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Comedian Gallagher to retire from live performances
KOMO News ^ | 3/23/12 | AP

Posted on 03/23/2012 9:02:04 PM PDT by hoagy62

MARION, Ohio (AP) - The comedian Gallagher says he's had his fill of performing live onstage and is retiring after 32 years.

The Los Angeles-based comedian, whose full name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, told an Ohio radio station on Thursday that his retirement plans include posting his writings online and possibly appearing at private parties.

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TOPICS: Humor; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: gallagher; retire; sledgeomatic; watermelon
I saw him for the 1st time on the "Mike Douglas Show" back in 1980.

I've seen him live in concert three times, and I have the distinction of having sat on "Death Row" back in 1996. I remember I got zinged in the head with a piece of flying watermelon.

I had purchased a leather hat that day and he signed the inside of it. I still have it.

Thanks for the laughter for 32 years!

1 posted on 03/23/2012 9:02:11 PM PDT by hoagy62
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To: hoagy62

I always found him distinctly unfunny.


2 posted on 03/23/2012 9:04:55 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: hoagy62

I heard he stole his whole act from his brother, who is pissed as hell to this day.


3 posted on 03/23/2012 9:06:36 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I remember as a kid in the 80s seeing his numerous VHS tapes at the video rental store, and couldn’t for the life of me get why smashing watermelons with a hammer was funny.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 9:11:23 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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Who is Mr. Leo Anthony Gallagher (aka “Gallagher”) and why should I care?
5 posted on 03/23/2012 9:15:40 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

If you don’t know then maybe you shouldn’t be here and you shouldn’t care. Did anyone say you should care?


6 posted on 03/23/2012 9:19:42 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: hoagy62

So he’s hanging up his watermelon....good for him, happy non-gig’ing and living out of suitcases

Hey, how do you hang up a watermelon?


7 posted on 03/23/2012 9:32:49 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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“Hey, how do you hang up a watermelon?”

Well, if you are Gallagher, you probably put it in a climate controlled room in your mansion.


8 posted on 03/23/2012 9:50:24 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: hoagy62

Gallagher was unique, like Carrot Top. He was funny, educated, and wacky, as a comedian should be.

I know he has been seriously ill, so he deserves time off.

However, I wonder if he will have just put “Smashing Pumpkins” out of business?


9 posted on 03/23/2012 9:52:20 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: hoagy62

Might as well. Not very funny.


10 posted on 03/23/2012 10:02:33 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: hoagy62
The sale of disposable ponchos and plastic ground cloths will tank. Blame conservative talk-radio.


11 posted on 03/23/2012 10:06:30 PM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: gaijin

No, it’s the other way around. Gallagher Too, the brother, who looks exactly like Gallagher, was given permission to do the act by the original, when he was getting too many gigs to handle. He made the agreement on the condition that Gallagher Too would play the little towns and smaller venues, and not step on Gallagher’s toes, but then the brother broke the agreement and they have been fueding ever since.

That true story was the inspiration for Dave Chappelle’s “Black Gallagher” sketch, about a black guy who supposedly bought the rights to the act from Gallagher’s brother.


12 posted on 03/24/2012 12:01:57 AM PDT by Boogieman
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I liked Gallagher`s standup routine until he`d start in with the “Sledge-o-Matic” bit, then it`d get tiresome. as for your mention of Dave Chappelle, Dave could perform rings around most other comedians, IMO.


13 posted on 03/24/2012 1:58:32 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: VanDeKoik
I remember as a kid in the 80s seeing his numerous VHS tapes at the video rental store, and couldn’t for the life of me get why smashing watermelons with a hammer was funny.

That's not all he did. He is very intelligent and is very funny. A pity you try watching one of those tapes.

14 posted on 03/24/2012 3:12:41 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: gaijin
If Wikipedia is to be believed, it sounds like the other way around:

"In the early 1990s Gallagher's younger brother, Ron Gallagher, asked him for permission to perform shows using Gallagher's trademark Sledge-O-Matic routine. Gallagher granted his permission on the condition that Ron and his manager made it clear in promotional materials that it was Ron Gallagher, not Leo Gallagher, who was performing. After several years, Ron began promoting his act as Gallagher Too or Gallagher Two. In some instances, Ron's act was promoted in a way that provided no clue to prospective attendees that they were not seeing the original Gallagher.

Gallagher initially attempted to stop his brother from performing these activities by requesting that he not use the Sledge-O-Matic routine. These efforts proved futile, as Ron kept touring as Gallagher Too and using the Sledge-O-Matic routine. In August 2000, Gallagher sued his brother for trademark violations and false advertising. The courts ultimately sided with Leo Gallagher, and an injunction was granted prohibiting Ron from performing any act that impersonates his brother in small clubs and venues. This injunction also prohibited Ron from intentionally bearing likeness to his brother."

15 posted on 03/24/2012 3:30:56 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: raybbr

I was 6, and wanted to get to the Disney movies more. :)


16 posted on 03/24/2012 7:14:10 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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To: ScottinVA

Yeah, he was funny but the sledge bit got old. Though I guess people seeing him live would demand it.

Chappelle was great until he went nuts. Maybe he’ll do something funny again in a decade or so, if he runs out of money :)


17 posted on 03/24/2012 7:51:39 AM PDT by Boogieman
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