Get ready to get in the splash zone and be covered in all types of destroyed fruits.

That’s right, legendary comedian Gallagher will perform two shows in Greeley, Colorado, in just more than a week’s time.

The longtime prop comic will host a matinee and evening performance at the Moxi Theater in Greeley next Sunday. He will be joined by comedian Artie Fletcher.

For those interested in tickets, remember that if you sit in first few rows, there’s a good chance you will be in the “splash zone,” which means you should bring a plastic poncho or some other type of protective covering to keep your clothes free of flying debris.

Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher Jr., is best known for his “sledge-o-matic,” a massive wooden mallet he uses to destroy various fruits and other objects during his sets. This usually culminates in him smashing a watermelon at the end of his shows.

The comedian, who earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida, originally intended to become a chemist. But after graduating college, he began working with comic and musician Jim Stafford as his road manager. During their travels, Gallagher got the idea to begin performing. He became a regular face at The Comedy Store in Hollywood and The Ice House in Pasadena, California.

He tried for many years to get a spot performing on “The Tonight Show,” but host Johnny Carson was wary about featuring the comedian, due to Carson’s dislike of prop comedy. However, many of Carson’s staff enjoyed Gallagher’s style, so he would ultimately perform numerous times on the show, albeit when guest hosts would fill in for Carson.

Gallagher would end up becoming one of the most popular comedians of the 1980s and recorded 14 stand-up specials for Showtime.

Through the years, Gallagher has continued to tour, and he regularly pops up in the news. However, not all of the attention has been positive. He is known for a tense interview conducted by comedian Marc Maron for his podcast “WTF?,” which Gallagher walked out of due to Maron’s questioning of some questionably racist content in the elder comic’s sets.

In 2004, Gallagher was listed as the 100th best stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central, although he felt he should have been listed higher, claiming he didn’t know many of the performers included.

He also ran for governor of California in 2003, finishing 16th out of 135 candidates and earning more than 5,400 votes.

Ellen Fike is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s features reporter. She can be reached at efike@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3135. Follow her on Twitter @EllenLFike

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