The publication “Greg Giraldo: A Comedian’s Story” has been released nationally. It provides the definitive look into the life of the lawyer turned standup comic, who died in 2010 at age 44.
A frequent guest on “A Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” Giraldo recorded two CDs and starred in his own short-lived sitcom once he began performing standup comedy in 1992. His decision to switch careers came two years after Giraldo’s graduation from Harvard Law School.
“I loved his brashness and how he was unafraid to be edgy without trying too hard to be edgy, but I didn’t know much about him personally,” said Matt Balaker, co-author of the biography. “So I searched on Amazon for a book on him. Nothing came up. That was my ah-ha moment. I decided to write the book I wanted to read.”
Balaker’s co-author is Wayne Jones, a Canadian author who joined the project initially as a backer on Kickstarter.
“Greg Giraldo: A Comedian’s Story” draws from interviews from more than 60 of his friends and family, including fellow comics Jim Gaffigan, Natasha Leggero and Marc Maron, and provides for the first time details of Giraldo’s time at Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Quinn wrote the foreword.
“It was heartening to learn how he was such a willing mentor to other comedians and how much he loved his children,” said Balaker.