I was in the middle of inking a page when my wife told me about the death of Greg Giraldo, and I don't mind telling you, after I heard, it was hard for me to finish the page.
I'm a guy who knows and loves and is at least semi-discerning about music, movies, prose and graphic literature, so I have defined likes, loves and hates. When it came to comedy, I didn't care. Not really. I knew with a level of certainty that on any given comedy program, someone would make me laugh, someone else wouldn't, but it didn't matter the names. There were very few outliers, very few names that stood out to me more than simple recognition. Greg Giraldo was absolutely on that list.
More and more as time goes on, I don't get choked up at the passing of celebrities, even the ones I enjoy. I'm not sure I could explain why, exactly, but Greg's death choked me up. Maybe because he never gained the kind of recognition he deserved while he was alive, or maybe because every asshole is going to come out of the woodwork to say what a genius he was who never gave him the time of day when he was alive and turn him into an Entertainment Tonight buzzword.
Would I call him a hero? An influence? No, I can't say he was that, but he was the top of his form, even if he was perennially unappreciated. Every time he set out to be funny, he was funny. His humour was dark and unafraid without being shocking or forced. He could tear out organs while at the same time making you smile. He made you love him while he was crashing. Most of all, though, he was funny, he made me not just laugh, but laugh every time. His was a name that made me stop what I was doing and pay attention. In an industry where I had no favourites, he was my favourite.
A dark light has left us, and the world just seems a little less interesting.
posted by Gibson Twist @ September 30th, 2010, 11:37 am | 2 comments
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Cardshark (Guest), October 3rd, 2010, 6:17 am
I wouldn't say he's a favorite, but I liked his stuff. He at least had some originality which has not been a strong point of stand up comedy in the past few years. I first saw him on Lewis Black's show "Root of All Evil" and started watching his stuff after that. A good performer, great comedian, and someone who I will miss.
Shadow Lugia, October 6th, 2010, 2:27 pm
It's weird because I was just watching the Roast of David Hasselhoff the day before I heard. RIP
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