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Gallagher brings show, Sledge-O-Matic and all, -to Maryland Theatre

May 14, 1997

Gallagher brings show, Sledge-O-Matic and all, to Maryland Theatre

After graduating from University of South Florida, the comedian Gallagher got his first taste of life on tour in 1976 as Jim Stafford's road manager. Stafford and Gallagher came out to California in 1979, and Gallagher decided to take the stage himself. He began honing his own comedy act while hanging out at both the Comedy Store and the Ice House. As his audience grew, Gallagher became most noted for wielding his trademark Sledge-O-Matic. He showered his audience with the pulverized remains of apples, oranges, lettuce, cottage cheese, poundcakes, Big Macs, and of course, no show can end without the watermelon finale. Audience members show up already Gallagherized, wearing plastic raincoats, goggles, sunglasses, umbrellas and windshield wipers and refer to the front of the theater as Death Row.

Gallagher has done 13 Showtime specials, several of which have been running on the VH-1 network for the past year.

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Gallagher writes all of his own material, runs his own operation and does more than 100 concerts a year. All of Gallagher's affairs are handled exclusively by his company, Sold Out Shows (formerly Wizard of Odd). Gallagher is a self-contained touring business with a manager, agent, promoter and road manager all in-house.

Gallagher makes sure he is familiar with each location he plays. Every show is custom-written for that city.

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