I am an avid fan of stand-up comedy and have been for the past ten years. I don’t know what draws me into it, but I admire anyone who can get up on stage, grab a mic, and attempt to make people laugh. Many people try, most of them fail. However, a few go on to be great.
One of my favorite comics, Greg Giraldo, passed away yesterday from an overdose. The news surprised me, however the cause behind it did not. Edgy, hostile and witty, he was one of the few comics that possessed the ability to take a room full of strangers, brutally offend them, and still have them laughing hysterically by the end of his set. Some of his credits include numerous appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, and of course the Comedy Central Roasts. I’m not going to do a full bio on the guy because if you care enough you can Google him and read up for yourself.
On my list of comics that I’ve wanted to see perform the most, Greg Giraldo was at the top. I remember he came to Atlanta not long ago and I was unable to go to the show. It didn’t bother me too much because I had the “I’ll catch him next time” mentality. The same thing happened with Mitch Hedberg before he died. This is why you don’t procrastinate.
To me, the coolest thing about him was that he was a lawyer before quitting to become a stand-up comic. I’m not sure of the accuracy of this tid bit, but Wikipedia has him only being an active comic since 1999, which by industry standards is impressive that he achieved so much in so little time.
In summary, if you respect and appreciate something/someone…do yourself a favor and go see it in person. You’ll regret it if you don’t. Just a suggestion, but a fitting tribute to Greg Giraldo would be a Comedy Central roast in his honor…just saying.
You can check out some of his work by clicking the link below:
Greg Giraldo’s Videos on ComedyCentral.com
Here are a couple worthwhile videos from YouTube:
Just For Laughs
Jimmy Kimmel Live
If you have anything to add, or any corrections…leave a comment. Thank ya.