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    Gallagher passes away.

    The comedian Gallagher, best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer, has died. He was 76.

    His longtime former manager confirmed with Fox News Digital that he passed away surrounded by his loved ones in California.

    "The legendary comedian known as Gallagher has died at the age of 76," he shared.

    "After a short health battle, Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher, succumbed to his ailments and passed away surrounded by his family in Palm Springs, California. He had previously suffered numerous heart attacks, something he and David Letterman talked about on an appearance a few years back.

    Gallagher became a household name in 1980 with his comedy special "An Uncensored Evening', which was directed by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees fame. This was the first comedy stand up special ever to air on cable television. He went on to do 12 more for Showtime over the next 27 years. Only George Carlin has done more.

    Gallagher rose to fame from a clever bit he did with a hand-made sledgehammer he dubbed the 'Sledge-O-Matic', at which the end of the bit he would smash food onstage and spray it into the audience."

    He described Gallagher's massive success, saying, "He was the Home comedian in America for 15 years, with some of that due to the popularity of his stand-up specials airing on MTV in its early days, bringing him an entirely new audience.

    While his counterparts went on to do sitcoms, host talk shows and star in movies, Gallagher stayed on the road touring America for decades. He was pretty sure he held a record for the most stand up dates, by attrition alone. He toured steadily until the Covid-19 pandemic, after which he spent his time between visiting his son, Barnaby, and his daughter Aimee, whom had appeared with him on his specials when she was little.

    Gallagher was known for his edgy style, brilliant wordplay, and inventive props. In his later years he did a long-running Geico commercial, appeared in his first movie (The Book Of Daniel), and launched a farewell tour.

    While Gallagher had his detractors, he was an undeniable talent and an American success story."
    RIP Mr. Melon smasher.
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      I liked him back in the day. BTW, Amazon has a few of his specials. I rewatched one today after I heard the news. He was a funny guy. RIP


        RIP. His Sledge-o-Matic bit was the last part of his shows and his detractors wrote him off as something of a prop-comic, but the bulk of his shows were full of very astute and funny social and political commentary.

        My favorite one-liner of his: "I don't experiment with drugs, I'm into full-scale research."

        I got to see him at Memorial Hall in Joplin in the early 90's. He was great. Unfortunately, we were unable to get seats up front in the raincoat/visqueen section.
        Last edited by JZL; Nov 11, 2022, 10:26 PM. Reason: FWIW, Carlin's "Live at USC" special was on HBO three years before "An Uncencored Evening."
        When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.


          R.I.P. and thanks for the laughs


            A legend that will be greatly missed. Sad that I saw nothing of this until I saw it here. I see the news didn't care.


              Geez ... I almost thought it was Noel Gallagher ...

              Sadness anyway...
              Day 7 without brandy and coke and I'm starting to lose hearing in my left eye.