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More Than Jake
After a year sidelined with injury, PJ Gallagher tells Craig Fitzpatrick about returning to stand-up, run-ins with Russians and racing motorbikes.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 28 Mar 2012
When he hasn’t been down at the race track, he’s been filming in Britain, as Channel 4 consider producing a Naked Camera-style show.
“I just finished the pilot for them this week,” he reveals. “They saw Naked Camera and they really liked it. The one thing about the hidden camera shows made in Britain is that they always have a victim. Whereas Naked Camera didn’t. I was always the idiot.”
Gallagher says he learnt a few hard lessons from 2008’s Makin’ Jake, which transplanted his most famous character to America.
“The States was a misfire on our part, I think. We thought we could go there and do exactly what we did here. And then we did it with just one character, Jake Stevens, which was a bad idea. This time, we did an awful lot of research. We spent a long time in England, getting a feel for the place and the people. It’s so weird to go back to that type of stuff again. You feel like Rambo. You’ve been to Vietnam already, then somebody knocks on the door and they need your help. You go, ‘Really? I’m finished’. But no, there’s one more mission to go.”
PJ Gallagher plays Vicar St., Dublin on March 3.