Jack Gallagher to perform here April 15

Comedian appears at PAL’s annual Comedy Night
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Know and Go: What: Lincoln Police Activities League’s annual Comedy Night featuring Jack Gallagher When: 7 p.m. April 15. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. Where: Heritage Theater, 561 G St. Admission: $25 per person Information: Stan Nader at 300-4335 Call Nader or PAL executive director Steve Krueger at 343-3632 for tickets. The Lincoln Police Activities League (PAL) will provide an opportunity to laugh and escape the seriousness of Tax Day. PAL is hosting its annual Comedy Night on April 15 and this year’s talent is Jack Gallagher. “It’s a really tough day of the year. What better day to laugh than on tax day,” said Lincoln Police Chief and PAL board member Paul Shelgren. “It’s either you laugh about them or cry about them and it’s much more fun to laugh.” PAL, a nonprofit organization, provides activities for Lincoln’s youth, including an annual camping trip, Junior Giants baseball program, as well as funding for the Lincoln Youth Center. “It’s to keep them occupied, keep them in a safe environment and to get them to understand that cops are people, too. You don’t have to be afraid of us,” Shelgren said. “The whole mission behind PAL is it’s there to build a mutual respect and understanding between cops and kids, and if they step out of line, we’ll be here to help them get back in line.” PAL executive director Steve Krueger said 350 youth, ages eight to 18, signed up for PAL. “At any given time, there are probably 150 kids actively participating,” Krueger said. “This is based on activities which are happening concurrently and it varies depending on the time of year.” Shelgren said getting Gallagher to perform involved “picking up the phone” and calling the comedian, at the suggestion of Mayor Paul Joiner. Gallagher on TV and live is “hilarious,” Shelgren said. “You can call it family-type comedy, entertainment that you can bring the whole family to, and that’s the kind of stuff I like,” Shelgren said. PAL’s board president, Stan Nader, said Kim’s Country Kitchen (537 G St.) will sponsor a dinner special that night and reservations can be made at 645-2727. Gallagher described his comedy as “everyday, observational stuff” during a phone interview Monday. “It’s based around my family and my experiences as a dad, as a husband and a member of the community,” Gallagher said. “It’s humor in the style of storytelling. It’s stand up, not one-liners.” Gallagher grew up in Boston and has lived in Sacramento since the late ’80s, with his wife and their two children. He is a three-time Emmy winner for his work as host of the PBS shows, “Money Movers,” “Off Limits” and “Kids, Cash and Common Sense,” and is formerly of the HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The News Messenger asked Gallagher why he is performing for the Comedy Night, to which his response was, “they asked me to.” “I have kids, and I know the way that dollars are stretched. I think these are the things we need to be raising money on, stuff for kids,” Gallagher said. “There’s not enough in my estimation, not enough other than the basics that are happening in school so any way that I can help to add a little extra money for those causes.” Gallagher agrees that more laughter is needed these days. “The way things are going with the economy and the world, it’s nice to be able to go somewhere for a couple of hours and not think about things in life that are troubling you,” Gallagher said.