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Remembering Greg Giraldo: A Smart Comedian Who Never Pandered, But Never Quite Broke Through

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 30th 2010 1:00PM
Greg Giraldo, dead from an overdose at 44"There's nothing inherently smarter about a political joke than a joke about someone's balls," Greg Giraldo told me a couple of years ago when I interviewed him for the Boston Globe.

The general consensus about Giraldo, who died of an overdose Wednesday at 44 years old, was that he was a smart comic. He was quick with a sarcastic slam, which made him a regular guest on the Comedy Central roast series and 'Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.' He could speak convincingly about social and political issues, from foreign policy in Asia to why Americans love their big gas-guzzling cars.

And it didn't hurt that he attended Harvard Law School, passed the bar exam, and practiced law. For some reason, that life never seemed to fit him.

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Jon Stewart Says Farewell to Comedian Greg Giraldo (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 30th 2010 7:13AM
Jon Stewart Says Farewell to Comedian Greg Giraldo"The comedy world lost a good man," Jon Stewart said. "... He was just one of those guys you loved to run into, because he was always a font of warmth and good humor." Stewart was speaking of his friend, stand-up comic Greg Giraldo, who passed away this Wednesday, September 29th. Giraldo was 44 years old, and left behind a wife and four children. On 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon took a moment to mourn his friend, as the words "WE'LL MISS YOU, BROTHER" flashed onto the screen.

Giraldo was beloved in the comedy world. He was well-known for his appearances as a judge on 'Last Comic Standing,' and his many appearances on various late night shows and Comedy Central specials. The comic's greatest strength was his unique brand of "insult comedy" -- which he displayed to hilarious effect at the roasts of various celebrities, including David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and Joan Rivers. (You can watch clips from all his celebrity roasts by going here.)

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Comedian Greg Giraldo Dead After Drug Overdose

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 29th 2010 5:35PM
'Last Comic Standing' judge Greg Giraldo has died, friends of the comedian confirmed today on Twitter.

Giraldo was rushed to a New Jersey hospital Saturday night after overdosing on prescription pills. Though previous reports described the incident as a suicide attempt, there was no indication Giraldo tried to take his own life.

The 44-year-old father of four, who has dealt with substance abuse troubles in the past, was scheduled to perform at the Stress Factory comedy club in New Brunswick Saturday night and the New York Recovery Rally at Randall's Island Park in NYC earlier in the day to honor National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

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'Last Comic Standing' Judge Greg Giraldo Hospitalized After Drug Overdose

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 27th 2010 10:40AM
Greg GiraldoGreg Giraldo, the popular comedian and judge on 'Last Comic Standing,' reportedly overdosed on prescription pills Saturday night at a hotel in New Jersey and was listed in serious condition, according to a New York Post source. Earlier in the day, he was slated to perform at an event feting Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

The funnyman, who recently helped roast David Hasselhoff on Comedy Central, was found unresponsive during a party at his hotel in East Brunswick, New Jersey. "It was like a zoo here," an eyewitness said of the bash.

Paramedics resuscitated Giraldo and rushed him to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in nearby New Brunswick. Contrary to assorted reports, there is no indication that the overdose was a suicide attempt.

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Guy Torry Has No Sense of Humor, Can't Take Criticism on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 6th 2010 5:11AM
Guy Torry Can't Take Critique on 'Last Comic Standing'Comedian Guy Torry didn't take kindly to the judges' critique of his stand-up on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC). "The KKK voted for Barack, did you know that? Google it, Google it!" said Torry during his routine.

"Not all the material was my style," said judge Andy Kindler.
"That's because you didn't vote for Barack," responded Torry.
"Do I look like a Republican?" asked a confused Kindler.

The second critique, from Natasha Leggero, concerned "the punch lines ... You say everything like three times." Torry told her he didn't and got a bit more confrontational, saying, "You never buy a ticket to one of my shows, so I'm not really worried about you." Then he was a little hostile toward judge Greg Giraldo, too.

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Quitting Your Job and Chasing Your Dreams on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 15th 2010 1:00AM
Quitting Your Job and Chasing Your Dreams on 'Last Comic Standing'America! It's the land of endless opportunity, where anything can happen. Well, either that, or it's the land of strip malls and trailer parks. Or it's the land of bald eagles and Mount Rushmore. Or maybe our fine country is some crazy mix of all of these. Who knows, really?

But for Jamie Lee's sake, let's hope that the USA is the land of opportunity. Because contestant Jamie Lee has quit her high-paying job ... in order to chase her dream of becoming a professional stand-up comedian. And on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC), we get to see how this all plays out for her.

Many people have come to the show to audition. (Including some truly awful comics who dress up as clowns or who use ventriloquist dummies -- which is never a good idea). But only Jamie Lee has given up a whole career in order to try out as a comedian.

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A Talking Dog on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 8th 2010 1:50AM
A Talking Dog on 'Last Comic Standing'A talking dog! The whole world loves a talking dog. And that's what we get on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). But sadly, it's not a real talking dog. Yes, yes. We've been lied to so many times before. And yet we still hold out hope for the actual existence of a real talking dog. But it's probably never going to happen.

On the most recent episode of 'Last Comic,' one of the comedian hopefuls does a ventriloquist act with her dog, who is wearing a top hat and a bow tie. All of this goes about as well as you would expect it to. ... Which to say that the comedian girl doesn't end up making the cut on the show.

And later on, it turns out that it isn't even a ventriloquist act after all. Instead, there's just someone off-stage who is supplying the voice for the dog. Less and less impressive. Oh well. On the plus side, the dog is still wearing a bow tie and top hat. No, wait -- that's not actually a good thing, is it?

