PUBLISHED: 11:27 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Gallagher to give smashing performance Friday night

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Protective plastic advisory - comic Gallagher will shower the audience with humor, pureed fruit salad and other food groups at 8 p.m. Friday, May 19.

Making is first appearance in Juneau, the lifelong comedian brings audience interaction to the stage.

"To me the audience is the king and I'm there to serve them," Gallagher said. "I get the biggest belly laughs and that's healthy for people."

Gallagher's trademark Sledge-O-Matic has helped vault the comedian to a place of adoration among all his fans who risk going home with melon pulp or lumps of cottage cheese in their hair just to see his act.

Gallagher gives his all before and during every Sledge-O-Matic show, posing for pictures and signing autographs. Flash photography is allowed and encouraged, he even sells cameras and ponchos if you forget yours.

After graduating from the University of South Florida with an 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, pound cakes, Big Macs and of course, no show can end without the Watermelon finale.

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.

Gallagher 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," he said. "I don't have to make it up, the truth is funny enough."