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December 19, 2013

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A&E | COMEDY Invite you a nd a guest to a speci al adva nce scr eening of > THIS CLOSE Gallagher's about to hang up up his famous Sledge-O-Matic. THE LAST SMASH 11 reasons to catch Gallagher's final-ever Vegas shows Only six dates remain on Gallagher's Last Smash Farewell Tour. At age 67, following 14 Showtime specials (and four heart attacks), the four-decade prop veteran is retiring. Since his casino show focuses on traditional stand-up, there's no reason to fear smashed-watermelon shrapnel (though the SledgeO-Matic mallet does make a cameo appearance). He's interactive. At the top of his set, Gallagher emerges from a side door to walk and chat among the audience, setting the scene for an up-close-and-personal experience few other Vegas performers can provide. PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL HUGHES He's philosophical about the redemptive potential of his profession. "It's okay to laugh! But when do you laugh, when it's appropriate? No. You laugh when the old lady falls down at church. The more you ain't supposed to laugh, the funnier it is." He offers a terrific photo op, announcing, "All right, it's time to do my prop joke. Get out your smart camera!" Then he dons a yellow construction helmet topped with miniature metallic scaffolding, out of which a pink dildo arises. "When you die, your life flashes before your eyes. I'll be there, wearing this dick hat." GALLAGHER Through December 30, 7 p.m., $50-$60. Laugh Factory, Tropicana, 739-2411. He's pugnacious. "This is a very smart show," he boasts. "If you want a dumb show, Carrot Top's across the street." He's surprisingly Carlin-esque in other ways, dissecting the French language, observing how America loves metaphoric shades of gray and unspooling a spate of idioms preventing different cultures from communicating effectively. He's remarkably confessional. ("If you ever see me on TV, I was stoned!") 55_Comedy_20131219.indd 55 He's political. "One comic lost his job for wearing an Obama mask. We don't have freedom of mask? Freedom of speech doesn't extend to the mask?" Perhaps because it's his final go-round, he brings back some of his classic one-liners: "What makes Teflon stick to the pan? If your knees bent the other way, what would a chair look like? Shouldn't a hung jury be all men?" Not to get too graphic about it, but thanks to Gallagher's closer, you'll never look at a jar of Creamy Jif peanut butter the same way again. –Julie Seabaugh LOG ONTO WWW.GOFOBO.COM/RSVP AND INPUT THE FOLLOWING CODE: LVWMQD9 FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PAIR OF PASSES FOR THE SCREENING. Only winners will be notified by gofobo. Screening will be held on Thursday, January 9th at 7 pm. THE LEGEND OF HERCULES is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality. PLEASE NOTE: Passes received through this promotion do not guarantee you a seat at the theater. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, except for members of the reviewing press. Theater is overbooked to ensure a full house. No admittance once screening has begun. All federal, state and local regulations apply. A recipient of tickets assumes any and all risks related to use of ticket, and accepts any restrictions required by ticket provider. Summit Entertainment, Las Vegas Weekly and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize. Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. We are not responsible if, for any reason, recipient is unable to use his/her ticket in whole or in part. All federal and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Participating sponsors, their employees and family members and their agencies are not eligible. NO PHONE CALLS! IN THEATRES FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH | LAS VEGAS WEEKLY THURS: 12/26/13 4.67" x 12.5" | #Hercules3D ss 12/18/13 11:32 AM

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