Gallagher, melon-smashing comedian who hurled food into audience, dies at 76
Melon-Smashing Comedian Doug Gallagher Gets an Unusual Last Meal
Doug Gallagher, a 76-year-old comic who was one of the most famous performers on the stand-up circuit has died. After a career that included stints on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” and “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” Gallagher had a regular gig at The Improv in L.A. He had recently released a new album, “Kiss Me,” and had been working on a new film.
“Kiss Me,” along with a new album from Gallagher & O’Grady, were both released on Spotify and Apple Music.
Gallagher began performing stand-up in the 1950s as a way to get more people into comedy clubs. He was a key member of that generation’s “hippest” comedy scene, and went on to form the Gallagher & O’Grady comedy partnership in 1972. After a stint with the comedy duo in 1974, Gallagher worked in TV, radio, and film, and starred in the hit 1986 “My Name is Earl” as well as a number of other films.
It was in 1986 that Gallagher and comedian Robert O’Grady created the improvisational comedy show, The Tonight Show with The Greatest Show On Earth, for NBC, which aired on a rotating basis until 1991. That series was revived in 1997 for the short-lived (and often controversial) The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which moved to The Late Show with David Letterman in 1998.
Gallagher had a career that spanned a number of genres, including stand-up comedy, TV, and movie, and he also had his own radio show in the 1980s hosted by Jay Leno.
In addition to his performing career, Gallagher also was known for starring in his own TV shows that he co-created, including the sitcom Gallagher & O