Many know Greg Giraldo's work from Comedy Central roasts, late night television, and comedy clubs. However, few comedy fans have heard the story of his days after Harvard Law school, ascension to cult comic icon, and premature demise at the hands of his demons.
So far I've interviewed more than 22 people who will help tell his story. From managers to his ex-wife and several comedians, friends, producers, and members of the entertainment press. Those who knew Greg Giraldo well uncover what motivated this stand-up legend and how his work impacted them.
Colin Quinn on Giraldo's view of showbiz:
Underneath it all Greg was so intelligent and kind, sensitive in a way. So I think that [show business] used to get to him sometimes. Just the levels of ignorance in show business. It gets old. It gets to anybody with half a fuckin' brain...
Natasha Leggero on Giraldo as a roaster
I said to Jeff Ross (during a roast), I remember the exact moment you became the best roaster in the room. It was when Greg Giraldo died.
Friend, roommate, sober coach on Giraldo's anxiety:
I would say to him, "If being the son of immigrants and graduating from Harvard and being on Comedy Central doesn't convince you that you're doing all right, I have no words for you, Greg." I really don't. I don't know what to say. ... In AA, we would say restless, irritable, and discontented. I think that Greg was that, restless, irritable, and discontented in a very binary way.
Friend on why Giraldo left law for comedy
For a guy like Greg, first of all, the idea of having to punch a clock and work for somebody else was just almost intolerable. He was compelled to speak his mind and do what he wanted to do. . .
Nick DiPaolo on meeting Giraldo
I remember going, "Damn. That kid's going to be a pain in the ass to follow." I could tell he had something. I remember coming off [stage] and he was hitting on my girlfriend.
Jessica Kirson on addiction
Someone could be homeless with one tooth, giving oral sex for crack and have a master’s degree and be from a family that's loaded and you could say to them 'you're the problem, you need help', and he won't even understand what you're saying because he’s not ready. Or they'll understand it, but be like 'so what?'
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