Gallagher is the undisputed king of prop comedy, which--depending on how you look at it--is either a compliment or the ultimate put-down.
Many comedy purists say props are the lazy comic's way to a cheap laugh. Gallagher doesn't do interviews, so the only thing speaking in his defense is success: One of the top-drawing comics around, Gallagher stars in his own TV specials and commonly sells out big halls in multinight runs.
The long-haired comic's loud and loyal Orange County following has a chance to see him in a smaller-than-usual setting as he comes to San Juan Capistrano to play the Coach House, where he opens a five-night run Monday, Sept. 24.
Props aren't the only thing on the bill in his long shows (he topped 2 1/2 hours in a series of 1988 performances at Anaheim's Celebrity Theatre). He'll delve into topical issues, try his hand at whimsical wordplay and banter with the crowd. But it's the props that steal the show.