follow the light and I. Walked into her. I walked into her her you if you could see his hands yet. Oh and she's she's petite and issue while I was bent over trying to follow it's pitch black you can't see your hand behind your face. So yeah very Sheila you're Neitzel who could. Yeah she is very switch I said oh my god and so sorry she's don't you about sweetie it's not a big deal. And then her road manager in my dressing room interest toward me and oh come on how he was like up and down and came forward and find yeah I didn't get me my set I couldn't find the light. Where is that you know that. Finally at the. So you also OK so you right you've done one man shows you do stand a few I'd do aid -- television you do movies. What's is the end that it you're going to be performing it and kind of fading the podcast but you you have a band let's put it that like alive saying with the band are you done nine to five. If I had rehearse with the several years ago I was writing a play about my son William who is a person not to so I was writing a play about him and I have some comedy material that a was gonna use in the play but I hadn't tried it out yet but it wasn't enough for a whole show I'm so one of my good Francis Tommy Dunbar who's in a band called revenues. And he said well why don't you. Might we do some songs you know how to sing and I said. Not really and he said he'll put at Sony when he got in touch with Dick bright from the day writer I rarely I was and Dick bright put this amazing band together with. Tommy Dunbar now champ from the room the news. Dick bright Kevin Hayes a drummer who's. Played with he was Robert crazed drummer collection seniors has Brothers Chris Hayes who was and you and Louis. This is Bonnie a's that's all right Josh so we comes in this magical musical family in the Bay Area. And this great keyboardist Allen Leon. And we rehearsed. And did this show where the first half of the show lied to stand up and in the second half but it wasn't enough for all show. The second half I sang covers with the band find. It just developed into this thing that we do every couple or so this is the seventh one will do and I have. An inordinate amount of like rock general knowledge for some reason the doesn't do me any good. So we place on as I talk about the music I tell stories about the songs like too little comedy and then we you know this year I'm gonna plug that we're doing in June 9. Look at the Sofia the newbie street aria yeah and we do everything from. The wrath schools and Edison lighthouse we remember their head yes wait at. Love grows women Rosemary. So we do everything from their ass goes to that too Grateful Dead Tom Petty the band fun is just the ball we get people up onstage to sing backup and and I'm here so they're ready if you're if you're such bottom up like we do it June 9 you can get tickets it's well productions dot com or at the Sophia box office and it's it's just a fun show. And if you listen to this podcast after the fact you missed the show and not look at look at bad. I'm talk about both of your sons I have event with an autistic son and I so. Enjoy his perspective and you alluded to that would and I active is here you work the other day we have. Friend who his chin his his face. Is sort of a puckered grimace and it's just his opinion. And stimulus at a was looks out manually when you are such a sad this like you for. For saying what. Other people think yeah. William as such when he to Obama he's in school is very bright. He. I'm. You know so much that people don't know about autism and the so much has had his diagnosed when he was seven so I was diagnosed fifteen years ago so many things have happened since then. I always refer to him as a person with autism and not being practiced them because if you're my my personal feeling is if I say he's artistic. Than anything he does. A couple of guys. He can protect card that's okay like but it as a person with autism is just one aspect of his person you know beautiful drives he drives left. He moved his very Smart but he's. He thinks in a way. That you and I don't think and he he's. A couple of things I was talking to Jane my wife about this awhile ago. He's never told me alive. He's left out facts. But he's never told me a lot and he is the least self conscious person I know he doesn't care about. The clothes he wears how his hair is calmed are not calmed her. He's just his that this is his own person he's. He's what everybody wants to be doesn't care of people think about I mean doesn't care of people say about an amount that just lessons taught at all learned right now his older brother Jacqueline. It was a name a wonderful person. Isner a typical. And he has all of the narrow typical problems that we all have in terms of do you like me him dressed just like him Xperia. William on the other hand. And it close very duck Romans in New York localism Brooklyn. When we go back to Massachusetts limb. What we all spend the Summers back in Massachusetts nicely and we'll take the train down to new York and spent three or four days with. They go sightseeing groomed yet they're very very close they get on each other's nerves like Brothers do Beckham's very protective of William. And William loves. His older brother and and sort of looks up to him together very they talk on the phone a lot really tight. So you and not put myself in this category were and that kind of rare rare club and that I'm pushing thirty years of marriage he made that 38 dimension. Of the 38 this summer what is your wife and what your kids. Say about this Korean that you have a select for questions and when you get material from them I think yes you do try stuff on your family or is that just. Do we leave out of the door now I I I. I don't I don't think I do that anymore is to make my wife really laughed hard when we first met. Now we know latest