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Greg Giraldo Calls Justin Bieber a 'Young Girl' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 7th 2010 11:30AM
Based upon this clip from 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), we're willing to bet comedian Greg Giraldo doesn't have many Justin Bieber CDs in his collection.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Clears Up Brad Pitt Question on 'Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 7th 2010 9:18AM
Gwyneth Paltrow on 'The Marriage Ref'Not only was Gwyneth Paltrow's presence on 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) helpful to referee the episode's squabbling couples, she conveniently answered a trivia question that arose.

Host Tom Papa showed footage of a husband upset that his wife screened out his phone calls. He said, "So you're telling me if I was on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' and I had one call and [the question was] 'Who was Brad Pitt's girlfriend in 1999?' ... I'd call you and you wouldn't pick the phone up. I'd lose a million dollars all on account of you."

After shifting back to the panel of judges, comedian Greg Giraldo turned to Paltrow and asked, "Wasn't it you?"

"It wasn't me, it wasn't me!" said Paltrow. "1994, baby! Huh, sounds like she remembers it like it was yesterday. No hard feelings then. If anything, she seems really proud to claim him as an ex.

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NBC tapes HIGNFY pilot with Sedar, Giraldo, Black

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 24th 2009 8:33PM
It seems that Santa Claus got my letter after all: American networks are starting to notice the awesome comedic power of British panel shows.

Unfortunately, he didn't it read it very closely: that network is NBC. Hope you like Ex-Lax in your cookies, Santa.

NBC just taped a pilot episode of a remake of the BBC's most famous and classic panel quiz show, Have I Got News For You. It's being hosted by comedian and Air America host Sam Sedar and features Greg Giraldo and Michael Ian Black as the regular team panelists. Buzzerblog doesn't seem to have much confidence in the show being good, but Giraldo and Black and the fact that a network is willing to take a chance on real satire and comedy panel humor makes me want to give it a chance.

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Roasting Joan Rivers

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2009 10:00AM
Joan RiversA couple of years ago, I interviewed Joan Rivers for the Boston Globe. She was playing a local theatre, and I hadn't yet had a chance to talk to her, and I wanted to talk a bit about her past in Second City and as a pioneering female comic. But since a lot of her shtick is slamming celebrities, and she helped invent what I guess you'd call "red carpet comedy," I thought I'd try to find a couple of people to do a point/counterpoint. Funny thing is, I couldn't find anyone for the counterpoint, anyone who wanted to go on record saying anything uncomplimentary against Rivers.

You can find plenty of people who will make jokes about her plastic surgery, or her failed talk show from the 80s, or her TV marketing, but that all seems a bit superficial. No one seemed to have a terribly valid criticism outside of those clichés. And that's what I think you'll see at the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Roast Sunday (10PM). From the clips I've seen, some of the sharper comics have found a new approach to those tropes, and you'll see plenty of plastic surgery jokes. And I'm sure you'll hear plenty of them from Rivers herself (a debt, there, I think owed to Phyllis Diller).

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Sneak Peek: the Joan Rivers Roast

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2009 4:32PM
From this clip below, it looks like Rivers is going to give as well as she gets on the Joan Rivers Roast this Sunday at 10PM on Comedy Central. I also like how the celebs dump on other celebrities at the roast. That's a nasty but funny dig at Carl Reiner.

Roast of Joan Rivers Sun, Aug 9 10pm / 9c

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Why the Joan Rivers Roast should be tighter and funnier than her current facelift

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2009 4:30PM
Joan RiversThe traditional comedy roast has been hijacked by the cable networks and reproduced with more disappointing results than a sperm bank run by General Motors.

Comedy Central has done the best job for the most part while others like A&E's extremely mismanaged Gene Simmons Roast made for lower quality television are as horrific as those painfully dated Dean Martin's Roasts that are sold on infomercials in the wee small hours of the morning.

The secret to doing a good roast isn't really that much of a secret: hire people who are actually paid to be funny. That's why the Roast of Joan Rivers could be the best one yet.

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Comedy Central goes all-out to roast Larry the Cable Guy - VIDEOS

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 12th 2009 5:24PM
Larry the Cable GuyIt seems Jeffrey Ross already has the line of the night for Sunday's Roast of Larry the Cable Guy (Comedy Central, 10 PM), which isn't surprising, because he's a longtime Friars Club member. In the trailer, Ross slams, "This is ridiculous, he's not even a real person! Why don't we just roast Dora the Explorer or Popeye the Sailor Man?"

Fictional character he may be, Mr. The Cable Guy has attracted Jeff Foxworthy, Warren Sapp, Toby Keith, Gary Busey, Maureen McCormick, fellow comic Reno Collier, and Roast regulars like Ross, Greg Giraldo, and Nick DiPaolo. "Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli will serve as the first female Roastmaster for the Comedy Central series (the Friars, originators of the roast, have only had a couple of female Roastmasters -- Susie Essman did the Smothers Brothers and Joy Behar did Danny Aiello).

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Talk Talk: Glenn Close, Julia Stiles, Kevin James

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2007 5:56PM
  • Charlie RoseCharlie Rose: The week in review, plus a report on China
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Julia Stiles, Nick Griffin, and Pete Jordan
  • Jay Leno: Glenn Close, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Marilyn Manson
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rob Schneider and Austin Nichols
  • Tavis Smiley: Malik Rahim and Robert Green, Sr. (repeat)
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Kevin James, Greg Giraldo, and Jordana Spiro
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Parker Posey and Ian Hunter (repeat)
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Petra Nemcova and The Mims

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