Weekend Humor: Remembering Greg Giraldo

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.


7 Responses to Weekend Humor: Remembering Greg Giraldo

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Giraldo wasn’t one of my favorites, but I will respect him and say that he was a very, very funny guy. Great way to send off a tribute, showing one of his finest minutes.

  2. Phil says:

    Great post, Peter. Greg was one of my favorites too. A little blue in his humor but always very sharp, honest and controversal… gone way, way too soon.

    The Comedy Central roasts will never be the same without him. Thanks for honoring him here.

    • Thank you, sir! He desreved to be much more popular — I thought he had a very smart brand of humor. I agree — the roasts are certainly not going to be as good at all — and Comedy Central will do something to honor him, I would hope.

  3. MAGGIE SIMI says:


  4. Jules DelGado says:

    What was that you said about wasted talent? Columbia and Harvard, yet he took the dirt nap this week…

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