laugher early all I know now Jacqueline makes a laugh announced that are you laugh at like because the last main guy. But. Well the boys have have just always grown up with me doing what I do so it's not anything. And gene was the one who talked me into doing it the first. So like sort of blame her for. But. Jacqueline for awhile had a heart attack at the first player I wrote was called letters to him and he had a hard time for awhile because. When he was that like a teenager people would meet in your. To climb and youth you know down and then. He he was not crazy about what I did for awhile at this appreciated now it's its efforts at trying to and alone only does. Stand up in new York and he's trying to. He's got a little web series that he's producing is again. I think he's really funny he just did a small part in Woody Allen movies that came very small part. So yeah he's trying to do the same thing William is. Isn't animation and they're both kinda creative kids. So people man now you know how how that happens but he. Do you remember you kind of talked about earlier due them for the first time you went on stage in front of people to reverse that. I remember. The first time. Well the first time I went on stage was at the university Massachusetts and I was doing jokes about the numbers. They had a boss at that time UMass had the largest fear free bus system in the world. Nice to drive the bus as the bus driver can. And I used to do jokes about the different stops in but the kids like it do they lived in the storms there with the jocks. Appease and it worked. Were great on campus yet and it would work growth. But then when I started doing and Boston had to start writing more. Not generics from more. For wider audience and when you travel I I've having been a big fan of comedy stand on time in Canada it. Taylor thinks it if you find out and find out OK what I. Crappy count him out real London and on the real and that that's place we went to. Ireland and whatever two questions working with Larry David lets them like Graham on the show very good luck that I loved that experience haven't done in awhile but it was a great experience. Because it's like a pro and it's island for. Schedule a little sheet of paper with a one sentence description of mussina and you just go from its sometimes uncomfortable to watch because yeah there. Yeah and the that was great and that was a lot of fun really injure them and the guy who plays his manager Jeff. Garland has won them. Closest parties and so my question pisses podcast called nor account names. Why why Sacramento. I got a job channel three I was I was a long time ago we. And I didn't like LA removed from Boston LA I had some success it's an issue if you can tell holding him because Carson yet. But I want us through a network. And Lannan and do the show anymore. On what item like LA it just with everybody in this it's like DC with good looking people who everybody's in the same business. And I got a job to channel three hosting this show and we moved up here and we liked it and after the show was canceled like it's to do the road flattery and then the poisoned arrows in. And and we go you know we go back and forth to Massachusetts try to spend half the year. Here and clear on cape. Well lately in our industry people come up means that the voice is it people say I should be in radio 'cause of my voice and I'm sure you have people that people say I'm really funny. Pause what he's I don't know well a lot of times I'll do I'll speak around you know like the rotary and elks member Mike called me and ask me. And now they just wanna know what I'm doing such am writing this. And then in in inevitably something someone will come after sitting on one can stand properly start. And there are like forty years old I think I feel like thing and do it. That ship has sailed you've got to start ideas anyway. I say if you wanna do something good on open like Wednesday and people always say hideaway do. Get onstage I'm unlike any other business I think including music. You have to get on stage to do stand up. To see if it works because here in your room thing is the funniest thing I've ever read and then you put it out he's speaking hander went. Languages that he's in so I just I I try not to be discouraging but I I'm on instance say. At a guy like three years ago say on this he was like 45 but found its agent in the work and go on on the road that could could create it for you. It happened. I'm 65 nobody in Hollywood wants to talk to me anymore they have no desire to. I I know run at a time the military very quickly when I knew I was getting too old I had auditioned for sure for Comedy Central and an auditioning. And north like radio in in television it's like a fourth state prices shoot. Register for one person and five people and people on the last deputy go to the network vehicle going to the network in and everybody shows thirty people show you auditioned for them. I did all the additions are great they loved me. Make my money on this is fantastic. Couple reflect on my agency what happened in the national. They're moving forward without you. And I said why and the quote was news and I've remember this because that was the defining moment. The people at Comedy Central said and get someone who does exactly what Jack does whose tenure god. And at that point that a case. Says his rhythm back on them anymore. So if with the things I have gone down for a light curve and stuff like that they call me. Which is but I don't. Feel any compulsion that 68. He and you know a fingers. I wanna just gotten beat its collateralized. Can we not make it another 1015 years before we get together and cannot yet and we have to just on our own talk about the old San Francisco thing yeah all right that was at one time it's stuff. Thank you for being thank you very much appreciate. Yeah.