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2012-07-03 09:44:14 AM
Damn that's pretty sad. Then again he did do it to himself in some ways...
 
2012-07-03 09:45:17 AM
Well, I feel bad for him, but investing in medtech based on what the company that wants your money told you?

Hell, I have a bridge I could sell him.
 
2012-07-03 09:48:25 AM
I don't see the problem. He lived the American Dream (tm). Go big or go home. Winners and losers. This is what_usually_ happens, not champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
 
2012-07-03 09:50:59 AM
He should have listened to Patrice O'Neal
 
2012-07-03 09:52:04 AM
It's hard to comprehend losing $3 Million. Wow, the need to keep wanting more by so many people is unbelievable. Enough is never enough.
 
2012-07-03 09:54:56 AM
I feel bad for him, but it's the same feel bad for him that I'd feel for a 60 year old walmart retiree who lost her meager savings and house due to needing an operation for that same heart attack. At least he had the money there when he really needed it, even if life sucks now. Either way, though, ending up about broke sucks no matter where you started from.
 
2012-07-03 09:57:14 AM
Isn't he kind of a dick?
 
2012-07-03 09:58:29 AM
I feel bad.. I liked his comedy when I was a kid.
 
2012-07-03 10:06:15 AM
Wait, so we should feel bad that he invested like a retard in some pie in the sky idea? If you have 3 million dollars, you should easily be able to live off the interest alone... If you got that kind of money, investing in something stable that even paid out dividends would of been easy to get, some financial planner could of set him up for that.

Sorry, but he's just as retarded as those hicks that win the lotto and blow it all in a year or two.
 
2012-07-03 10:07:02 AM
Ya gotta listen to Wu-Tang....ya gotta diversify.

As an entertainer he's quite capable of getting out of this. He needs a management company to put him on the road and get him working. His tirade last year wasn't so bad that everyone will remember it; it was barely a blip on the public radar.

However I think the heart attack probably did something to him mentally and he probably needs therapy to sort it out and get him stable for that kind of work.

But the bottom line is that if Carrot-Top is working so can Gallagher.
 
2012-07-03 10:13:02 AM
That was a depressing read.
 
2012-07-03 10:20:12 AM
Isn't he like, an asshole or something?
 
2012-07-03 10:25:43 AM
I feel bad that he got crappy investment advice. But I'm surprised that when he was at the top he was only worth $3 million. At that time his face was everywhere! I would have assumed he had a lot more money.
 
2012-07-03 10:26:10 AM

Magnetar: Isn't he like, an asshole or something?


Well after hearing him on the WTF podcast, he's more crazy than anything.

Also...

"I've got a patent on the new software for slot machines and I think I could be rich all over, all over again," he said.

Betting on stock for a gambling machine patent... how meta.
 
2012-07-03 10:26:41 AM
His hardships are entirely his fault. And his act (such as it was) turned into bashing Obama and the democrats and he largely played to audiences of wingnuts in Old Country Buffets.

/don't feel a single shred of sympathy for the guy
 
2012-07-03 10:26:56 AM
His brother was doing his act for awhile when he was in jail. He got out, sued his brother, and then realized they could make twice the money if they were each touring.
 
2012-07-03 10:28:20 AM
What do you call comedians who aren't funny?
 
2012-07-03 10:28:38 AM
Saw it coming.
 
2012-07-03 10:30:12 AM

gingerjet: His hardships are entirely his fault. And his act (such as it was) turned into bashing Obama and the democrats and he largely played to audiences of wingnuts in Old Country Buffets.

/don't feel a single shred of sympathy for the guy


So whats wrong with someone bashing the Current President and the other political party. I seem to recall that Democratic comedians did the same thing when it came to their comedy.

Personally, I am in the camp of you make fun of both sides equally or none at all.
 
2012-07-03 10:33:57 AM
He's made the mistake a lot of people in his previous situation make. He could have settled in and worked the occasional largish show for his remaining fans. Instead sold his act to his brother so he could sit at home and marvel at his own genius. He invested in risky ventures so he could make a quick buck. I'm surprised he's not selling Amway.

This is not the American dream. The American dream is lacing up your working boots and making something from nothing through hard work.

