ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Gallagher’s manager says the comedian is recovering from a minor heart attack after collapsing during a performance in Minnesota.

Craig Marquado said Friday that Gallagher will remain hospitalized at least one more night. He says Gallagher’s two performances scheduled for Friday night in Illinois have been postponed.

Todd Powers, owner of Whiskey Bone’s Roadhouse in Rochester, said the 64-year-old collapsed in the middle of a show there Thursday night.

A witness, Chris Blade, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that Gallagher had complained of pain in his left arm and shortness of breath earlier in the evening. Blade said Gallagher was responsive when emergency crews were taking him out of the club.

Gallagher, whose real name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, is best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer.

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Comments (107)
  1. Kwai Chang Caine says:

    Your one of the VERY few comedians that actually made me laugh!, Hang in there guy!

    1. Kwai Chang Caine says:

      So your a comedian also?

  2. Todd Gustafson McDaniel says:

    Praying for a fast and complete recovery! Gallagher you made me laugh in college way back in the early 80s. Thank you for your many years of dedication in making us laugh…even if we had to wear trash bags to your shows!! 🙂

  3. ONTIME says:

    Good luck to ya Gallagher, your one of the true funny guys left…..ya gotta be tough to get old.

  4. AndyCigars says:

    Gallagher is one of the greats. The undisputed King of the Prop Comedians…hope he’s ok. Sledge-o-Matic forever.

  5. Reality Sandwich says:

    Gallagher, you’re the greatest. Hang in there and get well soon.

  6. WTEffyall says:

    Well if you have a medical crisis, there is no better place to be than Rochester, MN, in terms of medical expertise. Get well soon!

  7. Jalan says:

    Wow…tough Crowd!

  8. Randy says:

    We saw him last year, and he’s scheduled to come back at the end of August. He went for three hours and was very funny. Hope this isn’t serious.

  9. Bogie says:

    Just love Gallagher…has given me many a laugh over the years, he’s a make sense kind of guy, just brilliant….GET WELL

  10. frodo po says:

    the BEST of his kind

  11. Larry Cooper says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as when Gallagher would pull out his Sledge-O-Matic and start pounding groceries on stage. Absolutely hilarious. And I still use his “Cowboy-Lady At A Party” joke that I saw (and stole) over 25 years ago.

    Get well soon, my friend. The world needs you back!!!

    1. Phil Pearce says:

      So what was the joke?

  12. Boddler says:

    RIP, Gallagher

    1. Pen Salesman says:

      And for that, we are all mourning.

    2. Cowboy says:

      Only the sick are mourning

    3. abortedcatfetus says:

      Hey, who are you callin sick?

    4. DeeInHouston says:

      He’s not dead, jerk.

  13. Mom says:

    Wipe the “tea” from your mug, you look at stupid as you sound……..

  14. Jarhead6981 says:

    And your claim to fame is?…..dind’t think so. Loser.

    1. Fruitguy says:

      Perhaps David lacks the intellect needed to fully appreciate fruitsmashing in all its hilarity. It really is highbrow stuff you know.

    2. Jarhead6981 says:

      It takes intellect to allow a smile to come to your face? You can use all the sarcasm you want fruity, but in a simple world, a smile or a laugh has been shown to pick up spirits and spreads the smile like a infection. Intellect is subjective. What comedy do YOU believe is intellectual? I just like to be entertained when a comedian is on stage. If I want intellectual stimulation, I read posts from people like you. So, how’s that for sarcasm?

    3. Phil McCrackin says:

      Jarhead sniffs his hand at the urinal.

    4. Phil says:

      I dont know, I didnt time it. I do know, however, that it took you 45 minutes to come up with a reply of your own- and you still haven’t figured out I’m the same person picking at you over and over.

      u still mad?

  15. Dr Pete says:

    What do you mean.

  16. Stacia says:

    I loved him when he came to town years ago and did the HBO specials, but this past fall he did a show for a big Boy Scout event and I was very disappointed. There are quite a few families there and that includes women. I kept my mouth shut during the show, but the teen-age girls sitting around me (and guys) were offended by his very obvious “anti-women” (their words, not mine) “jokes”. No one seemed to be laughing at him and were glad when he finished. Gallagher seemed tired during the show and only going through the moves.

