In honor of his recent appearance on the popular Industry Standard podcast, today we are counting down the Top Five Greatest Gallagher Moments from one of our favorite prop comics Of All Time!
#5) Gallagher schools an amateur comedian for no apparent reason and creates a viral video....
#4) Gallagher Walks Out on Marc Maron Interview...
#3) Gallagher Sells His Act To His Brother As a "Franchise" Act to compete with Carrot Top...
From Wikipedia: "At some point during the early 1990s, Gallagher’s younger brother Ron Gallagher asked Gallagher for permission to perform shows using Gallagher’s old routines, and also using Gallagher’s trademark Sledge-O-Matic routine. The idea was that Ron Gallagher, who was unemployed, would tour the country working small venues that couldn’t afford a show put on by Gallagher himself. Since Ron bears a strong familial resemblance to his older brother, the show would be almost like having a real Gallagher show.
Gallagher granted his blessing to his younger brother on the condition that Ron and his manager would make it clear in their promotional materials that it was Ron Gallagher, not Gallagher himself, that was putting on the show.
After a few years of complying with Gallagher’s conditions, Ron began blurring the line between his act and that of his brother. He would often promote his act as “Gallagher Too,” a moniker Gallagher felt was insufficiently informative. In some instances, Ron’s act was promoted in a way that provided no clue to prospective attendees that they were seeing someone other than Gallagher himself.
Gallagher initially attempted to get his brother to stop these activities by requesting that he stop using Gallagher’s well-known Sledge-O-Matic routine. These efforts proved futile, and Ron kept touring as “Gallagher Too” while using the Sledge-O-Matic routine his older brother had made famous. Consequently, in August 2000, Gallagher sued his brother for trademark violations and false advertising. The courts ultimately sided with Leo Gallagher, and an injunction was granted prohibiting Ron from performing any act that impersonates his brother in small clubs and venues."
During the lawsuit, all of Gallagher’s immediate family sided with Ron over the controversy. As a consequence, Gallagher is now estranged from his parents and siblings. "
#2) There wouldn't be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie without Gallagher and his manager Gary Propper getting the movie rights... Here's the full story....
Here's a link to an article from 1988 with Gallagher talking about the movie, and just because it's great reading here's a link to the complete history of the Ninja Turtles!
#1) Gallagher debuts the "Sledge-O-Matic" on the Merv Griffin Show!
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