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Words from comedian Whitney Cummings on the tragic death of Greg Giraldo. RIP


I don’t want to make Greg’s death about me, so I’m conflicted about even saying anything, but if by any chance you don’t already know, Greg was one of the best comedians working. He was fearless and frighteningly brilliant. He was insanely and unnecessarily kind. He inspired me to be a better, smarter, and harder working comedian. He made the job of comedian an honorable profession. He wasn’t just doing comedy so he could get in movies or whatever. After watching him work you thought about the world differently. After watching him perform I always felt stronger as a person but weaker as a comedian. I’m at a loss for what to say or do with regards to his passing but I encourage you to cherish his work. My heart is broken.

Robert was a friend; and I mean the real definition of friend, not some show-bizzy version where “my dearest, closest friend” means, “Although we haven’t actually met, the two of us could do business together if someone held guns to our heads.”

We like each other and respected each other, but the first is more important: We liked each other. And I suppose I intentionally started on something else, because there is so much loss in life to balance the gain. I guess we never really look at it each time it shows its face. But there is so much happiness available in life.

And Robert had so much loss in his, but he still had such a gleam of happiness in his eye; and I never knew how he did.

Comedian, Larry Miller on Robert Schimmel (1950-2010)