Jul 8, 2010
commented on Gallagher Is a Paranoid, Right-Wing, Watermelon-Smashing Maniac
It's a shame to read that someone who used to make people laugh and had real talent has basically fallen to this level. I never thought of Gallagher as a top-tier comic, but he could usually find odd and unique ways of looking at the world and seemed to have a zest for life. Yet I always had a vague sense of meanness lurking just under his surface, like a stranger in a bar who'll buddy up to you and tell you dirty jokes all night then mug you in the parking lot afterwards.
I don't know what's to blame for his turn to the dark side, but some folks are one-shot wonders who basically have no second act in them. Dennis Miller is an excellent example of someone who's lost his way and slipped into political pandering as a substitute for being funny, but in Miller's case I think 9/11 damaged his worldview and confidence so badly that he'll never truly be able to find the abundant humor in everything around him anymore.
For Gallagher's sake, I hope he's not aware of just how unfunny he is now. But something tells me he knows, and that's why he's given in to his bitterness. And oh yeah, long-term self-hating closet case--I thought that even back in the '90s.