Greg Giraldo

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Greg Giraldo
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Giraldo at his final performance, September 24, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Birth name Gregory J. Giraldo
Born (1965-12-11)December 11, 1965
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died September 29, 2010(2010-09-29) (aged 44)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality American
Years active 1992–2010
Genres Observational comedy, black comedy, surreal humor, roast comedian
Subject(s) Current events, everyday life, self-deprecation, marriage, parenting, pop culture
Spouse ? (1989–1991)
Maryann Giraldo (1999–2009; divorced) 3 children
Notable works and roles Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
Stand-Up Nation
Comedy Central Roasts
Lewis Black's Root of All Evil

Gregory J. "Greg" Giraldo (December 11, 1965 – September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central's televised roast specials, and for his work on that network's television shows Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, and the programming block Stand-Up Nation, the last of which he hosted.

Early life[edit]

Giraldo was born in The Bronx and was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens.[1] His father, Alfonso, was from Colombia and worked for Pan Am, and his mother, Dolores, was from Spain. Giraldo was the oldest of three children (brother John and sister Elizabeth) and was raised Roman Catholic.[2] Giraldo spoke fluent Spanish and also knew how to play the guitar, having played in a band while he was in his late teens/early twenties.[3][4]

Giraldo was an excellent student and was accepted into the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan. After graduating from Regis in 1983,[5] he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University in 1987[6] and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1990.[7] While at Columbia, he was an active member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Giraldo was admitted to Harvard Law School after he achieved a near perfect score on his LSAT (Law School Admission Test), scoring in the 99th percentile of students taking the test.[8]

Before becoming a comedian, Giraldo worked as a lawyer, spending eight months as an associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom before changing his occupation.[9]

One of the cases that Giraldo handled was an inciting a riot charge, which was brought against his friend and fellow comedian, Jeffrey Ross, in 1993. Ross was performing at a comedy club on Long Island, when a member of the audience produced a toy gun, which looked very similar to a real gun. Ross then grabbed the gun and started fighting with the audience member, and ended up getting arrested.

Said Ross of the incident: "I had to go to court and Greg volunteered to be my attorney as a favor. I remember we slept in his parents' basement in Queens. We drove to court in a Jeep and had dirty blue sport jackets on. It took him two tries, but he got the case dismissed."

Giraldo stated that at the time of the case, he had never done anything in a courtroom before, and nearly ended up sending Ross to jail, when the case was upgraded to a weapons charge and he had nearly told Ross to plead guilty. "The judge called us over...and I had to plead, 'I have no idea what I'm doing here.' We ended up having to get a real lawyer and come back a month later," said Giraldo.[10]

Giraldo said of his decision to leave the legal profession: "My family was disappointed. But I always wanted to do something creative. I've always had real trouble knowing what my actual desires and goals are. I've just been dragged along by fate. I can't even tell you why I thought to go to law school."[11]

He also stated: "Because I went to Harvard Law School it seemed like I had my shit together, but I did only because it’s not hard. Everyone is so self motivated that they leave you alone. You get study outlines and just cram, but then when you get out into the real world, it gets tricky. Most comedians are people who couldn’t really work in the real world, they’re too disorganized, too lazy, too fucked up, too erratic, too unstable. If you could work in the real world you would have stayed there because it is so many years of misery in comedy before you really start popping."[12]

In August 2000, Giraldo was featured in an Esquire magazine article, which profiled several members of the Harvard Law School Class of 1990, who ended up choosing different career paths other than the legal profession.[13][14] Despite his prior career, Giraldo rejected that persona and very rarely discussed his days as a lawyer.

