Reactions to Death of Comedian Gallagher

Comedian Gallagher has died at the age of 76. He was most well known for bringing onto the stage his Sledge-O-Matic and smashing watermelons. He was born Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr., on July 24, 1946, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In the 1990s, he became famous when his brother Ron started performing as Gallagher Too or Gallagher Two, with generally the same act. In fact, sometimes it was completely unclear who was who.

He kept performing and even performed as Gallagher in a Geico Commerical in 2012. He finally stopped touring around the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I remember, as a kid growing up in New York, going out to Westbury Long Island to see him smash watermelons in concert. When the time came to smash the vegetables, it was as if nothing else mattered and the audience went completely nuts.


1. Andy Baio brought up a video game which I vaguely recall.


2. But live and learn, turns out others played this video game with Gallagher.

3. Raul Roa linked to an article in the LA Times.

4. In a bit of Dark Humor, Chris Deluca tweets…

5. Craig also took that route…

6. Jenny had a sweet memory…of sweat and watermelon.

7. Greg Gifford had a sweet GIF.

8. I don’t know who Jackie is, but opening for Gallagher II is quite interesting.

9. I absolutely love this story from Wilson.

(Featured image from a screengrab of the youtube of the Geico Commerical)