Greg Giraldo’s Best Roast Performances (I Got 5 Honest)
Last Wednesday, the day I planned to see him perform in NYC, Comedian Greg Giraldo left this world after 44 years of comic excellence. In reading one of the numerous tribute threads on messageboards across the web, I read one fan refer to him as “a Colombian who never played up being Latin and had the snapping capabilities of an entire black kid lunchroom table.” A touching sentiment, with an unfortunate cloud cast over it by Viacom spending the day after he died removing all clips of his performances from the internet under the guise of copyright infringement. Fortunately, there are no rules on the wild west known as ‘everywhere else on the internet’, so here via hyperlinks of varying sites and quality, are my five all time favorite Greg Giraldo performances!
Again, my apologies on the varying video quality and weirdness of the sites. Going all out for Greg here.
- The reason Greg was such a favorite at these Roasts is because of how effortless a crowd pleaser he was. Any kind of joke for any kind of celebrity or “celebrity” he had. Here, he runs the gauntlet of topics and subjects that any Roast audience would want from a performer.
Greg Destroys a Heckler in Jamaica (2007)
- While nobody could prepare a roast like Giraldo, few could come off-the-top with such firepower either. You can almost see how the joke-writing side of his brain works here as he evaluates the situation where an “old New England-looking man with a beard” approaches him and his instant-arsenal unfolds.
- Because of his ability set a night of with everyone laughing, most of Giraldo’s roast appearances had him going first. Fortunately, before Greg’s untimely passing he had an opportunity to close a major televised roast. This past summer’s Roast of David Hasselhoff saw him bring the same mastery he applies to kicking off the night to go out with a bang, leaving the audience wanting more.
The Roast of Flavor Flav (2007)
- This one’s my personal favorite. I’m not going to spoil it. Just watch.
The Roast of Larry the Cable Guy (begins at 3:57) (2005)
- This right here may be Greg’s masterpiece. Perhaps overlooked because of the absolute Larry the Cable Guy saturation at the time, Greg manages to vivisect the Cable Guy that on the surface works as just a great roasting, but probing deeper reveals the perfect exasperated venting of a lover of comedy in a world where one of the art’s most successful names otherwise represents everything he loathes and detests about society. Giraldo’s just barely playing nice as the frustration of the Cable Guy-era is perfectly encapsulated in one five minute assault.
We give Greg Giraldo a Five Out of Five
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