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Leo Gallagher, a comedian, passed away at the age of 76

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American comedian Leo Gallagher reportedly died on November 11, 2022, at the age of 76. In the 1970s and 1980s, the comic gained national exposure by appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and several Showtime specials. Gallagher gained fame for his signature routine, “Sledge-O-Matic”, in which he smashed food on stage with a large hammer before finishing with the headline act – a watermelon. It quickly became the comedian’s most famous comedy and a popular subject for impersonation.

Craig Marquardo, his former manager, broke the news of his death, saying the strip “succumbed to its flaws” in his California home. The statement went on to say:

“He was number one in America for 15 years, thanks in part to the success of his stand-up specials that first appeared on MTV, introducing him to a whole new audience.”

Following the news of Gallagher’s passing, many admirers flocked to Twitter to pay their respects.

Gallagher’s youth and rapid rise to fame

Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Gallagher graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in chemical engineering before coming to Los Angeles and honing his comedy act at famed club The Comedy Store. He made his television debut in 1975 on ABC’s The Jim Stafford Show. He appeared on The Mike Douglas Show in 1978. The following year, he appeared on The Merv Griffin Show. In addition, the comic has been featured on several talk shows during its career, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Match Game, David Letterman’s NBC and CBS shows, and Howard Stern’s TV and radio shows. He has appeared on MTV and Comedy Central.

During his nearly 50-year career, the prolific entertainer has amassed a whopping 17 comedy specials. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins will play him in the upcoming movie Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Gallagher also starred in a Geico commercial in the movie The Book Of Daniel in his senior year. Gallagher was one of more than 100 candidates in the 2003 recall election for California governor, which Arnold Schwarzenegger won. Gallagher finished 16th out of 135 candidates, with 5,466 votes.

Netizens expressed their shock over the comedian’s death on Twitter.

Gallagher died of organ failure while accompanied by his family in Palm Springs, California, according to a statement from Marquardo to The Rolling Stones. He was supposedly sick and had many heart attacks. As news of his passing spread on the internet, countless Twitter users began paying respect to the iconic comic.

Gallagher’s controversial background is told in the wake of the comedian’s death.

The nighttime comedian was no stranger to controversy. His younger brother Ron, who became a comedian after getting Leo’s first endorsement, began his career as Leo’s impersonator. In 2000, the latter successfully sued Ron for trademark infringement and fraudulent advertising. As a result, Ron was not allowed to use his brother’s procedures. In recent years, Leo Gallagher has been more controversial for misrepresenting Mexicans and making racist and homophobic remarks. He even stormed out of an interview with Marc Maron in 2011 after being asked his opinion.

Leo Gallagher

Gallagher was last included in Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Standups of All Time in 2004. He informed Oregonian’s Ed Condran of his dissatisfaction with his low rank:

“I’ve made 13 one-hour Showtime specials, which are available on VHS.” “I developed the one-man show on cable.”

Gallagher spent most of his career touring the United States until the Covid-19 outbreak hit. He then took advantage of the hiatus to spend time with his son, Barnaby, and daughter Aimee, the latter of whom had starred with him on his specials as a youngster.


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