Skip to comments.Comedian Gallagher to retire from live performances
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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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!
I always found him distinctly unfunny.
I heard he stole his whole act from his brother, who is pissed as hell to this day.
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.
If you don’t know then maybe you shouldn’t be here and you shouldn’t care. Did anyone say you should care?
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?
“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.
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?
Might as well. Not very funny.
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.
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.
That's not all he did. He is very intelligent and is very funny. A pity you try watching one of those tapes.
"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."
I was 6, and wanted to get to the Disney movies more. :)
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 :)