…but they wouldn’t take no for an answer.”
Greg Giraldo is dead.
I’m not a comedian-person so much. I mean, I like funny stuff.
I just remember… and this was before everything (before drugs and even generally evident dysfunction… if you could even dig that… generally evident, though (like publicly)… I mean, first signs of disordered consumption manifested the day after I was born)… this one quote.
I think he was on Conan… when Conan was in New York and I was in New York. I thought it clever (the quote and all)… I remember being a very very… very sad bergoning writery individual.
And I thought it was clever.
I had no idea just how pertinently clever until years after, at which point I dismissed it as retarded. …and again, just something a comedian would say. clever, in timing and language but floating in the mire atop any material substance that it could have.
I kind of know nothing about him and I don’t care. And people die all the time. And they die of O.D.‘s all the time, all-the-more.
But I think we take these things with us somehow. I mean, if they hit us at the right time and all.
It was just some version of mild electric-fence-shock that happened when everything in my affect was serendipitously open just enough.
I mean, I don’t even care if he rests in peace (I mean, beyond the fact that I don’t have a concept for “rest in peace”). Like, if I did, I wouldn’t care… if he did.
Just thought that I’d mention it.
- Greg Giraldo, Insult-Humor Comic, Dies at 44 (nytimes.com)
- Comedian and Just for Laughs fest regular Greg Giraldo dies of overdose (timeoutny.com)