Greg Giraldo dies at 44; quit law to become a stand-up comic
Comedian Greg Giraldo, a regular on Comedy Central celebrity roasts and a judge on the NBC-TV show “Last Comic Standing,” died Wednesday. He was 44.
The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick reported that Giraldo had suffered a drug overdose on Saturday, citing New Brunswick police. His managers have declined to comment.
Jon Stewart paid tribute to Giraldo on “The Daily Show” Wednesday. “The comedy world lost a good man and a great comic,” Stewart said.
Born in New York in 1965, Giraldo earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard. But he preferred comedy to law.
“I knew I was going to quit all along,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 1996. “I was first generation, I was the first person born in my family, the first person to go to college.... In my mind, I had to at least try [law]. And I did — and I hated it so much that there was no way I was going to live my life that way.”
Giraldo told Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper in 2004 that after trying stand-up comedy once, “I literally quit [law] the next day.”
He was a frequent guest on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Howard Stern Show.” His last appearance on Comedy Central was for a roast of David Hasselhoff in August.
He also starred in the ABC sitcom “Common Law” in 1996.
Giraldo was divorced with three children.