Now Playing - Good Day to Cross A River by Greg Giraldo

Most of you probably don't know the name Greg Giraldo. Maybe you've seen him on the comedy central roasts, caught a glimpse of him performing on Letterman or Conan. You might even know him from this past season of Last Comic Standing.

If that's all you know, then you're like most of the general public, and you guys don't know that he was one of the smartest comics working. He was so smart, talented, funny, and just a great guy. Greg Giraldo was a comic's comic, and, in my mind, one of the funniest people on the planet.

He died yesterday at the age of 44 of an accidental prescription drug overdose.

This one is kind of tough for me, because Greg Giraldo was personally an awesome guy to me. We first met in 2002 when I was in New York for the New York City Underground Comedy Festival, and Greg, while he hated most of the CollegeHumor 'douchecomics' (his words, not mine), actually liked me and took the chance to show me around NYC for a day.

I was 19, had been performing for almost a year and a half at the time, and this guy was in his mid 30's, who was a Harvard educated lawyer before he went into stand up, took the time out of his schedule to take me to a couple of his sets around New York. I wish I could say that the first really cool experience I had with meeting a bigger comic than myself was with a Canadian comic... but it wasn't.

I have no idea what it was about my act at the time, or my attitude towards the business that made him extend a hand to me, but if I had met more people like Greg, I probably would have stayed in the business much longer than I ultimately did.

We bumped into each other a couple of times over the next three years, and he took the time to catch my work and offer a word or two of constructive criticism, and always told me to fuck off if I tried the same. I expected nothing less than that.

Greg... thank you, for everything. I was going to end with something more poignant, but Patton Oswalt's tweet says it all; If there's a heaven then Einstein, Asimov, Voltaire and Anne Frank are getting the sh-- roasted out of 'em tonight.