Comedy's Biggest Icons Stand Up For Greg Giraldo

By Anna David 06/25/11

Ever since the 44-year-old comedian overdosed in a Jersey motel room last September, friends like Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Jay Leno have joined forces to support his ailing family.

A sold-out benefit in New York is followed by an L.A event this month.

Last fall, comic legend Greg Giraldo lost a longtime battle with drugs and alcohol in a New Jersey motel room after a gig, leaving behind a wife, three young boys and few resources. A regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn who was best known for his scalding Comedy Central roasts, Giraldo was the quintessential comedian’s comedian, garnering, over the years, such fans as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Lewis Black, Colin Quinn and Jon Stewart, among many others. He was also, alas, the quintessential addict, traveling into and out of sobriety. A graduate of Harvard Law, he overdosed on prescription meds last September and was in a coma for five days before his family pulled life support.

Last March, Comedy Central aired a two-hour special that honored Giraldo; Seinfeld, Quinn, Black and others performed before a packed house at New Yok's Beacon Theater. All proceeds from that event went to Giraldo’s widow and children. This week, the special will go West Coast: at 7 pm at the Wiltern in Los Angeles this Wednesday, Whitney Cummings, Dave Atell and Daniel Tosh will be doing their best to keep evreybody laughing while honoring the memory of a dear friend lost way too too early. Tickets are still available.

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Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of multiple books about overcoming difficulties and coming out on the other side: the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). Find Anna on LinkedIn and Twitter.