Saturday, October 2, 2010

RIP Greg Giraldo (1965 - 2010)

Comedian Greg Giraldo passed away this week after an overdose of prescription drugs. He was 44.

I first came across Giraldo with his many appearances on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, in which he was almost always the funniest of the many comedians who appeared there. Like a surprisingly high number of comedians, he started out pursuing a career in law. Giraldo was born in the Bronx to a Colombian-born father and a Spanish-born mother. His Hispanic background, or lack of it, is explored hilariously in the below clip.
Greg Giraldo - Not That Hispanic
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One of Giraldo's areas of expertise was roasting other comics on Comedy Central's roast specials. Below is his appearance at the roast of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. (You need to wait about 2 minutes in before Giraldo comes on, although the first 2 minutes ain't bad.)

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