Gallagher Returns to Los Angeles Stage, Minus the Sledgehammer

Even though comedian Gallagher has a home in Los Angeles, his performance at downtown’s Club Nokia on Wednesday night was his first local appearance in a decade. The 64-year-old still tours constantly, at a clip of about 200 shows per year, but he told FishbowlLA after the show that on stage at least, “for whatever reason, I’m just not an LA kind of guy.”

There were no watermelons, sledgehammers or wacky costume changes. Just a stand-up comic chiseling away at the huge bank of observational humor now at his disposal. Particularly funny on this night was Gallagher’s extensive take on the preponderance of French words in the English language, from fiancee to resume.

Gallagher’s November 10th performance was part of the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, a twice-annual event that continues over the next two weekends at the ACME Comedy Theater on La Brea. Cash screenplay awards were presented last night after the show, and event founder Lawrin Goulston Salazar mentioned to FBLA that one upcoming ACME attraction dear to her heart is sketch group The Riot Act.

Opening for Gallagher was the caustically hilarious Auggie Smith. Even Gallagher picked up on the Portland based comic’s observation that while drivers of school buses are strapped in for Armageddon, their young passengers are allowed to bounce around like lottery balls.