Category Archives: Comedians

Popular 80’s comedian Gallagher suffers heart attack

Comedian Gallagher (born Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr.) known for his signature sketch “Sledge-O-Matic” is slowly recovering from a heart attack suffered just before he was about to perform at a Texas club.

Gallagher, 65, is in stable condition at a Dallas-area hospital.

He was about to go onstage Wednesday, March 14 at Hat Tricks, a Lewisville, Texas club when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital by paramedics.

His shows in Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon scheduled through next week have been posponed.

Gallagher was one of the most popular and recognizable American comedians during the 1980s. He performed 14 comedy specials for Showtime. These shows have been re-broadcasted numerous times, notably on Comedy Central. His first special was directed by Mike Nesmith, formerly of The Monkees.

Gallagher ran for Governor in the 2003 California recall election, finishing 16th out of 135 candidates.

Gallagher’s Comedy Specials:

  • An Uncensored Evening (1980)
  • Mad as Hell/Two Real (1981)
  • Totally New (1982)
  • Stuck in the Sixties (1983)
  • The Maddest (1983)
  • Melon Crazy (1984)
  • Over Your Head (1984)
  • The Bookkeeper (1985)
  • The Messiest (1986) — contains clips from previous specials
  • Overboard (1987)
  • We Need a Hero (1992)
  • Smashing Cheeseheads (1997)
  • Messin’ Up Texas (1998)
  • Sledge-O-Matic.com (2000)
  • Tropic of Gallagher (2007)

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1980: Gallagher’s news anchor comedy

On this day, John Belushi was found dead March 5, 1982

John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)
John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)

On March 5, 1982, Belushi was found dead in his room at Bungalow #3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.  The cause of death was a speed-ball, a combined injection of cocaine and heroin.

On the night of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams (at the height of his own drug exploits) and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others, including Cathy Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Dr. Ryan Norris among others, and while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a rug-related accident.

Belushi and his friend Dan Aykroyd were slated to present the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 54th Academy Awards, an event held less than four weeks after his death. Aykroyd presented the award alone, commenting on the stage “My partner would have loved to have been here to present this award, given that he was something of a visual effect himself.”