TUPELO – A comedian’s main objective is to make people laugh, and Gallagher is no different.
But he’ll have a second goal, as well, when he steps on stage at Link Centre on Saturday night. He wants to bring people together.
“It is fun to be in a group and laugh as a group instead of by yourself on your computer or even at the TV with just family members,” he said during a phone interview from Indianapolis. “They need to come out and be a part of the community.”
As far as he can remember, this will be Gallagher’s first show in Tupelo over the course of his 30-year career. Many fans probably were first introduced to his act by watching one of his many cable TV specials.
In some of those shows, he appeared with a giant couch that converted into a trampoline, or an anchor wearing a diaper to illustrate the joys of being a new parent.
“In the old days, I used to have a truck to carry the props. That truck couldn’t make these long hauls. Right now, I operate just with a hammer,” he said. “I can do this quite easily: Just take a plane, rent a car, go to the grocery store, and go to the theater, so it’s not hard to jump 1,000 miles.”
Gallagher fans know that those trips to the grocery are for watermelons and other produce to destroy during his signature “Sledge-O-Matic” routine.
People in the front rows of the theater will be well-advised to protect themselves with the shield of their choosing.
“I’ll also bring people on stage. The kids will see the other kids on the stage, adults also. Instead of using props, I use people,” he said.
“Instead of me performing by myself, it’s interactive. I let people come on stage and smash with the hammer, and we smash a birthday cake in the face of the people who have a birthday, and then they qualify to hit a piece of the watermelon.”
But that comes at the end. Throughout the rest of the show, Gallagher will deliver family friendly comedy that’s pulled from today’s culture.
“If the topic I’m talking about could use a joke that I told decades ago, I will use it,” he said, “but it’s only maybe 10 to 20 percent, one or two jokes out of ten.
“I mostly talk about the world we live in now.”
Arrive early for a chance to meet Gallagher. He’ll pose for photos and sign autographs, then he’ll take the stage, where he’ll make people laugh and try to give them something more.
“They should come to something live and wild and spontaneous, something that’s pertinent to their lives,” he said. “Since I don’t have a personal life, since I travel so much, I consider these people my family and I try to make it a valuable, fun experience when I show up.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comedian Gallagher will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Link Centre. Tickets are $20.50 and $25.50. (662) 690-4011.
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