Remembering Greg Giraldo

Cringe Humor mourns the loss of one of it's originals

This is something I have always dreaded, writing about the tragic death of a comedian in their prime that’s part of the Cringe Humor family. Today it became a reality, as the great Greg Giraldo succumbed to an overdose and passed away at the age of 44.

I, like many other people, became a fan of his after watching him kill it on Tough Crowd on a regular basis. I was never a fan of rant style comedians, but Greg always transcended that genre. Greg could rant with the best of them but also made it hilarious. He toed the line of politics and brilliantly deconstructed society as a whole. He never came off as pretentious and preachy, but rather displayed great intelligence and amazing wit. He was a comedian of the people, someone that everyone in the audience could relate to.

I have such fond & bittersweet memories of dealing with Greg over the past 7 or 8 some odd years. He never appeared on a Cringe Humor Show, but always loved & supported what we did. Right after Tough Crowd was canceled he tried bringing back his own version of the show. Of course I was there sitting front row, and Greg immediately picked up on it and sarcastically addressed how Cringe Humor is judging him and how much more pressure he has now to make it work. Another example of his legendary wit.

Greg & I after the final episode of Tough Crowd I will never forget him canceling out on me for my last show at the Laugh Factory in Times Square. He profusely apologized for not making it and sounded genuinely beat up about it. This was before I knew of his problems with substance abuse, as it truly impacted his life and family throughout the years. The amazing thing with Greg though was that no matter how fucked up he was off stage, he was razor sharp and quicker than a hiccup on stage. You could NEVER tell he was dealing with such demons when he had the mic in his hand.

He carved his niche in the business by becoming a brilliant roaster. The first time I saw him on a dais was for the Patrice O’Neal roast a good 7 years ago. He then followed that up with another amazing roast performance for Jim Norton about a year later. Then Comedy Central came around and made him a superstar of the genre. Seeing him slay celebrities like Pam Anderson, Bob Saget, David Hasselhoff, Larry The Cable Guy, Chevy Chase, and more made him icon. He ALWAYS killed it and was beautifully brutal each performance.

- Click here for audio of Greg’s performance at the Patrice O’Neal Roast

- Click here for audio of Greg’s performance at the Jim Norton Roast

The last time I spoke with Greg was about month ago to the day. I confirmed him to be on the dais for the upcoming Cringe Humor Roast of Jim Florentine. When asked if he would like to come down, his reply was “Me love Jim. See you there-g.” Sadly we were robbed of seeing another epic performance by Greg…

R.I.P. Mr. Giraldo. You will be sorely missed and your legacy will live on for many, many years. Thanks for being a pioneer in the Cringe Humor scene. You managed to impact so many people in such a wonderful fashion. God bless you and your family.

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A very fitting tribute

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/29  at  05:57 PM

Last time I saw Greg he visited Chicago.  I took my parents to meet him and he was wonderfully crass, but yet had that Greg charm about him that made my mother smile.  We even talked about drugs/alcohol a bit and he seemed fine.  I was trying to book him in Asia with me this winter, too sad - many audiences will miss out on him.  It will be a long time before I’ll be able to watch any GG material.  Thxs for the tribute in words Patrick.

Posted by Anand Bhatt  on  09/29  at  06:29 PM

nicely said Pat it’s a very sad loss!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/29  at  09:33 PM

this guy was one of my influences to do stand up, I am truly saddened by his death and as a father, it hurts even more.

The beauty is that the digital age will allow him and his body of work to live on…...



Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/30  at  04:38 PM

Nice piece, Pat. It pains to know that I’ll never get a chance to meet Greg in person. Similar to Brian, Greg was a great inspiration. It’s odd to feel an emptiness for a guy I didn’t know personally, but since he entered into so many people’s homes by being on Tough Crowd and doing excellent jobs on the Comedy Central Roasts; it feels like a big part is missing. I sound like such a pussy now. I wonder how the meeting with Heath Ledger and Brittany Murphy went. Too soon?

Thanks for the laughs Greg.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/02  at  03:18 AM

Some of these comments people are saying here on this issue really seem to make me look at this in a whole new way. I do enjoy the responses though.

Posted by timmy  on  10/24  at  10:10 PM

I still can’t accept this. He was too good a comic. I will be forever mourning.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/27  at  02:38 AM
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