    1. Tough GUY Ty says:

      I HATE when whiny crybabies get offended by comedians! What do you expect? He’s a comedian, he rips on people and things, get a sense of humor!

    2. Phil Chroniger says:

      The problem is, teenage kids have been indoctrinated to believe that if a white male isn’t making fun of white males only, it’s somehow offensive. If we can’t see the humorous ridiculousness of all people and have a laugh at it, what do we laugh at?

      Plus, the guys were only offended so the girls would still hook up with them later on…you should know that! 😉

    3. bubba136 says:

      Were happy for you crybaby !!! Get a life

  17. Rebecca says:

    Love and prayers to you, Gallagher. Hope to laugh again with you very soon!

  18. chimp says:

    hbo specials, to a bar in rochester, do any of these fools know how to invest in retirement30 years of making money and broke what a stump.

    1. DeeInHouston says:

      Maybe he actually loves what he does. Quite bitter, aren’t you??

  19. dontuseme says:

    Gallagher who? Or, is his first name, “Comedian”? Never heard of him.

  20. Stoshio says:

    I agree with David. He is a hack. Riding one mediocre gimmick for so many years. I guess that’s indicative of his audience’s sophistication. I do wish him well, though.

    1. David says:

      As long as he doesn’t clone some kind of offspring with Carrot Top, I think civilization will survive another day.

    2. TJH says:

      What’s most embarrassing is seeing all of those losers in the audience wearing trash bags and actually paying to do that. Don’t get me wrong- I wish no ill will on Gallagher. I simply find his brand of humor non-existant. If I want to view a burned-out hippie smash fruit- well, I really never want to watch that. Watching paint peel is preferable to that.

      1. Brewster says:

        What do you mean by “brand of comedy”, moron – that he works clean? Unlike most “comedians” around these days who can’t utter 4 words without 3 of they being expletives? All you morons show me is your level of breeding is far below apes.

      2. Dennis says:

        Why do you have to label people as losers just because they like a different sort of entertainment than you? Whatever happened to people just being able to have different tastes without judging people because theirs differs from yours? We are all losers when people get so harsh and critical of simple differences in taste.

    3. Bill Murray says:

      If you morons from Minnesota who sent Al Franken to the Senate don’t have anything nice to say about a man who collapsed on stage from a probalble heart attack, please remain silent. You’re probably reincarnated from those who partiyed at the guillotine by putting paper hats on the heads.
      Try to devolp some decency.
      Biil M.

      1. stiv says:

        Now here’s a real comedian: Mr. Bill Murray!

      2. Geneyus Best says:

        Bill Murray created all comedy in 6 days & on the 7th day he rested..
        And that’s a fact jack!!!

      3. tiredandretired says:

        I agree, except for your assumption that they all voted for Al Franken.

  21. Get Well Card! says:

    It all had to catch up, one day.
    He was moving too fast…

    I hope he’s OK, but always
    have ‘Plan B’ ready, just in case.

    (Plan B) Epitaph for Gallagher:
    “I laughed so hard I fell down!”

  22. Charlie Sheen's Nipple says:

    Gotta protect the fruit

  23. tim says:

    Gallagher last wishes were that he will not be cremated nor burried. He will be smashed into small bits by a giant mallet. Onto the bereaved.

  24. Philip T says:

    wonder what he did for an encore………

  25. latoya dreer says:

    ur racist

    1. Jarhead6981 says:

      I am? It’s nice to see you again. It’s been so long since I’ve seen you. Oh, wait a minute. I don’t know you…AND YOU DON’T KNOW ME. You call me racist and have no idea about me other than what you see on this forum. Just because I say I don’t like obama? The lights of my life are my grand kids. Who just happen to be mixed race, black/white/latino. So, evidently I am racist, huh? Try again latoya. Being black does not give you the right to insinuate everyone white is racist. It is that thought pattern that exacerbates the race tensions. Your type of blacks perpetuate more race tension than most because you say it out loud in groups of any color and call each other the “n” word and don’t think you hurt your situation? The brain is in a losing fight with you.

      1. latoya says:

        Wait, when did I say I was black? I smell a stereotype.

