Gallagher: The ultimate heckler?

Epic. When I got the email the other day asking if I wanted to see Gallagher on Friday night at the Blender Theatre in NYC, I had to think about it for all of the two seconds it took to hit the reply button. Yes. Yes, I did want to see Gallagher. I needed to see Gallagher. I needed to know why this man, at 61, was still touring the nation and smashing food, if, in fact, he was still smashing food, and who in the world would want to see him still smash food. Twenty-five years ago, I’d seen him on the TV as many millions of Americans had. Years later, I saw the E! True Hollywood Story about Gallagher and learned of his brother who toured as his double and the double trouble that had caused. So what would Gallagher be like today? Before we get to that, let’s have a happy image. This is Carla Rhodes, talented ventriloquist and the only member of our party with the courage enough to join Gallagher onstage to grab the Sledge-O-Matic. Carla Rhodes & GallagherUploaded by thecomicscomic But we had to wait quite a while for this shot. How long? Take your guesses now. When he emerged onstage just after 9 p.m., the crowd roared. But the microphone wouldn’t work. Gallagher gagged: "How long does it take the sound guy...

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