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Stand-Up Thursdays: Greg Giraldo

I started writing this week's post about comedians Tom Green and Laurie Kilmartin (who are appearing this weekend at Cobb's Comedy Club and Punchline respectively). That was until the comedy world was struck a savage blow by the death of one of their own: Greg Giraldo.

Giraldo (December 10, 1965 – September 29, 2010) died in a New Brunswick, NJ, hospital a few days after a prescription drug overdose. Many people know Bronx-born, Queens-raised Greg Giraldo from the recent Comedy Central Roasts of such stars like David Hasselhoff, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, & William Shatner. He was one of the great insult comics, bringing up your recent divorce and insulting your ethnic background, but still making you laugh. Greg also was a regular on shows like Tough Crowd with Colin Quin, Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, and NBC's Last Comic Standing . Greg was in his element in a dimly lit comedy club, dealing with a heckler just as much as when he took the stage for any of his several Comedy Centeral stand-up specials. His stand-up was timeless and topical, polished but gritty, vulgar yet smart (and I don't mean dick jokes said in an English accent). Kate Ward described Giraldo's style on Entertainment Weekly's website with better words than I am capable of:
"However unprofessional and un-PC the comedian’s rants might have been (let’s just say he’s managed to work Anne Frank into an insult or two), the comedian was the figure of professionalism. He was committed to his craft, methodically delivering punchlines while continually staying relevant in the ever-changing culture of comedy, never once sacrificing his trademark acerbic style. (Of course, that’s exactly the kind of dedication you’d expect from a former lawyer and Harvard Law graduate.) Sometimes, while watching him on-stage, it seemed as though he didn’t even have to try to be hilarious."

In closing, I'd like to leave you with a few of my favorite Giraldo routines. Greg Giraldo, you will be missed.



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