Greg Giraldo was one of the funniest men working in comedy. He's best known for being arguably the funniest person at every Comedy Central and NY Friar's Club Roast (as well as one of the only attending Hispanics.) He died September 29, 2010, of an accidental prescription drug overdose. There was never an actual Greg Giraldo Roast, but he was the defining personality at the Comedy Central Roasts, reminding us that insult comedy can be an art form.
Think of this list as a presentation of the best Greg Giraldo quotes from all the Roasts when he stole the show, whether he was gleefully insulting Joan Rivers, William Shatner, or Chevy Chase. When Giraldo roasted celebrities, he did so with a golden touch and a smirk that made it clear the roasting was all in good fun, even when it left roastees crispy.In honor of his memory, here are all of his Roast moments. Each one is a gem and all of his bits belong on a list of the greats. May he rest in peace.
Chevy Chase Roast
Greg Giraldo, back when he had shorter hair, made something great out of every single roast he ever did.Not only did Chevy Chase actually kind of look offended, but Greg Giraldo, a relative unknown then, did an amazing job of taking a comedy legend and reducing him to "you've been in over 40 films and the biggest movie star up here is Al Franken."
William Shatner Roast
Joan Rivers Roast
He starts out tearing Kathy Griffin a new one, compares her to something hilarious, and then proceeds to make fun of everyone in the room. He's so great at knowing exactly who's going to be in the room and not making anybody feel left out of the glorious, glorious roasting.
His Tom Arnold bit is the best part of this clip.He was one of the first people to make an actually-funny David Carradine joke shortly after his death.
David Hasselhoff Roast
Not only being able to make fun of Hulk Hogan, but Pamela Anderson.
One of his greatest lines was when he told Pamela Anderson she helped him "spill more seed than Muhammed Ali at a bird feeder."His comment on George Hamilton really brought his bit into classic-Roast status: "George Hamilton, you're like Tang: you're dry, you're orange and people haven't given a f*** about you since 1968."