Gallagher is coming to Winners Circle Sports Bar and Grill March 31 and April 1st, 2017!
GA Tickets are $30.00
VIP is $50.00 for 1st or 2nd row seating and includes: Meet & Greet, Photo with Gallagher, & a tower of beer!
*VIP tickets will be sold in a minimum quantity of four.
** Tickets on sale at the venue OR through www.VirtualGuestList.net **
After college, Gallagher began working as comic/musician Jim Stafford’s road manager. Stafford and Gallagher traveled to California in 1969, during which time Gallagher decided to perform himself. He began honing his own comedy act while frequenting both The Comedy Store and The Ice House. He was repeatedly denied appearance on The Tonight Show in the 1970s and 1980s, as Johnny Carson disliked prop comedy. However, he was liked by some of the program’s staff, and Gallagher eventually performed several times on the show when guest hosts were filling in for Carson. Gallagher first appeared on The Tonight Show Dec. 5, 1975, when he demonstrated his prop, “The Tonight Show Home Game”, and Carson noted it was his first appearance. Gallagher again appeared on The Tonight Show on May 9, 1979, a show hosted by Carson.
Gallagher was one of the most popular and recognizable American comedians during the 1980s. He did fourteen comedy specials for Showtime which have been re-broadcast numerous times, notably on Comedy Central.
Gallagher’s signature sketch is a pitch for the “Sledge-O-Matic,” a large wooden mallet that he uses to smash a variety of food items and other objects, culminating with a watermelon. It also features a variety of props, including a large trampoline designed to look like a couch.
While the Sledge-O-Matic act is an example of physical prop comedy, the act itself (and even its name) is a parody of ads for the Ronco Veg-O-Matic, a kitchen appliance that was heavily advertised on American television from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. Gallagher also uses wordplay in his act, pointing out the eccentricities of the English language.
In the 2010s, Gallagher’s act devolved to include jokes widely considered to be racist, homophobic, and xenophobic. In January 2011, Gallagher walked out of comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast when Maron continued to ask Gallagher about the jokes after Gallagher had responded that it was only five jokes that he had heard in the street out of a two-to-three hour show. In a subsequent interview which touched on the incident, Gallagher accused Maron of “taking the other side of everything”.
In July 2012, Gallagher was featured in a television commercial for GEICO Insurance, repeating his Sledge-O-Matic bit.