Uncensored - Giraldo Tribute - We Were Comedians

Season 1 , Ep 101 03/18/11 Views: 7,732

Greg Giraldo's brother John describes their family, and Tom Papa talks about watching Giraldo perform when he was young. (2:27)

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- THE STORY OF GIRALDO FOR MEWAS HE WAS JUST A GREAT GUY.

YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO SAY,OH, HE WAS THE GUY OF APPETITES.

BOY, YOU SAW THIS COMING.

IT WASN'T THAT WAY.

HE WAS ALL OF US.

- GREG'S THE OLDESTOF THREE OF US.

MYSELF, I WASTHE SECOND CHILD,

AND MY SISTER ELIZABETHWAS THE BABY OF THE FAMILY.

MY DAD WAS FROM COLOMBIA,MY MOTHER FROM SPAIN.

RAISED IN QUEENS, NEW YORK.

TYPICAL MIDDLE CLASS.

THERE WASN'T ANYTHINGTHAT WOULD JUMP OUT AT YOU

AS BEING ANYTHING,YOU KNOW,

THAT LED HIM INTOSOME CRAZY WORLD OF COMEDY.

- YOU ARE YOU?

- GREG GIRALDO.

- OKAY, HOW LONGYOU BEEN DOING COMEDY?

- 35 YEARS.

NO, IT'LL BE TWO YEARSIN MARCH.

- WE BOTH, I STARTEDAT THE COMEDY CELLAR

IN THE SAME WAY.

AND WE WEREJUST IN THE SORT OF,

AS COMICS COMEIN SORT OF CLASSES

IN LITTLE FIVE-YEAR CLUSTERSLIKE LOCUSTS.

- GREG AND I GO BACKTO MY FIRST DAY IN COMEDY.

I WALK INAND THE FIRST PERSON I SAW

IS SKINNY, YOUNG GREGIN THE CORNER OF THE CLUB

JUST SWEATINGLIKE A NERVOUS WRECK.

HE WAS LIKEA WET SQUIRREL.

I MEAN, FROM THAT TIMETHAT WE DID THAT FIRST SHOW

YOU JUST KNEWTHERE WAS NO WAY ABOUT IT

WE WERE COMEDIANS.

- I ACTUALLY HEARDSOMEBODY THE OTHER DAY,

HE SAID, "THESEILLEGAL ALIENS COME OVER

"AND TAKE AMERICAN JOBS.

THEY'RE TAKING AWAY JOBSFROM AMERICANS."

REALLY?

WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU LOSTA JOB TO AN ILLEGAL ALIEN.

YOU WANT TO DELIVERYOU OWN CHINESE FOOD?

IS THAT A JOB YOU'REHAVING TROUBLE GETTING?

DO YOU WANT TO RIDE YOURSHITTY LITTLE BIKE

DOWN BROADWAY IN THE RAIN?

I USED TO HANG OUTAT THE OPEN MICS

AT, LIKE, NEW YORKCOMEDY CLUBS AND GLADYS'S

JUST FOR FUN, YOU KNOW?- FOR FUN?

- YEAH, JUST I WOULDHANG OUT THERE.

IT WAS A GOOD TIME, A LOT OFMY BUDDIES WOULD HANG OUT.

AND I JUST THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,

I COULD NEVER BE AS GOODAS EVERYBODY THERE, BUT, UH...

[laughs]

- I REMEMBER SEEING HIM ONE TIMEIN A SUIT AND TIE,

AND I SAID,"YOU LOOK LIKE A LAWYER."

AND HE WAS A LAWYER.

SO, YOU KNOW,TIP OF THE HAT TO ME, HUH?

- WE WERE JUST MISERABLEAS LAWYERS

AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUTHOW TO GET OUT.

I REMEMBER HIM SAYING,"I GOTTA DO SOMETHING I LIKE."

- DURING THAT TIME PERIOD,

STAND-UP COMEDY WAS A CAREER

THAT DID NOT HAVEA LOT OF OPENINGS.

SO I USED TO JOKE AROUNDTHAT IT WAS LIKE

PURSUING A CAREERIN PHONOGRAPH REPAIRMAN.

- FUCKING HARVARD LAWYER.

IT WAS JUST LIKE A JOKE.

IT'S LIKE SAYING,"OH, THERE'S THAT COMEDIAN.

HE'S ALSO A BRAIN SURGEON."

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