Todd Gallagher

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Todd Gallagher
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Born Todd John Gallagher
Occupation director, author, producer

Todd Gallagher is an American director, author, comedian, and philanthropist.[1] He is best known for his comedic commentary and elaborate social experiments. He has worked with ESPN and is known for his book "Andy Roddick Beat Me With a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes and Olympic Legends to Answer Sports' Fans Burning Questions".

Early life[edit]

Gallagher was raised in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. At the age of 14 he won the grand prize twice on the ESPN quiz show Dream League.


Early career[edit]

At age 21 he became the youngest coach and Director of Player Personnel in the history of pro basketball for the United States Basketball League's New Hampshire Thunder Loons.[2] His basketball experience led to a series of writing assignments in Australia. He then returned to the United States where he wrote for ESPN, conducting interviews with people throughout the sports and entertainment world, including Ice Cube, Ludacris, and Frankie Muniz.[3][4][5][6][7][8] As a television writer and producer he has sold, developed, and run various shows including an MTV special about the movie "Dodgeball" with stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.[9] Other TV credits as a producer include creating "Shaq vs." [10]

Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan[edit]

Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes and Olympic Legends to Answer Sports Fans' Burning Questions (Random House, 2007),[11] Gallagher's first book humorously answers some outlandish questions about sports, such as "Could a morbidly obese goalie shut out an NHL team?" (Chapter 1). A number of professional athletes including Andy Roddick,[12] Maurice Greene,[13] and the NHL's Washington Capitals,[14] participated in live events for the project. The book has been described as "a weird amalgam of serious inside-the-ropes research germane to the games and of ludicrous just-outside-the-asylum performance art."[15] Praise has come from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times,[16] and Washington Post,[17][18][19] and the book has been excerpted by several publications. Commercially, the book has sold well, reaching number one amongst all sports books on

Playground Challenge[edit]

His "Phelps Challenge,"[20] where he challenged Michael Phelps on ESPN radio to a $50,000 bet that he could beat him in any event outside of the pool, was turned into the "Playground Challenge" by ESPN. In it, he takes on pro and Olympic athletes in playground events.

Todd vs. High School[edit]

In 2009 Gallagher enrolled in a Pittsburgh high school as a student as a part of an Ivy league social experiment. He took classes and trained with the school's soccer team. According to an "Inside Edition" feature, he intended to turn the experience into a book.[21] A film about his experience, entitled "Todd vs. High School" is being directed by Gallagher, is slated for release in 2013, and features Taylor Swift.[22]


  1. ^ "A Former NBA Player Goes One on One With NBA 2K14". Wall Street Journal. 
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  3. ^ Interview with Ice Cube
  4. ^ Interview with Ludacris
  5. ^ "Interview with Moochie Norris". ESPN. April 18, 2002. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Interview with Shanna Moakler
  7. ^ "Interview with Frankie Muniz". ESPN. November 28, 2001. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Bill Bellamy". ESPN. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ See IMDB link.
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  11. ^ Dohrmann, George. "Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes and Olympic Legends to Answer Sports Fans' Burning Questions". Todd Gallagher: Books. ISBN 978-0-307-35280-4. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  12. ^ ""Andy Roddick could beat an average player with a frying pan" – Chapter Excerpt". ESPN. October 23, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Maurice Greene Featured in New Book by Todd Gallagher". The Final Sprint article
  14. ^ Hughes, Robert J. (October 5, 2007). "From Mr. Magoo to Baghdad". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ Clarey, Christopher (October 19, 2007). "Book poses the sports questions that arise after a few cocktails; If Roddick were using only a frying pan, could you beat him?". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Answers in form of questions" Los Angeles Times October 16, 2007[dead link]
  17. ^ "Gene Voted Sexiest Man Alive: We'd tell you the truth, but you can't handle the truth". Washington Post. October 14, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chatological Humor aka Tuesdays with Moron". Washington Post. October 2, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Oh, Shoot: A free-throw contest gives Gene that sinking feeling". Washington Post. March 4, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Appearance on ESPN Radio". ESPN. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
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