Very sad to hear about the passing of comedian Greg Giraldo, who died Wednesday after what reportedly was an accidental overdose of prescription drugs over the weekend. He was a father of three and had a history of substance abuse problems, but had talked about being sober in recent years.
Giraldo, 44, was probably best known as a judge on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” He also made many notable appearances over the years on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s shows, Colin Quinn’s “Tough Crowd” on Comedy Central and a host of Comedy Central roasts, including the recent one to David Hasselhoff.
Giraldo was an amazing comedian, witty, dark and profane, a graduate of Harvard law school who quit being an attorney to follow his heart and perform onstage. He also had the greatest 3-day beard growth since Sonny Crockett. I think I first heard Giraldo back in the mid-’90s on Alex Bennett’s morning show on Live 105, and I saw his standup act in San Francisco years ago. The guy was hysterical. He’ll be missed by anyone who loves to laugh.
Here’s a sampling of Giraldo’s standup comedy (warning, language NSFW):
Here he is at the Hasselhoff roast (warning, language NSFW):
To check out a fascinating 10-year-old Esquire story about his decision to leave his legal career behind, click here.
For Comedy Central’s tribute, click here.
And click here for the NY Times obituary.