Glazer: Gallagher Socks it to Local Comedy Kingpin

Oh My God He Punched Me!

Once upon a time, Gallagher was a comedy legend. Now he’s a mean, old guy who feels that the world should only listen to him and his thoughts. He doesn’t want to hear from you or me or anybody else, for that matter. When he was on stage, he put on a great show. Off stage, he was crazy.

And not in a funny or good way, as you might suspect…

It all started when I met him Monday morning last, at 7 a.m.to do Johnny Dare on 98.9 The Rock. I had him picked up by a limo -mean me,. The limo brought him to the station. He got out of the car and didn’t really seem to want to meet or speak to anyone including me.

OK.

He did his radio and was decent. I took him to breakfast and paid the tab. When I asked him about his family or life, he shot back,”Why do you want to know?”

OK.

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39 Responses to Glazer: Gallagher Socks it to Local Comedy Kingpin

  1. Anonymous says:

    Doog
    Craig, you do need to put a poster of Gallagher next to the other famous folks on your wall, but instead of his name, just put in big, bold, italicized letters, “DICK”.

    That sucks you had to deal with a guy with a major screw loose.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Maureen
    My God, give him a line somebody. What a jerk.

  3. Anonymous says:

    MGarr
    Man saw him at Midland years back, was great. Sorry to hear it, too bad.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dino
    Heard this on Dare, cracked me up. Laughed my ass off. Like the losing money on football stories.

  5. Anonymous says:

    lil’ hearne
    Craig, you should have placed an over-ripe casaba melon on Gallagher’s
    crotchel region. Laying the wood on said region (a la George Brett 80’s era), you could have spread the melon-squishins to the quad-county boundaries.
    Only then, should you have given him the autographed copy of your book.

  6. Anonymous says:

    KellysGuy
    so hes likely correct, you are a dick.

  7. Anonymous says:

    KCMO staffer
    Saw your front page KCStar story, awsome. Good job.

  8. Anonymous says:

    jweinberg
    Man, he is a strange person for sure. Most have been a long week with that guy. Loved the Preview story on you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    SimonSays
    Dude is lucky you gave him work. Nuts.

  10. Anonymous says:

    KCMO staffer
    Funny story. Hard to believe he is such a crazy man.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Rob Lane
    Will this be in the next book?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Rockyroad
    I think he’s just bitter over losing his career. Not a good way to start a new one, huh.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Harry Balczak
    I’ve heard Gallagher is a freak now

  14. Anonymous says:

    Rainbow Man
    This is good stuff Hearne. It does not get better than this. I read a million words a day…. this stuff is awesome.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hollister
    wow…thanks for the story. People need to be publicly called out when they act like this. If Gallagher is this big of an ass I can only imagine what real movie stars are like.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Steve
    I highly recommend his interview from a while back with avclub.com. He really is batshit crazy.

  17. Anonymous says:

    bschloz
    Funny and sad story…sounds like this dickhead is melting down in real time.
    “What we didn

  18. Anonymous says:

    Steve
    In some cases of exceptional talent, an “illness” in some way shape or form, is an essential part of the gift.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Tracy Thomas
    i love al gore and craig glazer more today than ever before. al, for inventing the internet. and you, craig, for capturing and sharing this story! hooray for kcc, because this story would never make its way into the star or tv.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Greg
    LOVE this story!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Uncle Dick
    What a loser. Gosh Craig, looks like you were a great host, limo, meals, a bunch of free PR, place to stay, a band, a book- signed, no less. My son was at the Wednesday show, spoke with Mr. Gallagher and got a picture; I asked him if he offered the dude a part in his next movie, and he told me his impression of the guy was that he’s rather be home doing nothing, so he chose not to speak with him about the role.

    We have had some really nice, down-to-earth folks come in from LA for different projects, and they were all a pleasure to be around; one actor who was in this summer did interviews with the local paper, greeted folks as he walked around the town square between scenes, was very encouragng to the young people on the set, and was a guest in our home for dinner. Great guy, and coming back to KC for the premier and for the next project. I suspect he’ll alwayts have a part in my son’s produtions, unlike Gallagher.

  22. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    I’m guessing you’re still not friends. I didn’t even know this guy was still around. Apparently the melon crop was good this year. You’d think somewhere in the last 40 or 50 years he could have come up with a new idea. Andy Kaufman may have been nuts, but he at least changed ideas on a fairly routine basis.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Black Barbie
    Craig when you gonna have a black star again. Probably Damon Wayons jr, cause hes like a white dude anyways.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Susan Dunlap
    Funny story. He’s crazy.

  25. Anonymous says:

    The Independent Rage
    Why, precisely, did Gallagher have his shirt off in that picture? Actually, wait. I don’t even want to know.

  26. Anonymous says:

    JoHawk
    This dude’s 15 minutes were up years ago. Washed up loser.

  27. Anonymous says:

    JayhawkTony
    My guess is that Gallagher was pissed because Craig didn’t give him any of his stash of blow.

  28. Anonymous says:

    %
    I read an interview with this guy a while back, maybe a year or two ago. He came across as extremely bitter about the whole comedy industry. And by bitter, he seemed to mean “No one else who has ever taken the stage has ever been funny. Except me.” And then he went on to rage about how no respects him. Sounded like Rodney Dangerfield, except a lot less funny.

    He’s pretty much like a Jeff Foxworthy. Clamped his teeth down on a novelty act and never realized that it stopped being funny a long time ago. Although I could see myself enjoying a beer with Foxworthy. I think I’d rather toss a beer in Gallagher’s face.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Marie
    Sounds like he has the beginnings (or middle stage) of Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia….way too familiar stories of how elderly relatives started to act before they were diagnosed.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Rick in PV
    I always get Gallagher confused with Carrot Top …

  31. Anonymous says:

    kitty krash
    A really fun read. Thanks Glazer.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Candace
    Sad when a washed up has been star still seeks the same treatment he had when he was actually a STAR…..that was what???? 20 years ago???? I really thought the guy was dead! I guess his comedy act is. He can’t be a very happy person, mad at the world and expects the same treatment he had 20+ years ago.
    We have not heard the last of Gallagher…….just think about it!
    Unfortunately we will probably see he act in the coming years…..
    Gallagher will be @ Shady Acres in July!
    Hopefully I won’t alive to see that!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Danger
    The dude has been smashing fruit with I comically large hammer for decades, what the hell did you expect?

    And would you give a crap if I came up to you and gave you a signed copy of my demo? No.

    Crazy people make art, insane people do comedy.

  34. Anonymous says:

    jojo
    what does a guy like gallagher get paid to
    perfrom at a club like yours?
    his schedule is pretty full the resto f the
    year so he must be doing pretty well financially.
    I’m guessig he get $5000 a night? what is
    it craig?

  35. Anonymous says:

    craig glazer
    Close JoJo, there is no doubt the guy can get work and does. Maybe in other spots he acts better. I think he does not do too many A theatres like Stanfords, it seems he is more with the middle of the road places,state fairs,outdoor family things, not really clubs like this, maybe that set him off, who knows. Like I said, his on stage show was very good, and fresh jokes, even funny. He looks good on stage, his opening line is “I’m not Dead!” Funny. So he has his good points. Its likely a combination of problems that come to a head here and there. But yes he makes decent money for heck a Tue/Wed night and it was nearly sold out..not bad…hey I’m over it, just another chapter for my new book next year…glad you guys liked the story if it wasn’t me, it would have been fun.

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