Mumbai. Comedian Gallagher Death: American comedian Gallagher passed away at the age of 76. He is known for his watermelon-smashing comedy. In the 1980s, he gained a lot of popularity from standup comedy. His manager Craig Marquardo told that Gallagher died on Friday morning. He was 76 years old. He was running ill for a long time. He died in the presence of his family. Gallagher’s childhood name was Leo Gallagher.
He gained popularity in the early 1980s with a comedy special called ‘An Uncensored Evening’ and became a household name. Craig Marquardo told that this was the first comedy to be on air on cable TV. Gallagher’s most famous bit involved a handmade sledgehammer he called the ‘Sledge-O-Matic’. He used it to spray on the audience.
According to Craig Marquardo’s statement, Gallagher used to keep the audience attracted through sledgehammer. Gallagher was a resident of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. According to booking agency Selak Entertainment, he earned a chemistry engineering degree from the University of South Florida before moving to Los Angeles. Gallagher mastered his comedy act at The Comedy Store, a historic venue on the Sunset Strip.
Gallagher had prop comedy style
Gallagher’s comedy began to gain attention in 1975 when he performed his signature style of prop comedy on Johnny Carson’s famous ‘The Tonight Show’. He got a lot of popularity through TV. In the year 1978, he performed on ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ and appeared on ‘The Merv Griffin Show’ the next year.
Gallagher did many shows on TV
He had a Showtime comedy special in the 1980s. He worked in more than a dozen shows for TV in 27 years. He was also an early staple of MTV and Comedy Central. Gallagher spent decades touring the United States on the road while his entourage worked on sitcoms, hosted talk shows, and made films.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 13, 2022, 11:34 IST
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