Comedian Greg Giraldo Dies At 44

Greg Giraldo died Wednesday at a New Jersey Hospital, four days after being admitted for and accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Before becoming a comedian Giraldo was a lawyer having graduated from Harvard Law School ,which he rarely spoke of.

“Giraldo  appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien over a dozen times, The Howard Stern Show and The Opie and Anthony Show. Giraldo was a panelist on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time special. He has also appeared as a member of the panel in the NBC showThe Marriage Ref. He had two half-hour specials on Comedy Central Presents. He has also written segments for Last Call With Carson Daley.

Giraldo, who had three children, was known among comedians to drink heavily. However, he confirmed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on July 7, 2005 that he had quit drinking. Giraldo recently starred in a series of TV cable commercials. His series Friday Night Stand-Up with Greg Giraldo began on Comedy Central in late 2005 and ran until 2006. His CD Good Day to Cross a River was released 2006 on Comedy Central Records.

Giraldo appeared in Comedy Central’s annual roasts roasting Chevy Chase, Pam Anderson, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, Joan Rivers,Larry the Cable Guy, and David Hasselhoff, as well as the TBS roast of Cheech & Chong.

In 2008, Giraldo appeared in venues across the United States as the headlining act of the Indecision ’08 Tour, produced by Comedy Central.”

Giraldo was a regular on Comedy Central’s television series Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil. Giraldo is one of the Advocates who lobbies for their side to be considered the “root of all evil.” He won in two of his nine appearances.

Giraldo served as a judge during season seven of the NBC reality competition show Last Comic Standing.

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