Career[edit]

Giraldo started doing stand-up comedy in 1992.[15] When asked who his comedic influences were, Giraldo stated: "For me, I wasn't really influenced by the good people. I was influenced by the (crappy) people. I would watch 'Evening at the Improv' and those kind of shows, and I'd think, 'Man, those guys blow so bad. I can do that.' And I went from there."[16]

Giraldo performed regularly at the Comedy Cellar comedy club in Manhattan, as well as clubs all over the U.S. Additionally, he was the star of the short-lived sitcom Common Law.[17] Giraldo landed the sitcom after being spotted by Hollywood agents at the 1995 Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.[18] From 2002-2004, he was a regular panelist on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.[19] Giraldo also starred in several pilots, including Drive for CBS and The Greg Giraldo Show, Adult Content and Gone Hollywood for Comedy Central.[20] In 2004, he was featured in the spoken-word Lazyboy song, "Underwear Goes Inside the Pants".

Giraldo performed more than a dozen times on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and appeared regularly on The Howard Stern Show. He also appeared as a member of the panel in the NBC show The Marriage Ref.[21]

Giraldo acted in two Adam Dubin features: 2002's comedic short, American Dummy, in which he played a psychiatrist, and 2008's animated film, What Blows Up Must Come Down!, in which he did the voice of Jihad Jo.[22] He also did the voice of President Theodore Roosevelt in the audiobook version of Sarah Vowell's 2005 book Assassination Vacation.[23]

He appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Politically Incorrect, The View, Fox News Channel's The Full Nelson and Beyond the News, Louie Anderson's Comedy Showcase, Comedy Central's Comic Cabana, Showtime's Latino Comedy Festival and Funny is Funny, as well as on the BBC's Live at Jongleurs.[24][25] Giraldo also performed at the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of a USO tour in 2002.[26]

He had two half-hour specials on Comedy Central Presents, wrote segments for Last Call with Carson Daly, and was a panelist on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time special. In 2004, his stand-up material was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. He appeared in both English and Spanish-language commercials for "1-800-OK-Cable".[27] Giraldo also appeared on the IFC show, Z Rock, playing an angry record producer.[28]

Giraldo said on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on July 7, 2005, that he had quit drinking alcohol. His series Friday Night Stand-Up with Greg Giraldo began on Comedy Central in late 2005 and ran until 2006. His CD Good Day to Cross a River was released in 2006 by Comedy Central Records. Greg was featured (along with Dane Cook and Sean Rouse), in Dave Attell's Insomniac Tour, released April 2006. This 98 minute film is thought by many of his fans to be one of his best performances; showing him on stage at work and also behind the scenes, with a glimpse of life on the road as a comedian.

Giraldo appeared in Comedy Central's annual roasts,[21] roasting Chevy Chase, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, Joan Rivers, Larry the Cable Guy, and David Hasselhoff, as well as the TBS roast of Cheech & Chong.

Giraldo was a regular on Comedy Central's television series Lewis Black's Root of All Evil and was one of the advocates lobbying for his side to be considered the "root of all evil". He won Black's decision in only two of his nine appearances, but won the audience poll six times. Giraldo served as a judge during season seven of the NBC reality competition show Last Comic Standing.[21]

In 2008, Giraldo appeared in venues across the United States as the headlining act of the Indecision '08 Tour, produced by Comedy Central. Midlife Vices, his only one-hour special for Comedy Central, was released in 2009. In June 2010, Giraldo performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee.[29] That same month, he hosted The Nasty Show in Chicago, and in July, The Nasty Show in Montreal.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Giraldo was married twice. His first marriage was at the age of 23, and lasted for two years.[2][31] He married his second wife, Maryann, a former Caroline's comedy club waitress, on January 23, 1999, and had three sons. Giraldo had the tattoo "Maryann 1-23-99" on his right bicep.[32] Giraldo and Maryann separated in 2008, and were divorced at the time of Giraldo's death.

