Greg Giraldo

A Comedian’s Story

One of this century’s best comedians deserved a book. Learn Greg Giraldo’s story from those who knew him best. Many know Greg Giraldo’s work from Comedy Central roasts, late-night television, and comedy clubs. However, few comedy fans have heard the story of his days after Harvard Law School, ascension to cult comic icon, and premature demise from his addiction.

We’ve interviewed over 60 people who help tell his story. From managers to his former wife, and many comedians, friends, producers, and entertainment journalists and writers — all to uncover what motivated this stand-up legend and the impact of his work.

Check out also media coverage of the book: a news story about the book in The Interrobang, and interviews with co-author Matt Balaker on the Comic’s Comic site and the Comedians Defying Gravity blog.

The book was published in March 2019 and is now available on Amazon as both a paperback and an ebook: here | here

You can also purchase a signed copy with full-color photos direct from the authors:

  • if you live in Canada, click here
  • if you live in the US or anywhere else, click here
Photo by Dan Dion

About The Authors

Matt Balaker & Wayne Jones

Matt Balaker

I write jokes and tell them on stage periodically. When I’m not interviewing people about Greg Giraldo, I am likely spending time with my wife and two sons.

Wayne Jones

I’m an academic librarian with an interest in standup comedy. I like to write.

Events and Interviews

  • June 13, 2016: Interview of Matt Balaker by Sean L. McCarthy on The Comic’s Comic site
  • Dec. 19, 2018: Interview of co-author Wayne Jones on CKCU radio: here (click “Listen Now”: begins at 1:07:50)
  • Jan. 15, 2019: Interview of Wayne Jones on Media Whore blog
  • Feb. 4, 2019: Interview of Wayne Jones on Daytime Ottawa with Dylan Black at 1:00 pm.
  • Mar. 8, 2019: Comedy show and book signing with Matt Balaker, Winston’s Ocean Beach at 7:00 pm.
  • Mar. 20, 2019: Reading, Q&A, and book signing by Wayne Jones, Yuk Yuk’s, Ottawa at 10 p.m. (details here)
  • Mar. 25, 2019: Interview of Matt Balaker on Jeff Ross’s podcast, Thick Skin, along with Jesse Joyce
  • Mar. 27, 2019: Interview of Matt Balaker by Teme Ring on Comedians Defying Gravity
  • Mar. 28, 2019: Book signing and discussion with Matt Balaker, Book Soup on Sunset in W. Hollywood at 7:00 pm.
  • April 16, 2019: Interview of Matt Balaker on Ted Alexandro’s A Little Bit Me podcast
  • June 11, 2019: Event at the Comedy Cellar, New York, NY

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