February 26, 1998 in Features

Simply A Smash Gallagher Visits Opera House

By The Spokesman-Review
 

When spectators settle into their seats for Saturday’s show at the Opera House, more than a few will be wearing raincoats.

No, the roof will not be leaking.

The smart people will have prepared for a performance by Gallagher, the sledgehammer-toting comedian with a penchant for showering his audience with assorted fruits and vegetables and other edibles.

He also slips a few jokes and offbeat observations into his messy performance. Some samples are posted on his Web site (www.gallaghersmash.com). A few are funny, some are mildly amusing, and one or two are downright confusing. Consider these:

“There’s a mailbox in front of the post office. A mailbox is for when you ain’t at the post office.”

“It’s common sense you don’t fry bacon naked!”

“You don’t pee in front of the bathroom! You go in the building.”

And finally he asks, “Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets?”

Opera House manager Mike Kobluk will take special precautions to keep the Opera House clean. The heavy drapes on stage will be tucked out of the way and the first eight rows or so of seats will be covered with plastic.

It’ll be business as usual, since the Opera House has hosted several Gallagher performances.

Still, it will cost about $3,200 to clean up after Mr. Sledge-o-Matic, an amount that is written into the Opera House’s contract with the comedian, says Kobluk.

“That’s obviously part of the show,” says Kobluk. “It’s a pretty big job to clean up after Gallagher.”

But if you want to get prime watermelon-wearing seats, forget it. The front rows are already sold out. You can still get tickets toward the back for $22 or look down at it all from the balcony for $18.50.

About 2,000 of the 2,700 tickets available had been sold as of Monday, says Kobluk.

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MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story:

ON STAGE

Gallagher performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House. Tickets: $25 to $18.50 (with discounts for seniors, military and students), available at G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets or call (800) 325-SEAT.

This sidebar appeared with the story: ON STAGE Gallagher performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House. Tickets: $25 to $18.50 (with discounts for seniors, military and students), available at G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets or call (800) 325-SEAT.


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