        PS- u really mad

        1. Jarhead6981 says:

          Yup, I assumed. What you smell is confidence in my observation. I may be wrong, I have at times been wrong. But that was when I thought I was wrong, but I was actually right, so I was wrong in thinking I was wrong, because I was right. The other point is this, name 1 person named latoya who isn’t of color. Lastly, as I predicted, you do nothing but try to find ways to perpetuate your race hate. No, I’m not mad, I’m sick…of people like you. And no, I don’t hate blacks, I hate those who prize their own racist feelings…black, white or ANY color.

          1. purple rain says:

            always makes me laugh when someone is called racist they always use the “i have black/white/latino/asian friends, so how am i racist?” excuse.

            Latoya Jackson. She’s not colored but her name is Latoya. hahaha

            1. stiv says:

              Who cares whose racist. It’s been beaten to death; worse than Gallagher’s act… and career.

  26. jr says:

    I’ve not met a person who has said an unkind word about you. You are a treasure , especially in this time of strife.You make us laugh and take a ride with you for 2-3 hours.It’s a very fun ride that you dont want to get off. Hopefully, he can continue for many,many rides as possible for our younger kids too. Dont you think?

  27. Always Independent says:

    Just think dave, Gallegher gets paid alot of money for acting like a fool whereas you have to do it for free!

    1. Carol says:

      Always Independent…… you had me at Just think Dave….lol best line of the day

    2. Jarhead6981 says:

      Hey Phillis, how many of your friends did you talk to and how many hours did it take to come up with that little quip? Probably the whole 8 years you’ve been alive. Oops, sorry to use such a big word as quip. Look it up bunky.

  28. Cowboy says:

    Be well, Gallagher

  29. Allan Kolsatd says:

    Any chance to getr a refund on the tickects for the show?

  30. Justin says:

    Man I love this guy! I hope he is going to be ok.

  31. artemis133 says:

    Get well soon, Gallagher! I saw him live twice-his shows were funny, and were very physically taxing for him. Not easy! He always gave his all. He autographed a tshirt I bought at one of his shows; he didn’t have to do that after the show. He seemed like a pretty nice guy. From one Gallagher to another…

  32. j.r. says:

    Saw him live as a kid and thought he was one of the funniest guys ever. Saw him 3 or 4 years ago on long island and thought he was one of the most bitter, cynical, and angry people I have heard. He was very unfunny. He seemed so angry with the way his life turned out, including a couple of divorces. The only part he seemed happy is when he mentioned his daughter.

    He brought some teen girls on stage and it was creepy and almost dirty.

    Get well soon, gallagher, including your act.

  33. Rick Morgan says:

    Gallagher – you are a smash! Keep it up!

  34. Hilda Lough Taylor says:

    Went to USF when Gallagher attended and had the privilege of sitting at Leo’s table and exchanging barbs and bad jokes over cokes or coffee in the Student Union 3 days a week from 10 to 11AM for two trimesters. He looked the same a year ago as he did in 1970-71, and has always been a funny guy. If he took one silly schtick and made a name for himself that has endured for decades, God bless him! Funny then and funny now. Be well, Leo!! All my best wishes for a prompt recovery.

  35. stiv says:

    A comedian like Gallagher would appeal to a guy like JARHEAD.

    Marine like smash Marine go boom! boom!

    Smashing things is pretty much all they can understand.

    1. Phil Chroniger says:

      I’m hoping that, someday soon, a Marine goes “boom! boom!” upside your head and knocks a little respect for the military into you.

      1. stiv says:

        They can always try.

  36. purple rain says:

    “I got warrants!”

  37. tea says WDFL is MEAN! says:

    FAIL WDFL…..way to make FUN of this guy who I am guessing has REAL health issues!

  38. vbxzfkbj says:

    Gallagher’s still alive?

    Well, his career is dead…

  39. snoopydoggiepoop says:

    Get well soon old friend Gally. In your honor I will smash 1 watermelon with a sledge hammer on my kitchchen table a day until you make a full recovery.

    Love you pal.

  40. jfhdsiu says:

    Stay strong Gallagher, we need you!

  41. Nadja says:

    My gosh, you’re 4 years younger than I am. Bummer! You wouldn’t be interested in an old broad like me, sob. My wish is that you get well ASAP and stay well for at least another 50 years. We love you.

  42. ecnirP says:

    I would have loved to have seen Gallagher’s face in the emergency room when the doctor yells over his shoulder, “nurse, get me the Sledge-O-Matic…STAT!”

