Gallagher

Turner Hall Ballroom

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In a Nutshell

One of the world’s most recognizable comics picks up his Sledge-O-Matic for an evening of wordplay and watermelon destruction

The Fine Print

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The Deal

  • $25 for one ticket for general-admission balcony seating (up to $47.78 value)

Gallagher

  • 1969: the year Gallagher began to climb the comedy ladder
  • Surprising obstacle: Johnny Carson, who didn’t like prop comedy
  • How he finally got on the The Tonight Show: the staff liked him, so they put him on when Johnny had a guest host
  • Fun fact: his show contains as much wordplay and observational humor as it does watermelon pulp
  • The Sledge-O-Matic: Gallagher’s signature prop, born from a raucous sendup of late-night infomercials
  • It’s purpose: pure produce demolition
  • What to bring: a sense of humor and a bucket for composting the splattered punchlines

Riverside Theater

As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.


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