Greg Giraldo

Greg Giraldo was born on December 10, 1965 in the Bronx of New York City. Early on, Giraldo excelled in academics - earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University and went on to get a law degree from Harvard Law school. He got into Harvard after receiving a near perfect score on the LSAT, which put him in the 99th percentile of all students. He worked as a lawyer for eight months, before quitting to pursue comedy. Giraldo started his comedy career in 1992, inspired not by any good comic specifically, but by bad comics he saw doing well in comedy. Within a few years of his start, he got into the ‘Just For Laughs Festival’ in Montreal, in 1995, where he was spotted by a Hollywood agents and offered a short-lived sitcom entitled, “Common Law”. Giraldo appeared in several pilots and other television shows and was a staple comic on the Comedy Central Roasts. Before his death in 2010, he released two half hour Comedy Central specials, released two albums, and made over a dozen appearances on the late-night circuit.

This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at the work of the late Greg Giraldo. Giraldo comedy can be described as controlled rant. His topics were broad - Often tackling political and social topics. His comedy was passionate, and he also used small bursts of act outs to demonstrate his points. Giraldo had a huge impact on the comedy scene and the comics around him – and many of his comedy bits on politics are still pertinent today.

Bits analyzed: You got aids yo (Midlife Vices); Brian Nichols/Lil Jon/MTV Cribs/Bitches (Good Day To Cross a River); Room for dessert/Death by chocolate/lent/snacks (Good Day To Cross a River)