Legendary comedian Gallagher dies aged 76

Gallagher, the comedian best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer, has died. He is 76 years old.

His longtime former manager confirmed to Fox News Digital that he died surrounded by 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, died surrounded by his family in Palm Springs, California. He had previously suffered several heart attacks and he and David Letterman had spoken in a few appearances. years ago.

He became famous in 1980 with his comedy special “On a Censored Evening”, directed by Mike Nesmith of The Monkeys fame. It was the first comedy stand-up special to air on cable television. He did 12 more shows. Over the next 27 years, only George Carlin did more on Showtime.

Gallagher gained fame from a clever act he performed with his handmade sledgehammer, which he dubbed the ‘Sledge-O-Matic’, at the end of which he would smash food onto the stage and spray it into the audience.”

He described Gallagher’s enormous success, saying, “He was the #1 comedian in America for 15 years, thanks to the popularity of his stand-up specials that aired on MTV in the early days, bringing him a whole new audience.

While his peers went on to sitcoms, host talk shows and star in movies, Gallagher stayed on the road touring America for decades. Only through attrition was he certain that he held the record for most stand-up dates. He toured steadily until the Covid-19 pandemic, after which he spent his time between watching his son Barnaby and his daughter Aimee, who appeared with him on his specials when he was a child.

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Gallagher is known for his hard-hitting style, clever diction and inventive props. In his later years, he did a long run of Zico commercials, appeared in his first movie (The Book of Daniel), and embarked on a farewell tour.

Although Gallagher has his detractors, he is an undeniable talent and an American success story.”

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