The secret to Giraldo’s success at the roasts was not just about going up first of course. As he had done for other gigs during his twenty-year career, he concentrated on the writing, treating the roasts not merely as a novelty but taking them seriously as a way to demonstrate his talent. That was true of the roasts outside of the Comedy Central ones as well: “He kept very cool and nobody did their homework better on those roasts than he did. He really, really worked hard.” [Greg Fitzsimmons] For the Comedy Central roasts, Giraldo worked with Jesse Joyce to co-write some of his material, and it was a very successful partnership that produced some of the roasts’ funniest moments.