People love Gallagher because ...

May 06, 1998


Ever wonder why they put mailboxes outside the post office when you're already there?

So does Gallagher, who is appearing at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m.

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The popular comedian doesn't give interviews, so we asked area fans to tell us their favorite Gallagher bits.

Their favorite bits sometimes are watermelon, cottage cheese or hamburger, which he slams into the audience via his famous Sledge-O-Matic.

In exchange for this information, The Herald-Mail is giving two free tickets to Gallagher's Friday performance. We drew a name at random from the responses submitted, and the winner was Mary Schaeffer, 36, of Hagerstown.

Her favorite Gallagher bit is: "How can you tell when yogurt is bad?"

We couldn't use every routine submitted, because of the nature of the material.

Here are some of the responses.


- Teri Johnson, Staff Writer

The greatest aspect of a Gallagher routine is his use of props, says Lisa Younkins of Hagerstown.

"Not only does he use the Sledge-O-Matic to smash watermelons, pies and everything else in the four food groups, he will also will wear different clothes and use 'gender' props such as purses or high heels, when he talks about the differences between the sexes," she says.

Gallagher's skit on the English language also is a great aspect of his routines, says Younkins, 20.

"He will say 'T-O-M-B, toomb. C-O-M-B, coomb? Nooo, cohmb. C-O-M-B, cohmb. B-O-M-B, bohmb? Nooo, bahmb.' "

George Baker, 54, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., likes Gallagher's story about why men go bald.

God was creating animals, and at the end there was a gorilla and a man. God asked each what they wanted.

The gorilla said he wanted hair, so the man ended up bald.

Debra Lark, 45, of Martinsburg, W.Va., likes it when Gallagher smashes watermelons.

She doesn't have a favorite Gallagher joke.

"I like all of them," she says.

Hagerstown resident Tom Lowman, 70, has two favorite Gallagher routines:

"If the world is getting smaller, why is postage going up?"

"Did you ever have a permanent? Where is it now?"

Lowman says he watches Gallagher every time he's on TV.

"He's my man," Lowman says.

Bob Dean, 45, of Martinsburg, W.Va., likes Gallagher's joke about how television has lost its intelligence.

Gallagher says it would be nice if there were a knob to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob for brightness, but it doesn't work.

Carl Eshelman, 49, of St. Thomas, Pa., say he likes Gallagher's zaniness.

"There's a lot of truth to his story," Eshelman says.

"If pro and con are opposite, and progress means to go forward, what does Congress mean?"

That's the favorite routine of Larry Schroyer, a 47-year-old resident of Hedgesville, W.Va., who has been a Gallagher fan for about 20 years.

"He's a cut above the rest," Schroyer says.

Tina M. LaPole, 41, of Hagerstown says her favorite Gallagher bit is the giant couch where he searches for and finds things in the cushions.

Lois Small, 48, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., says she enjoys Gallagher's '60s bits.

"I like everything he does," she says.

Gallagher in concert

When: Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m.

Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

Tickets: $26.50, $24.50 for seniors and $21.50 for groups of 15 or more; $1 handling charge is added for each ticket

For information: Call The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000

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