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Gallagher, Lovitz Coming to Arlington Drafthouse

by ARLnow.com February 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm 3,249 18 Comments

Two comedy legends will be coming to the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) in the next month.

Jon Lovitz, of Saturday Night Live and The Critic fame, will be performing a total of four stand-up shows at the Drafthouse on Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26. Tickets are $30.

The next week, on Friday, March 4 and Saturday March 5, the single-name comedian Gallagher will be bringing his unique brand of comedy to the Drafthouse.

Gallagher is best known for his 80s cable TV specials, in which he would smash watermelons and other objects with a huge mallet, to the delight of trash bag-wearing audience members. His stand-up act at the Drafthouse, however, will not include an appearance by the famous “Sledge-O-Matic.”

In the world’s most concise publicity email (total: 19 words), Gallagher’s promotional manager confirmed that the show will not include any fruit smashing.

“This means all comedy without the mess!” wrote Christine Scherrer. “It’ll be a great show.”

Tickets to the show are $25.

  • Dan

    Will Gallagher be doing his homophobic and racist schtick? Because that seems to be what his new routine consists of:


    • Gallagher is crazy, in multiple ways. I didn’t really want to get into that much depth, however.

      I don’t know that his routine will consist of.


    When will Paula Poundstone come to town. FREDTERP

  • jen

    I thought I read that people were protesting the Gallagher appearance? Whatever happened with that?

  • Lou

    Sweet. Maybe I can get Morgan Fairchild’s autograph.

  • charlie

    will they be playing hip hop?

    • RJ

      Hah nice! Also, what kind of Gallagher show doesn’t have smashing Watermelons? What kind of madness is that?

  • TryTheTacos

    Ever since I heard that Jon Lovitz beat the snot out of Andy Dick – I have so much more appreciation for him.

    • Frenchy B

      I hadn’t heard that about Lovitz before – good for him!

  • Which galleager is it? The original or his brother?

  • CrystalMikey

    It stinks!

  • Arlingtonian

    No watermelon? 🙁

  • Southeast Ben

    Does anyone think that one lady will try and close down Drafthouse over the contents of it’s comedians?

  • dpan

    For an up-close look at Gallagher’s cringe-worthy insanity, check out episode 145 of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast which includes a remarkable interview with Gallagher that was conducted in a hotel room in Portland, OR.

    During the interview, Gallagher defends his propensity to tell “street jokes” (aka: racist, homophobic material that he “just heard somewhere on the street”) while helping himself to some fresh baked cookies that were given to Maron by fans.


    DISCLAIMER: The content of this podcast includes foul language that may be offensive to civic association leadership.

  • imissTX

    Am I in the minority thinking that a Gallagher show without the sledge hammer and fruit is just bound to be terrible?

  • Chad

    Probably too late for anyone to see this – but check it out if you wanna hear what Gallagher’s been up to lately:

    episode 145


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