Man, watching Give It Up For Greg Giraldo was a rough hour because it was funny as hell, yet tremendously saddening. The Comedy Central tribute to the late comedian brought together his comedian friends and family to discuss his life and work. Nick Swardson, Tom Papa, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Dave Attell, and others all shared their thoughts about Greg along with footage from Greg’s appearances on roasts, TV shows, and stand-up specials.
For me, there were perhaps two specifically poignant moments of the tribute – the first watching the late Mike DeStefano share his thoughts about Greg. DeStefano who himself recently succumbed to a heart attack delivered news about the day he learned of Greg’s passing, it was a very sad moment yet tremendously touching. The second moment being Nick Swardson relaying tremendous admiration of Greg’s work and getting choked-up when he tells the story upon learning of Greg’s passing. It was the emotional heart of the special without trying to be.
Watch some clips, and make it a point to watch the entire special next time it airs…and donate to the Greg Giraldo Fund.