Sunday 23 July 2017

'Not all comedians are depressed', insists PJ Gallagher

Comedian PJ Gallagher
Comedian PJ Gallagher

Sean O'Grady

PJ Gallagher has rubbished the stereotype that all comedians suffer from depression.

The Dubliner (42) reckons people who tell jokes for a living are no different to anyone else and are not more likely to suffer mental health issues.

"I don't know if it's true. I think comedians are just like anything else. Some are nice, some are cranky. I don't really buy into it," he said.

PJ (below) believes comics can sometimes come across as detached, as they are always looking at how they can turn any situation into something they can use in their shows.

"I think comedians are always looking for material, so when everyone else is having the craic, they're looking at the situation going, 'now how can I get five minutes out of this?'. It looks like they're not taking part.

"They're just like anyone else I've met. They just go to work at irregular times and stay there for an hour."

The TV star previously had to cope for several years with stage fright that left him "all quiet and shaking".

The RTE star even stopped performing stand-up for a period of two years because of his fear. He later beat his phobia after filming an RTE2 documentary for Reality Bites on the subject, which saw him undergo hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming.

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