Jack of all trades
Jack Gallagher's The Joke's on Me
You may recognize Jack Gallagher from your television set. He's the co-host of MoneyTrack, the nationally syndicated public-television show about personal finance. And there was his own ABC sitcom Bringing Up Jack, and his many appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. If you religiously track the Emmy Awards, you'll know he's won three.
Or maybe you've just seen him strolling around town near his Land Park home.
Fans of Gallagher's comedic work and critically acclaimed one-man shows—Letters to Declan, Just the Guy, What He Left and A Different Kind of Cool—might be surprised to learn that he's also musically inclined. He's performed in concert with big names such as Tony Bennett, the Four Tops and Dolly Parton.
His talents come together in a rock 'n' roll-comedy show, The Joke's on Me, on Saturday, February 22, at the 24th Street Theatre. The show's in its fourth year, and each time it's a little different, and each time it has sold out.
Gallagher will perform hits by the likes of the Rascals, Warren Zevon and Marshall Crenshaw, and then he'll share their backstories. It's part rock show, part history lesson, part memoir. Dick Bright (maestro, violin), Tommy Dunbar (guitar), Al Chan (bass), Allen Leong (keyboard), Kevin Hayes (drums) and Dean Chance (harp) will join Gallagher as his backing band. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., $25 in advance, 24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th Street; www.swell-productions.com.