Comedian Greg Giraldo has died at the age of 44, representatives from his management company, The Collective in Beverly Hills, have officially confirmed to Punchline Magazine.
A scheduled comedy event in LA tonight, meant to showcase some of The Collective’s other clients, has been canceled. The management company has this to say:
As you may know, Greg Giraldo was a father of 3 young children and a genius comedic talent who was revered, admired and loved by our comedy community.
Out of respect to Greg’s family, The Collective has no choice but to postpone this evening’s showcase. We remain grateful for your understanding and thank you for the effort you have put forth to support our event.
For the past hour, comedians and close friends of Giraldo’s — Jim Norton was first to post — have been taking to their Twitter accounts to convey condolences, all but confirming the horrible news. We’ll have a full tribute to Greg as soon as possible. For now, please just keep his family, including his three sons, in your thoughts.
Anyone who reads this site regularly will know that I regularly name Giraldo as one of my two favorite working comedians. He wasn’t a friend of mine in the traditional sense. But I’ve interviewed him a handful of times, he headlined Punchline Magazine‘s third-anniversary show and he was one of very few comedians who gave me his phone number. That meant something to me.
I interviewed him on video a few months ago in New York. Because of technical problems, however, that video never posted. We’ll make sure that interview goes live soon.
Here’s an interview I did with Greg in 2009, when his album Midlife Vices was released.