Greg Giraldo – RIP, you funny bastard

If you followed the news, Greg Giraldo overdosed last weekend, and has been in a New Jersey hospital since then. Earlier today, a tweet from Jim Norton informed us that Greg has died. Not a joke, not another black humour stab, this one was sadly for real. It immediately got confirmed, and the condolences have been pouring in. Who is Greg Giraldo? He’s a comedian you wish you saw live, on stage.He’s first got ‘visibility’ on Colin Quinn’s Tough Crowd, on Comedy Central about 8-9 years ago. He made frequent appearances on Howard Stern show, Opie and Anthony, a judge on Last Comic Standing, a regular visitor to Comedy Cellar and Carolines comedy clubs in NYC. Greg is most known for his Comedy Central roasts: from Pam Anderson to Colin Quinn, to David Hasselhoff and that redneck guy. Greg has been in pretty much all of the roasts televised by CC over the past decade. He had the ability to strike you with the sharpest, shortest line, but his eyes always had that kind spark about them – it’s all in good fun. You couldn’t call him an angry comic, or a vicious comic, even though he had the material and speed to spar with the best of them. He could always step back and slow down into an emotional, softer humour.

We’llĀ  miss Greg greatly. Rest in peace you funny motherfucker.


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