Weekend Humor: Remembering Greg Giraldo
October 2, 2010 7 Comments
The very funny and very talented stand-up comedian Greg Giraldo died this past week in New Brunswick, NJ of an overdose of prescription medication. He was 44 years old. If any of you have ever watched those Comedy Central Roasts, then you surely know Mr. Giraldo’s work. Personally, I thought he was one of the few reasons to even watch these shows. He was certainly one of my favorite stand-ups to watch — quick, witty, and socially conscious with a “street” kind of style for good measure. I remember seeing him live at the Comedy Cellar in NYC a couple of times and considered it an absolute treat. And don’t let the “jokester” status fool you — Mr. Giraldo earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Yes, you read correctly — Columbia and Harvard.
Giraldo was a regular on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil. The New York Times lauded him, calling him “a talented comedian with a winning personality.” Mr. Giraldo and his talent will surely be missed by his many, many fans. I’d like to think that now he is up there preparing to roast Michael Jackson, Bea Arthur, Gary Coleman and Corey Haim.
In honor of his memory, here is a particularly funny excerpt of his work. Here, Giraldo discusses obesity in America, the “sanctity of marriage” and the concept of soul mates.