The “Comedy Legend” that is Gallagher
Remember Gallagher? You know, that “comedian” who built a career on smashing fruit, particularly watermelons. He kinda prepared the world for the comedic stylings of Carrot Top. Well he’s still around. Lindy West tracked down his performance in Bremerton, Washington and it was a doozy. Does he still smash fruit? Hell yes he does, but that’s not all. He also tells a lot, and I mean a lot, of racist and homophobic jokes. Who knew?
The whole thing is worth reading, but here’s a small taste:
Above all, everything is gay, gay, gay to Gallagher. He leans into it with the borderline-nonsensical, icked-out, ignorant glee of a boy—or the protest-too-much vigor of a GOP senator. Gallagher delivers your Bible verse for the day: “Without God, we are nothing but dust. What is butt dust? Is that what you get if your homosexual isn’t properly lubricated?” He relates a story about spilling mouthwash onto his crotch during a show: “Lucky for me, there was no homosexuals in the area—’cause my balls was minty fresh.” At other points during the show, Gallagher says, “Men and women can’t live in the same house” and “There’s no way men and women can have a relationship.” He says he can’t remember why he used to feel pleasure in looking at a woman. And, “There’s only one kind of homosexual guy, and that’s the pretty ones—why do homosexual men have to be so good-looking?” Gallagher. Listen. Is there something you want to share with us?