Sep 30, 2010

Some Thoughts On Greg Giraldo

Greg Giraldo 1965-2010

As most of you probably know, Greg Giraldo passed away yesterday. He was, far and away, one of the best comedians working today. Every time I saw him perform, whether on television or live, I was always surprised at how smart and incisive his comedy was. The dude knew how to have a take on a subject and then how to crack that thing for every morsel. I would actually go as far as to say he was the smartest comedian working today. He tackled subjects intelligently, which is hard to do. You'll often see comics take on subjects that require intelligence to master, only for them to end it with a dick joke. Giraldo managed to get to the core of most subjects in hilarious and meaningful way. And he seemed to lose nothing when doing a set on television. That's a very difficult thing to do.

"We have a whole religion based on a woman who reeeally stuck to her story"

I met Greg when I was living in New York and he was one of the kindest comedians I have ever met. And that's an amazing thing to say because the vast majority of us are annoying or angry fucks, stumbling through life causing problems or bothering everyone with our self obsessed nonsense. Greg seemed to have none of that when you spoke to him. He was just a nice guy. He would just slide into a table with you while waiting to do a set and hang out. When I knew him, he lacked the sweaty desperation that clings to most of us like skin. He was quite aware of what he was, why he was getting the attention he was at that time and still focused on being the best stand up he could be. I've since read he considered himself to be a bit lazy but you'd never know it by the volume of fantastic material he churned out.

I'm not sure why Greg's death has knocked me down the way it has. Could be because it makes me look at my own failures. Could be because seeing a guy who was doing stand up so right and working so hard pass away so young is completely fucked up. Could just be because he was one of the nicest stand up comedians I've met. I am a man obsessed with justice and things being right. This is just so wrong I can't wrap my head around it.

The more I think about how great he was and how much more he would have contributed to the world of stand up, the more my mind goes back to sitting with him at a table in the restaurant above The Comedy Cellar. I was a regular there for a couple of years, as was Greg, so we often found ourselves together waiting to hit the stage. I think the reason I drift back to those moments when I'm thinking about his great stand up ability is because, above all, he was just a great person. And that's rare in the comedy world. He was really a rare comedian both on and off stage.

Everyone should have known his work when he was alive and they should certainly know it now that he is gone. Go seek out his work and check it out. He was mostly known for his attacks on the Comedy Central Roasts but he was so much more. We've lost something special.

26 comments:

Pat said...

Thank you for writing this Dave. I'll Greg's family and friends in my thoughts.

k0k0pelli said...

what a beautiful and truthful tribute. let it bring some peace to your heart. and don't forget to laugh. and most of all, thanks for making all of us laugh.

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Michael said...

Beautifully said. It sounds like both of you were blessed to have each other in your lives.

Michael said...

That takes some balls, Anonymous. Stand behind what you write, dickhead.

That being said-gorgeous post. Greg will be missed.

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dave little said...

Nicely done, Dave.

Greggers said...

Well done friend. Like Dave or not this is the wrong page to air your gutless ire Anonymous. Your are the reason the internet has become one big bathroom stall of negativity. Why can't this just be a nice place to honor and think about a comic we all liked. Hating on Dave is your business just do it somewhere else.

"Gilbert Gottfried has all the sex appeal of a fire on a school bus!" -Greg Giraldo Bob Saget Roast 2009

FEJ said...

Well put Dave.

Stu said...

Fuck you Gary. Family, Family!

Beautiful comments Dave.

Anonymous said...

this is my first time on your blog page. i absolutely love what you wrote and i hella love you.
kb

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Anonymous said...

Does this mean that you were never really mad at Dave for not being a sandwich?

Anonymous said...

PS - Go Phillies!

Stu said...

Gary. You do not know me and probably will never cross my path. That being said...do you have Aspergers? You have a complete inability to understand the human condition. The "drug addict" comment was my complete breaking point. I understand Greg had problems in his past. This was an overdose of prescription medications. Take it from someone that has had chronic pain for years. It is hard to get ahead of the pain sometimes. One can easily overdose without trying since many of the pain meds alter your inspiration and respiration. You sir are an asshat.

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Anonymous said...

Good point.

On May 4, 2010, the L.A. County Coroner's office autopsy report revealed that Haim died of diffuse alveolar damage and pneumonia, together with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and coronary arteriosclerosis, ruled a natural death. As to speculation about whether drugs were involved, the Coroner stated: "the toxicology report revealed no significant contributing factor."

Dave Anthony said...

Gary,

This is still an extremely inappropriate place to air your personal grievances.

Obviously.

Anonymous said...

This was a beautiful thing to read. Im so sorry for your loss, if it was me, id hope i had such a moving passage. Again, im sorry dave.
- shannon