“What he was not was an insult comic,” notes Noam Dworman, manager of the famed Comedy Cellar in New York’s Greenwich Village.

“So he got this opportunity to do these roasts and, of course, he was the best at it. That was a big platform; all of a sudden twenty times more people saw him than had ever seen him before. Now he becomes an insult comic in people’s minds. That was the least of his things and not at all what anybody who really knew him admired about him.”

Dworman, who watched hundreds if not thousands of hours of Giraldo’s live performances, gained a perspective about Giraldo’s comedy likely unmatched by anyone.

“He really was an heir to the George Carlin type of thing,” Dworman contends. “He could talk about heavy issues without being preachy and dissect them and have his own insight and make them funny.”