He's spent the last decade feeling sorry for himself. I will not be joining him. If he was as brilliant as he thinks he is he'd be doing more than telling his sob story to podcasters and DJ's. He's got a lifetime he could pour into a book that a great deal of people would read. He could go on one heck of a book tour smashing fruit and posing for photos.

Get it together, man.
 
2012-07-03 10:35:41 AM
Wow all those years of him working and only worth $3 million. He must have blow in on all those props.
 
2012-07-03 10:45:24 AM
The world is full of past-their-prime actors, athletes, and musicians who lost it all on a "sure thing". For every celebrity who ends up fabulously wealthy, there are a hundred actors who barely make the rent and "retire" at forty or fifty because they can't get gigs any more, only to find that they're not qualified to do anything else. Ditto musicians, ditto athletes. When you work in those professions, you have to remember that your earning years are much shorter than the average, so you have to save a much higher percentage of your income for your retirement.

It's always sad when you see a person who has mismanaged their finances as they grow into old age. Gallagher is really no different than a lot of Boomers in that respect: he made bad investments, didn't save enough money, and had unrealistic expectations on how long he would be able to continue working to support his lifestyle. Social Security (assuming it's even going to be around in anther decade) isn't going to support you -- you must have other sources of income if you don't want to live in poverty.

One thing I would say about Gallagher, though: he's his own worst enemy. Yes, he had a health set-back, but that whole "I died in March" thing is self-pitying tripe. He's got name-recognition, he's still got a fan-base, and he's (supposedly) got kids, relatives, and friends he can lean on for help. (If he has no friends or family to support him, that's his fault too in a way -- if you spend your life driving people away, you can't complain if there's no one around when you're old.) With competent management, he could easily make money on low-stress media appearances, a book deal, or short comedy spots in local clubs. Plenty of people who have heart attacks go on to live productive, active lives. It's not a death sentence any more.

As Deadwood's Al Swearengen so memorably said, the world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man. And give some back.

/Some free advice, Leo: I wouldn't bet the farm on that slot-machine patent. If it works out, great, but...you might want to have a plan B for making a living. Just sayin'.
 
2012-07-03 10:46:15 AM
I can picture this in my mind: "In this episode of "Oh how the mighty have fallen..." we have Gallagher, who will now eat watermelons to survive instead of smashing them.
 
2012-07-03 10:47:17 AM

yves0010: gingerjet: His hardships are entirely his fault. And his act (such as it was) turned into bashing Obama and the democrats and he largely played to audiences of wingnuts in Old Country Buffets.

/don't feel a single shred of sympathy for the guy

So whats wrong with someone bashing the Current President and the other political party. I seem to recall that Democratic comedians did the same thing when it came to their comedy.

Personally, I am in the camp of you make fun of both sides equally or none at all.


The difference is conservative comedy isn't funny, it's usually just hateful.
 
2012-07-03 10:47:37 AM
Also, if he's staying in a hotel and eating out for every meal, he can't be that broke. Hotels aren't cheap, and neither is restaurant food.
 
2012-07-03 10:47:48 AM

yves0010:
So whats wrong with someone bashing the Current President and the other political party. I seem to recall that Democratic comedians did the same thing when it came to their comedy.

Personally, I am in the camp of you make fun of both sides equally or none at all.


There's nothing wrong with it as long as you're funny. It's not the biting commentary and well times rhetoric he used to do. It's borderline racial and extremely low brow which he claims is intentional to cater to his audience.
 
2012-07-03 10:49:24 AM

red5ish: What do you call comedians who aren't funny?


Fans of Dane Cook,Carlos Mencia and George Lopez.


But that's not important right now.....
 
2012-07-03 10:50:58 AM

GBmanNC: yves0010: gingerjet: His hardships are entirely his fault. And his act (such as it was) turned into bashing Obama and the democrats and he largely played to audiences of wingnuts in Old Country Buffets.

/don't feel a single shred of sympathy for the guy

So whats wrong with someone bashing the Current President and the other political party. I seem to recall that Democratic comedians did the same thing when it came to their comedy.

Personally, I am in the camp of you make fun of both sides equally or none at all.

The difference is conservative comedy isn't funny, it's usually just hateful.


And from the other side of things, liberal comedy isn't funny and its usually just hateful. Two sides of the same coin. Difference in points of view.

there4igraham: yves0010:
So whats wrong with someone bashing the Current President and the other political party. I seem to recall that Democratic comedians did the same thing when it came to their comedy.

