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Farleys and Gallaghers

Checking out this Used Wigs rundown of celebrity brothers (wow, please take note of Patrick Swayze’s brother Don), I learned that the Michael Moore character in David Zucker’s conservative “comedy” An American Carol was played by Chris Farley’s brother Kevin Farley, whose acting career is not actually as bad as that role might suggest.

Used Wigs also mentions the sad tale of Ron Gallagher, unemployed brother of The Gallagher (aka Leo Gallagher), who toured around for 10 years as “Gallagher Too”. He played smaller clubs than his brother, but still dressed the same and smashed watermelons. As time went on, Ron Gallagher made less and less of an effort to let audiences know that they weren’t seeing the original Gallagher, and Leo Gallagher sued his brother for stealing his act.

A legitimate gripe, it seems to me, but the Gallagher family didn’t see it that way, and now Leo Gallagher is estranged from his family.

But before we feel too bad for the man, let us remind ourselves what his act is like these days with this gem from a 2008 show recap:

“I have a superior intellect. I want someone to give me a topic, and I’ll tell a joke about it.” A girl approached the microphone, was given a pair of boxers to wear, and said: “Kennedy’s brain tumor,” which had just been announced a day earlier.

Gallagher paused for a moment, then said, “He wanted to have a hole in his head like the rest of his family!”

Perhaps David Zucker should enlist Gallagher for his next movie. It wouldn’t be boring.

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Gallagher is crazy, hateful, racist

The Stranger recaps a recent show by Gallagher, who spends his time trashing liberals, people of other nationalities and ethnicities, and most of all, gay people.

“Hey, President Obama,” he spits out the name like a mouthful of burning hair. “You ain’t black. I don’t care what you say—you’re a latte. You’re half whole-milk. It could be goat milk—you could be a terrorist!” I am too busy losing my mind to catch the next joke, which is about Ted Kennedy’s brain cancer. Aaaaand we’re off.
He opens a giant can of fruit cocktail and pours it in. He opens a can of some Asian vegetable—water chestnuts, maybe—and pours that in, too. “This is the China people and queers!!!” he screams and takes his sledgehammer to the thing with a fury that is no fun at all. Wet chunks of China people and queers fly everywhere. The hateful, bitter old man laughs. I cannot believe Bill Hicks is dead and this motherfucker is still touring.

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