Giraldo also had a tribal design tattoo on his left forearm, which contained the numbers "525." He was reluctant to discuss its meaning, but Jim Norton of Opie and Anthony later said that it represented his sobriety struggle; May 25 was the day he initially sobered up.[33] Giraldo had been to rehab several times, and stated that he had once been so intoxicated that he punched something and broke four bones in his hand while performing at Gotham Comedy Club.[34]

Giraldo was candid about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, and the challenges of life on the road. In 2005, he said, "I would go on the road and live like a fucking maniac, that’s just the way it was. And then eventually it starts bleeding into your regular life. At first, it starts out on the road and it’s no big deal. So you keep denying that you’re about to destroy your children’s lives because it’s happening in Phoenix as opposed to home. Slowly but surely though, it starts impacting everything and then you have decisions to make. There’s part of me that wants to be an uninhibited, unrestrained lunatic doing whatever I want. Frankly, that was a lot of the fun of it at the beginning. You hear people make grand artistic statements about why they love stand-up. But really, you’re choosing to tell dick jokes in a nightclub for a living. So if you go on the road and get fucked up all the time, you have to take everything that comes with that. You can’t have it both ways. You have to be a reasonable adult or a maniacal party road machine.”[35]

Death[edit]

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Giraldo overdosed on prescription medication.[36] Earlier that afternoon, he had been scheduled to appear at a concert at the 3rd Annual New York Recovery Rally, which was being held in New York City "to celebrate the reality of recovery from addiction and offer hope to those who have yet to find recovery."[37] The concert was held between noon and 3 p.m., but Giraldo never showed up. After he failed to appear for a scheduled performance at the Stress Factory that evening, police officers found him in his hotel room at the Hyatt Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and notified EMTs who took him to nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.[38] He died on September 29, 2010 at the age of 44.[38][39][40]

Tributes[edit]

On September 29, 2010 on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jon Stewart honored Giraldo by playing a clip of his stand-up, in a one-time segment deemed "Moment of Greg."[41] Blues Traveler lead singer John Popper, who had worked with Giraldo on the TV show Z Rock, dedicated the song "The Mountains Win Again" to him, during the band's concert the evening of September 29.[42] On September 30, 2010, multiple comedians and celebrities expressed their sorrow for Giraldo's death on Twitter,[43] and Comedy Central posted a series of clips from Greg Giraldo past works titled "The Best of Greg Giraldo" on their website.[44]

On October 9, 2010, Comedy Central aired a special titled Comics Anonymous, which had been filmed prior to Giraldo's death and featured several comedians who had been sober for 10 years or more. The show's executive producer, comedian Mike DeStefano, dedicated the special to Giraldo.[45] On October 12, 2010, on the series premiere of Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, Swardson dedicated the episode to Giraldo.[46]

On November 2, 2010, Comix comedy club in New York hosted the Jim Florentine roast, which Giraldo had originally been scheduled to perform at. Throughout the show, many of the comedians on the dais paid tribute to Giraldo, in roast-style fashion. Host Rich Vos joked: “I wasn’t the first choice to host. Greg Giraldo was asked, but he said he’d rather be dead than host this.”[47]

On February 9, 2011, a benefit titled "The Big Time Comedy Show" was held at NYC's Beacon Theatre, for Giraldo's sons and for a fund started in his memory, designed, in Maryann Giraldo's words: "to help children living within families of addiction...to be educated, encouraged and empowered, and given the tools they need to make different choices in their lives." The lineup included sets by Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Jim Norton, Ted Alexandro, Nick DiPaolo, Jesse Joyce, and Eddie Brill, and the event was hosted by Tom Papa.[48] Another benefit show was held in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater on June 29, 2011 and featured sets by Jeffrey Ross, Daniel Tosh, Marc Maron, Ralphie May, Brian Posehn, Bill Burr, Dave Attell, Tom Papa and was hosted by Jesse Joyce.[49]

The Columbia University Alumni Association staged two benefit shows on March 28, 2011 at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. The comedians who performed sets were: Todd Barry, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, Joe Mande, Morgan Murphy, Godfrey, Rachel Feinstein, Michael Ian Black, and Robert Kelly, and the shows were hosted by Gabe Liedman and Stress Factory owner, Vinnie Brand.[50]

Seth MacFarlane, Anthony Jeselnik, and Jeffrey Ross paid tribute to Giraldo during the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in March 2011, and the roast was dedicated to him.

