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Gallagher Brings the “Sledge-O-Matic” to The Stage
The Pueblo of Santa Ana, N.M. – March 6, 2018

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, New Mexico's Best Bet, welcomes iconic prop comedian Gallagher to The Stage. He will perform two shows on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, beginning at 7 p.m.

Although he holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida, Leo Gallagher is a bona fide entertainer who found his true calling in show business. He began developing his comedy routine in 1969 after serving as a road manager for comedian and musician Jim Stafford. Combining silly physical comedy with creative wordplay, Gallagher quickly established his unique brand of humor and became a regular performer at comedy hot spots including The Comedy Store and the Ice House. He became a household name with the introduction of his signature sketch—the "Sledge-O-Matic." Spoofing Ronco's ultra-popular Veg-O-Matic infomericals, Gallagher pitches the "Sledge-O-Matic"—a large, wooden mallet—and demonstrates its uses by smashing assorted fruits, vegetables and, most famously, watermelons. Throughout his career, Gallagher has filmed more than a dozen Showtime specials, which are replayed often on Comedy Central. He is also a poet and inventor who holds a U.S. patent for the "Bird on a Wire" slot machine.

Tickets to Gallagher's performances at The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel range between $20 and $35 and can be purchased online at Attendees must be 21 years old or older. For more information, please call (505) 771-5680.

About Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, located off Highway 550 at the Jemez Dam Road, is just minutes north of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. It was the first Indian casino to operate in New Mexico, opening its doors in 1993. Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel is “New Mexico’s Best Bet!” The Star offers a Vegas-style casino experience with an infusion of New Mexican charm. Reflecting the cultural authenticity and timelessness of the great southwest, it is an easily accessible regional destination for entertainment, excitement and good, old-fashioned value.

For more information contact: Paula Cronic at (505) 681-2949 or

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