  43. Jarhead6981 says:

    quickly…who’s not whose. You’re done.

    burple…I agree with you. You hear it way too often. Let me ask you. Is there another way you can think of to TRY to convey to someone like latoya about my, or your racial views? I’m open to suggestion. I also thought “some knucklehead is going to say something about always hearing about someone’s friends or family being mixed race, but again, I can’t think of another way to TRY to convince someone with the penchant for racial hatred. You?…you’re just looking for a laugh…as you said “it always makes me laugh…..” Bye Bye now bunky-ettes.

  44. RoboSchluter says:

    Why hasn’t Gallagher ever hosted the Oscars? Or even the far Left comedy ashow, SNL?

  45. RoboSchluter says:

    Why hasn’t Gallagher ever hosted the Emmy’s?

  46. RoboSchluter says:

    I said, “Why hasn’t Gallagher ever been invited to host the Oscars?” He appeals to all demographics, is witty, respected, experienced, and funny. And he owns a sledgehammer.

  47. Noah Fing-Whey says:

    I hope Obama reads a speech soon to comfort us!

  48. Trisha Doherty says:

    Breaking news: Gallagher collapsed during a show..

    In other news,,,Thousands of readers collectivly say “hmm..I thought he was already dead”

    Get well, though

  49. bob says:

    Get well soon! You’re comedy is much needed.

  50. Moose says:

    All the Best to Gallagher.

    BTW, it’s not a “sledgehammer”… IT’S A “SLEDGE-O-MATIC”!

  51. Rich Reed says:

    we are all rooting for you, it’s time you slowed down, I know I told you before.

  52. Bourgeois says:

    Is nothing sacred??

  53. Tom S says:

    Was it really him or his look a like brother who also performs on the road as Gallagher?

  54. RiversCuomoJr says:

    This guy is played out like a soggy eggroll…LAME ONE TRICK PONY.

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  57. Rob says:

    My thoughts and prayers for your safe recovery. You have given us many great laughs watching you on TV and twice in person. Your classy and crazy at the same time! Best of luck to your future health.

  58. CVAB says:

    Pay back has been long time coming.. I can still remember when we booed your sorry ass off the stage when said some stupid insulting jokes about the military when performing at a party for the USS Enterprise CVN-65 back in 1981. Ibelieve your comments were —- So this is where the stupid people gather that couldn’t get a job! (nice) We booed your ass off the stage and out of the building. Get well soon, Ass &*^.

  59. tiredandretired says:

    I guess it makes some people feel powerful, if they kick a guy while he’s down. He’s had a great career, doing what he enjoys doing. Obviously, many still enjoy seeing him do it. It’s all good clean fun. Who can’t appreciate that? I’m praying that he makes a full recovery and gets to continue doing what he loves, for the audience who loves him.

  60. Ilpalazzo says:

    What gets me is how people just zone in to the watermelon bit as his performance, when that’s just like the last third of the shows – almost to the point of just obligatory. I always found the first 2/3’s of his routine, with his more stand-up prop comedy to be the best part. He’s a more positive comedian who, as another commenter pointed out, doesn’t just use expletives and vulgar jokes. I dunno, say what you will, but Gallagher’s always been one of the ‘good guys’. I hope he pulls through this.

  61. Rick says:

    Is he still using that old, lame, smashing of produce? Retire dude, you’re boring.

  62. mister jerry says:

    Gallagher’s mad as hell

  63. Beth B says:

    You always have put a smile on my face. I will keep you in my prayers.

  64. Ron Ernie says:

    Gallagher worked for a living such as many many do. I join those who wish him well, and pray for his recovery. To those who would kick a man when he is down, pity you.

    Ron Ernie

  65. I'm just the messenger says:

    Don’t wish him ill, but funny? Never found him funny in the least. He has been a waster and destroyer of food, fitting for this throw-away society we have become. Since when has that been a laugh? .

  66. Julie says:

    Get Better!
    I will always love your humor and the fact that you alone are the only comedian to smash watremelons on your audience and have them actually pay you to make them messy lol *hugs*
    Take it easy too, 64 is still too young yet.
    Lots more watremelons left for you to smakky crakky.

  67. stiv says:

    Once again: the man isn’t a great comedian. He isn’t even a great performer; he’s at best a spectacle like a sideshow act….

    I’ve also learned that people in Minnesota can’t take criticism because my other post was deleted.

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