After graduating from the University of South Florida with a chemical engineering degree, Gallagher got
his first taste of life on tour in 1976 as Jim Stafford's road manager. Stafford and Gallagher went out to
California in 1979 and Gallagher decided to take the stage himself. He began honing his own comedy
act while hanging out at both the Comedy Store and the Ice House. As his audience grew, Gallagher
became most noted for wielding his trademark Sledge-O-Matic. He showered his audience with the
pulverized remains of apples, oranges, lettuce, cottage cheese, and pound cakes. Show goers turn up
already “Gallagherized:” wearing plastic raincoats, goggles, sunglasses, and refer to the front of the theatre
as “Death Row.”
Gallagher has the distinction of being the first real star to come out of cable television. To date he has done
sixteen specials: Uncensored Evening, Mad as Hell, Too Real, Totally New, That's Stupid, Stuck in the
60's, The Maddest, Melon Crazy, The Bookkeeper, Over Your Head, The Messiest of Overboard, The Leap
Year Marathon, We Need a Hero, Smashing Cheeseheads, and the most recent Sledge-O-Matic.com. The
Sledge-O-Matic DVD collection is available on EBay and Amazon.com, and you can purchase VHS tapes,
2-Bak caps, ponchos, and additional fan gear on Gallagher’s website at www.gallaghersmash.com.
Being one of the most thoroughly calculating performers in the world of entertainment, he writes all of his
own material, runs his own operation, and does over 100 concerts a year, selling out the majority of them.
All of Gallagher's affairs are handled exclusively by his company Sold Out Shows. Gallagher is a self-
contained touring business with an agent, promoter and road manager all in-house. For the last twenty five
years, Ruth Ann Propper has booked and promoted all of Gallagher's dates across the country. Gallagher
calls Propper his "Personal Promoter," which he says every performer needs. Due to the fact that Gallagher
wanted to be in control of his own business, he took off one hat as a comedian and put on another as a
promoter and internet specialist.
One of the reasons Gallagher has always been a successful touring attraction is that his ticket prices are
very advantageous to the market. He has always been several dollars under everyone else. Gallagher's not
greedy; he doesn't ask a huge ticket price. His fans always get more than their money's worth when they
see a Gallagher show, with 110% from Gallagher. Before every show, he has an autograph signing party in
the theatre, where fans can get his autograph and a picture with him. Flash photography is allowed at every
A Gallagher concert is an unforgettable experience. He is a keen and original observer of human nature
and the American scene. "My humor makes people think," Gallagher says. "I want people to look more
closely at this country and their lives to see the humor and absurdity in it all …I don't have to make it up, the
truth is funny enough."
In 2000, Gallagher was honored by the University of South Florida as one of the most famous alumni and by
Florida Living Magazine as one of the top "100 Legends" of Florida.
In 2007 Gallagher appeared on Curtain Call with David Spatz. (A series done on classic comedy styles)
In 2007 Gallagher gave an interview on XM Radio for the show called “Unmasked,” XM Radio’s new bold
Gallagher was featured on the Raw Dawg Comedy Station on Sirius Satellite Radio. The interview took
place in the “Fish Bowl Studio” in New York where fans were able to see the live interview and view the
Sledge-O-Matic in a new way.
Gallagher recently was featured on The History Channel’s biography called “The History of Joke Telling,”
which aired in February 2008.
In March 2008 Gallagher appeared on the Howard Stern Show. The interview lasted at least 1 hour and the
call backs were amazing. It was a chance for everyone to see and hear Gallagher in a new light.