Prop comedy pioneer Gallagher, who recently celebrated his 73rd birthday, is coming to Harrison, Ohio this fall. One of the most successful comedians of the 1980s, Gallagher's trademark shtick was his "Sledge-O-Matic" bit, during which he would smash watermelons with a sledgehammer, showering the first several rows of fans at his shows with melon debris.
Those first rows have long been coveted seats at Gallagher shows and those attending his show at the Blue Note Harrison on Nov. 23 can get as close as they want (while tickets last). Row 1 VIP table seats are $40; to get into Row 2 it's $35. If you act now (or by Sept. 15 at the latest), you can get early bird tickets for $25 for seats in rows 3-7 (not prime splash-zone seating, but you'll still get hit with some juice and maybe a stray chunk or two). After Sept. 17, those tickets go up to $30.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and there is a dinner buffet (free with your ticket) from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. There is a Poison tribute band playing on the Blue Note's other stage that attendees are invited to check out after the comedy performance. Tickets and details are available at cincyticket.com.
In the ’80s, Gallagher had a steady stream of popular televised stand-up specials on Showtime and he was a major box office draw on the road. Along with regular club dates, these days the comedian is also hosting writer workshops and you can even get Gallagher to officiate your wedding. Not resting on his artistic laurels, he's also continued to expand the types of food he smashes on stage.