In anticipation of the upcoming benefit for Greg Giraldo's family, Splitsider has an excellent piece courtesy of writer Larry Getlen. Getlen sits down with Jesse Joyce and Jim Norton to rehash the more difficult times in Giraldo's life, as well as the lighter side of life as the late comic's friends.
“He was so confident on stage, such a master of words and so naturally funny, that he could take anything he wanted to talk about and make it funny even if you disagreed with his politics on it. At the end of the bit, it was flawless logic,” says Joyce. “You could disagree with the concept of gay marriage, but he would [talk about this] in Texas, or in the South. We’d work together in Georgia, and he would start the bit with some version of, ‘if you think gay people choose to be gay, you’re an asshole.’ He would confront people aggressively to say, what you believe is wrong. But by the end of the bit, not only would he get an applause break, but everybody would be like, ‘Huh. I see your point.” He could take anything he believed in, and make it funny to people who disagreed with him.”
The Benefit for Greg Giraldo will be next Wednesday, February 9th at 8pm at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Tom Papa hosts. Jerry Seinfeld, Judy Gold, Lewis Black, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Ted Alexandro, Jim Norton, and Jesse Joyce are slated to perform. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.