Personally, I am in the camp of you make fun of both sides equally or none at all.

There's nothing wrong with it as long as you're funny. It's not the biting commentary and well times rhetoric he used to do. It's borderline racial and extremely low brow which he claims is intentional to cater to his audience.


I have not watched or seen him perform since I was in my early teenage years. And I usually just watched him smashed the watermelons.
 
2012-07-03 10:51:31 AM
The difference is conservative comedy isn't funny, it's usually just hateful.

Al Franken, David Letterman, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo...they're all pretty snotty and hateful. It goes both ways. I go to a comedy club to laugh, not to listen to some jerk rant about politics for an hour.
 
2012-07-03 10:52:15 AM
Hey, book deal(s), tv ads for local car dealerships, stores, etc. would easily pay enough to continue living a normal lifestyle.

Clearly he needs to find a agent with a brain... also he needs to stfu and get back to work...

/farking hypocrite Republican
 
2012-07-03 10:53:42 AM

KellyX: Wait, so we should feel bad that he invested like a retard in some pie in the sky idea? If you have 3 million dollars, you should easily be able to live off the interest alone...


A 1% interest rate of 3 million dollars is 30,000 a year. If you can live easily off of that then good luck to you. He had the choice of investing or continue working. He invested in the wrong company. C'est la vie.
 
2012-07-03 10:56:00 AM
Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho..... In fact, off the top of my head, most of the political bile comes from the left in entertainment. Even funny guys like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Louis C. K., and others let their ideology trump their humor many times. I'm not saying they shouldn't have those opinions; just that their act is comedy, not political science.

Same goes for musicians: I don't give a damn what cause or crusade or flavor-of-the-month victim group you're advocating. I paid to see a musical performance. Leave the other shiat at the door.
 
2012-07-03 11:04:33 AM

bluesbox: Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho..... In fact, off the top of my head, most of the political bile comes from the left in entertainment. Even funny guys like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Louis C. K., and others let their ideology trump their humor many times. I'm not saying they shouldn't have those opinions; just that their act is comedy, not political science.

Same goes for musicians: I don't give a damn what cause or crusade or flavor-of-the-month victim group you're advocating. I paid to see a musical performance. Leave the other shiat at the door.


Amen! I hate going to a movie and end up watching a crappy political opinion about why the director / script writers political views are right and mine are wrong. I want to be entertained and not preached to.

/goes for both sides!
 
2012-07-03 11:08:11 AM
"I see things on the side of the road, which, of course, I'd never see if I just drove by. And I pick up these things, because, to me, it tells me about the society, and I find parts of cars and they're important parts-and I wonder how the car is driving without that part now. It just seems odd to me. We're known by the things we leave behind. It's kind of like I'm an archeologist of the society now, instead of digging deep in the dirt. You don't find shards of pots in America these days, but you do find car parts."

This part was kind of sweet actually. Also, WHAT IS UP WITH TIRE PARTS ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY? Seriously, it seems like cars are falling apart right and left on the roads lately.
 
2012-07-03 11:10:37 AM

coco ebert: "I see things on the side of the road, which, of course, I'd never see if I just drove by. And I pick up these things, because, to me, it tells me about the society, and I find parts of cars and they're important parts-and I wonder how the car is driving without that part now. It just seems odd to me. We're known by the things we leave behind. It's kind of like I'm an archeologist of the society now, instead of digging deep in the dirt. You don't find shards of pots in America these days, but you do find car parts."

This part was kind of sweet actually. Also, WHAT IS UP WITH TIRE PARTS ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY? Seriously, it seems like cars are falling apart right and left on the roads lately.


To many Toyotas on the roads these days...

/Owns a 2011 Toyota Corolla.
 
2012-07-03 11:10:44 AM
horsesass.org
Not to be confused with his brother World's Smallest Violin II.
 
2012-07-03 11:11:24 AM
You know who used to do really good (and funny!) political satire? Tom Lehrer. I miss that guy.
 
2012-07-03 11:12:55 AM

bluesbox: You know who used to do really good (and funny!) political satire? Tom Lehrer. I miss that guy.


