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January 22, 2013

UAB's Alys Stephens Center ready for Gallagher and 'Last Smash' tour

BIRMINGHAM — Legendary comedian, prop artist and food smasher Gallagher is preparing to put down his famous Sledge-O-Matic, but not before one last hurrah.

 

UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (ASC) will present Gallagher ­– on his “Last Smash” tour across the country – at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Gallagher’s “Last Smash” will be a little bit of everything, from favorite routines to brand-new material dreamed up just for this tour.

 

Prepare to see the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall like you never have before: covered in plastic. For their own dry-cleaning safety, patrons sitting in the orchestra section will be covered in plastic, too (plastic provided by the ASC). The evening will feature an audience Q&A segment.

 

Tickets are $39.50; VIP packages are available for $75 and include a pre-performance reception at 6:30 p.m., performance ticket, complimentary beverages and snacks, and a meet-and-greet with Gallagher. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

Gallagher has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than four decades. He started touring in 1977 and got his big break at The Improv and The Comedy Store, as did the likes of Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Joan Rivers and David Letterman. Gallagher has been seen in 14 comedy specials on Showtime and Comedy Central, received a Cable ACE Award, ran for governor of California in 2003 and is currently featured in a GEICO commercial doing his famous bit at a farmers market.

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