On March 18, 2011, Comedy Central aired Give It Up for Greg Giraldo, a two-hour television special honoring his memory in which multiple comedians, including Jon Stewart, Nick Swardson, Colin Quinn, Jeffrey Ross, Denis Leary, Sarah Silverman, Dave Attell, Tom Papa, Lewis Black, Bill Burr, Daniel Tosh, Chelsea Peretti, Conan O'Brien, Jesse Joyce and Whitney Cummings, talked about his life and career. It also contained short clips of his roasts and other acts.[51] Coincidentally, Mike DeStefano, who was featured in the special and whose Comics Anonymous special had aired 11 days after Giraldo's death, died 12 days before Give It Up For Greg Giraldo aired, also at the age of 44.[52]

In Greg Fitzsimmons' 2010 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox, Giraldo is one of several comedians to whom the book is dedicated.[53] The 2012 book, Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, The Other, was also dedicated to Giraldo.[54]

Social worker Joe Schrank, a friend of Giraldo's, has a tattoo that says "Best Wishes, God" which was what Giraldo would often write in hotel room Bibles.[55][56]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
1996 Common Law John Alvarez 10 episodes produced (only 4 aired)
1997 Live At Jongleurs Himself Stand-up
1997 Later Himself Guest host
2000–2004 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up (2 appearances)
2000–2008 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself Stand-up (5 appearances)
2001 Late Friday Himself
2002–2004 The View Himself (2 appearances)
2002–2004 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself Stand-up/Writer
2002 Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase Himself Roaster
2002 The Greg Giraldo Show Greg NBC pilot
2002 The Colin Quinn Show Himself/Various
2002–2004 Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn Himself/Various Writer
2004 Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time Himself Panelist
2004 Shorties Watchin' Shorties Himself Stand-up (2 episodes)
2004 Last Laugh '04 Himself
2004–2005 Late Show with David Letterman Himself Stand-up (4 appearances)
2005 The Greg Giraldo Show Himself/Host Writer & executive producer - Comedy Central pilot
2005 Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy Himself Roaster
2005 Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson Himself Roaster
2005 Gone Hollywood Himself/Host Writer & co-executive producer (Unaired pilot later became The Showbiz Show with David Spade)
2005–2007 Friday Night Stand-Up with Greg Giraldo Himself/Host/Various Writer - In 2006, the title was changed to Stand-Up Nation with Greg Giraldo.
2005–2010 Just For Laughs Himself Stand-up, writer (3 appearances)
2005 Dave Attell's Insomniac Tour Himself Stand-up
2005 Last Laugh '05 Himself
2006 Tattoo Fixation Himself A&E special
2006 Howard Stern On Demand Himself
2006 Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner Himself Roaster
2006 Drive/II Pilot
2006 Last Laugh '06 Himself
2007 Adult Content with Greg Giraldo Himself Writer - Comedy Central pilot
2007 Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav Himself Roaster
2008 Caiga Quien Caiga (CQC) Himself U.S. pilot of Argentine show
2008 Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Himself Roaster
2008 The Gong Show with Dave Attell Himself Judge
2008 Lewis Black's Root of All Evil Himself
2008 Cheech & Chong: Roasted Himself Roaster
2008 Z Rock Harry Braunstein IFC show; appeared in 3 episodes
2009 Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy Himself Roaster
2009 Martin Short: Let Freedom Hum Himself TBS special
2009 Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Himself Roaster
2009 Burned: The Roasts' Most Outrageous Moments Himself/Host
2009 Midlife Vices Himself Stand-up
2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Stand-up
2010 The Marriage Ref Himself
2010 Last Comic Standing Himself Judge
2010 Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff Himself Roaster
2011 Give It Up For Greg Giraldo Himself Archive footage

Film[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
Unknown Choices Mike Directed by Steve Klein
1999 Game Day Zippy
2000 Eventual Wife Jim Short film
2002 American Dummy Dr. Mabuse Short film
2002 Comedian Himself
2006 Dave Atell's Insomniac Tour Greg, stand-up on the road 98 min film with Dane Cook & Sean Rouse
2008 What Blows Up Must Come Down! Jihad Joe Short film
2010 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Himself
2010 I Am Comic Himself

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

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