He's dead? Huh. I guess we WON'T all go together when we go.
 
2012-07-03 11:14:10 AM
Another one of Lehrer's best: National Brotherhood Week.
 
2012-07-03 11:16:15 AM
He's dead? Huh.

I thought he was too, but according to Wikipedia, he's still hanging in there.
 
2012-07-03 11:21:30 AM
Karma, big time.
 
2012-07-03 11:21:58 AM
I dont mind political humor if it is done in an intelligent way. But sometimes you will get a comic from either side that just goes on about how stupid canidate X is. That gets boring quick. I have no love for Bush but some comics just want off the deep end in their hatred towards him.
 
2012-07-03 11:28:08 AM

groppet: I dont mind political humor if it is done in an intelligent way. But sometimes you will get a comic from either side that just goes on about how stupid canidate X is. That gets boring quick. I have no love for Bush but some comics just want off the deep end in their hatred towards him.


I can barely stand to look at Letterman anymore
 
2012-07-03 11:36:18 AM

groppet: I dont mind political humor if it is done in an intelligent way. But sometimes you will get a comic from either side that just goes on about how stupid canidate X is. That gets boring quick. I have no love for Bush but some comics just want off the deep end in their hatred towards him.


I think SNL did the best Presidential and political jokes and characterizations. The fact that they made fun of everyone in the same way just makes it better.
 
2012-07-03 11:50:55 AM
SUBBY: Will Sledgehammer watermelons for food.
In this sentence
1) I don't know who Will Sledgehammer is. (Fridge Largemeat's brother? Punt Speedchunk's cousin?)
2) I don't know what the verb to watermelon means, and neither does anyone else
3) I don't know why one would do it for food.

perhaps you'd like to explain?
 
2012-07-03 11:54:44 AM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: SUBBY: Will Sledgehammer watermelons for food.
In this sentence
1) I don't know who Will Sledgehammer is. (Fridge Largemeat's brother? Punt Speedchunk's cousin?)
2) I don't know what the verb to watermelon means, and neither does anyone else
3) I don't know why one would do it for food.

perhaps you'd like to explain?


Come to think of it... would that not be

"Will Sledge-O-Matic watermelons for food"
 
2012-07-03 11:58:03 AM
www.forkparty.com
I loved it when he used his .44 Magnum on watermelons instead.
 
2012-07-03 12:04:34 PM

yves0010: coco ebert: "I see things on the side of the road, which, of course, I'd never see if I just drove by. And I pick up these things, because, to me, it tells me about the society, and I find parts of cars and they're important parts-and I wonder how the car is driving without that part now. It just seems odd to me. We're known by the things we leave behind. It's kind of like I'm an archeologist of the society now, instead of digging deep in the dirt. You don't find shards of pots in America these days, but you do find car parts."

This part was kind of sweet actually. Also, WHAT IS UP WITH TIRE PARTS ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY? Seriously, it seems like cars are falling apart right and left on the roads lately.

To many Toyotas on the roads these days...

/Owns a 2011 Toyota Corolla.


Meh... But on a serious note, what car parts, other then little pieces from wreaks, or whole cars broken down on the side of the road, all I ever see is those farking tires all over the place from trucks.
 
2012-07-03 12:09:42 PM
A shame when something like this happens, but it does sometimes. His act used to actually be thought provoking. There was some political views thrown in, opposite of what he is now ironically, but they were light-hearted and short in between his hippy 'dare to dream' schtick.

You can't get popular all over again if you don't do your same act... and people didn't see him JUST to pound fruit. He even admitted that on his own shows. If he was poking fun of Obama the same way a Bill Maher does, that'd be fine... but his screeching teabagger mentality the last few years just paints him as cynical, bitter, and outright racist. His hippy mentality and thoughtful commentary are gone and replaced with nothing but mean-spirited angst.

He's funny like any other tea partier is, but I don't have to pay to watch them froth. I can watch that on the news for free.
 
2012-07-03 12:11:10 PM
all I ever see is those farking tires all over the place from trucks

We used to call them "interstate alligators". They're the outerlayer of recapped tires that peel off of the tire body when the truck is rolling along. (I almost had a recap take out my windshield on the highway one time.)

Trucking companies buy recaps because they're cheaper, but the downside is that they're not as strong as a new tire.
 
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