Thursday, September 30, 2010

R.I.P. Greg Giraldo And Thank You

Greg Giraldo 1965 - 2010

OK, I know I am a day late with this sad news.I needed some time because Greg was one of my favorite comics ever and he died much too soon for any of us.

He was not your typical comic. A Harvard man who fought his way there from Queens to Columbia University then Harvard to become a lawyer. The son of immigrant parents from Columbia, he quickly decided to become a comedian and stood out fast.

The running joke was that he was the best comic you would never see. At televised roasts, fellow comics praised him and then zinged him saying that moment was the extent of his fame.

He had his hands in a few pies besides stand-up. Paste the bottom link in your browser on a song called Underwear Goes Inside The Pants

Though he did a few pilots, he was too smart for TV. His IQ was off the charts, but fellow comics talk about his kindness and personality first and foremost.

A month away from his 45th birthday, he will live long in the hearts of those who knew him and got to see one of his sets.

To pull a CookCina and rip from his friend, comic Jim Norton, I can only say, " Richard Pryor, George Carlin, John Belushi, Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks, Richard Jeni, Robert Schimmel, Bernie Mac, and Greg Giraldo are all dead and we are stuck with fucking Dane Cook! Life Sucks!"

Thanks for making mine happier Greg

Want to smile? Buy a CD of his :
Lazyboy TV (2004) Asylum Records
Good Day to Cross a River (2006) Comedy Central Records
Midlife Vices (2009) Comedy Central Records

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