Wednesday 21 March 2018

PJ Gallagher 20 questions 'Always happiest on two wheels'

PJ Gallagher is a stand-up comedian and breakfast presenter on Classic Hits 4fm - he's also a committed petrolhead, so we asked him a few questions

PJ Gallagher
PJ Gallagher

If you were a car what car would you be?

Probably a Transit van. I burn more fuel than a car, I'm great at going the distance and I might be wide but I can lift things.

What's your favourite road?

The road home after a gig. That's always the best road, doesn't matter where it is.

What would you do with your last litre of fuel?

Ah, sure you'd go nowhere with a litre of fuel. I'd use it for a bonfire for Halloween I suppose, or maybe I could keep it for a special occasion.

Do you have a favourite car gadget?

GPS. After nearly 20 years of getting lost all over Ireland trying to find venues and towns I never knew existed, GPS to me is the greatest invention known to humankind. Honestly, it's more essential than water.

What is the fastest you have ever driven (legally)? I did about 175kph on Bishopscourt Racetrack on a bike. At least that's what the speedo on the clock said, but I'm not sure how accurate they are. I really, really miss racing. What cars would be parked in your EuroMillions garage? I'm more of a bike guy, so I'll have a Kawasaki HP2, the new KTM Adventure and an E-Class Mercedes Avantgarde, please. Who taught you to drive? My dad on his lap on Dollymount Strand first, then his buddy, Dominick, and then a professional who told me the previous two were wrong. I'm still using the tips my Da gave me though. What's your guilty pleasure? Netflix binges. Nothing better than finding a new TV series and wasting a whole free day on it. During childhood, what car did your family have? A golden Ford Granada. I thought it was the best thing I'd ever seen, including the brown interior. I still want one.

What was your first job? Selling programmes outside Croke Park. Nobody ever believed they were the official ones, but they were. The idea of taking the job was we'd get to see the matches for free - but we never did.

If you could switch careers what would you do?

I'd race motorcycles as a pro - but that's never going to happen. Thankfully, I love stand-up and working in Classic Hits 4fm - so I'm going nowhere.

Whom do you most admire in your industry?

Jason Byrne. Nobody works harder, and he got me into this whole game. Without him I would never have done anything at all.

What was your best career decision to date?

Not going abroad looking for work. A lot of people went to the clubs in London and stuff to make a mark, but that never appealed to me and I'd hate to not be here. Every opportunity I had would have been missed by miles if I hadn't have just stuck it out here.

Do you have a personal philosophy?

No matter what the problem is, find a way to blame yourself. You can never move forward if you blame other people for anything.

What is on your car stereo right now?

Classic Hits 4fm all day long. Name one item you couldn't live without? My motorcycle. I know this is supposed to be about cars, but I'm a biker first and foremost. I honestly wouldn't know what I'd do with myself if I wasn't able to ride a motorbike. The happiest I'll ever be is when I'm on two wheels.

What three people would you want to be stranded with on a desert island?

My doctor, a good chef and my wife.

How do you relax?

Ride bikes, watch Netflix, drink whiskey, eat Chinese food and walk the dog. Not at the same time though.

Who is your hero?

Evel Knievel. The bravest man that ever lived. There's a new documentary being made about him that I can't wait to see. Where are all the daredevils gone? We need more risk-takers. There's way too much health and safety nonsense now.

Describe yourself in one word?


PJ Gallagher wraps up his nationwide tour in Vicar Street, Dublin, on April 17

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