Gilbert Gottfried Went For It

September 30th, 2010 // 59 Comments
Gilbert Gottfried

Almost immediately after Greg Giraldo‘s death, Gilbert Gottfried took to Twitter to be the first to make an obvious joke about his late friend that ruffled a few oversensitive feathers. Even more surprising, Gilbert Gottfried uses Twitter:

If Greg Giraldo is cremated, will that be the “Greg Giraldo Roast”?

Look, I don’t want to sit here and pontificate like I’m some master student of comedy – which I’m clearly not – but had Gilbert actually made a funny joke, I doubt anyone would’ve made a stink. However, what’s really sad if not horribly depressing, is the fact Greg Giraldo is being predominantly written about as “Last Comic Standing Judge Greg Giraldo.” That’s like a respectable chef dying only to be remembered for the year he was forced to work at McDonald’s to support a drug habit.

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  1. Dice Gottfried

    What are you a homo? Ooooooooooohhh!!!

    • shankyouverymuch

      Gottfried’s joke too soon, not to soon – who really cares anyway!

      All I know is that I’m going to really miss Greg Giraldo’s comedy, he had a very quick comic mind, was very fast & sharp thinking- probably the best & funniest one in his pier group of comics.

      It makes me truly sad that he is now gone & that he humor has been silenced.

  2. GravyLeg

    “Last Coming Standing” ??

    Do they have good crack where you are vacationing?

    “Roast in Peace” will get used all over the place too…

    Greg would have approved…

  3. KennyRogersRoasters

    Yeah, because being known as a shit talker at these “roasts” is just so respectable.

    • The comedy roast is a HIGHLY respected tradition in comedy, dating back to the early 1900′s.

      • KennyRogersRoasters

        Yeah, but entertainers of yesteryear were actually really well known and had thriving careers other than just shit talking.

      • LD

        The roast is a joke to make fun of Cloris Leachman’s old vage and that is about it today. It is just a bunch of has bins making a buck or pretending to give it to a cause. “Hey pull my finger,That was not it” kinda writing.

  4. who cares? more tits and ass please…

  5. They had that kind of relationship, if there was a Hell I’m sure Greg would be like ‘Aw c’mon Gilbert!, That is that you came up with? !”

    • sasafrasatata

      Got that right. have a sense of humor people. Greg wouldn’t give a shit.

      • Fabiaire

        Exactly. This is the kind of humor he was a part of, and I know he wouldn’t have been offended. He might of laughed about it if he were still here. We shouldn’t be offended, either.

    • He would have done the same thing if Gottfried was the one to die. That was who Girardo was and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Roasters do a tribute to Girardo with a posthumous roast.

  6. J

    ok, funny joke….but give it a few more days….

  7. Minerva Smelibut

    There was a really tight gal on last comic last year, what was her name?

  8. Biscuit n Gravy

    Greg would have probably wanted it that way…not everyone sitting around moping about it. geez…

  9. fester

    Famous celebrity last words:
    “Oh, woe is me! I have too much free time and disposable income, combined with little or no sense of moderation!” (thump)

  10. Any guy who can work blue in front of girl scouts is all right by me. Wait till ben aflac dies..

  11. shalimar

    whitney cummings.

  12. Giraldo was making 911 jokes the night of 911 and the following weekend, “too soon?” was his joke.

    • The Shockwave

      And hell, Greg would make “too soon” jokes at the roasts all the time. He’d be fine with it.

  13. OIPolloi

    Does no one else remeber his 9/11 joke?

    He lives for these oppertunities to whip out the ‘too soon’ joke.

  14. It’s not too soon…it’s just not very funny. Much like Gilbert himself.

  15. Robin Quivers

    This site is now officially awful. I love the moral cruisade on Gilbert Gottfried, very edgy. What TMZ story are you going to rehash with witty hipster comedy next? Suck.

    • Richard McBeef, PhD

      the beauty of the internet is that you don’t have to come here. you can always change the channel.

  16. suprgrl

    it wasn’t too bad of a joke, Gilbert’s old and not as funny as he used to be (ever was?) not sure anyhow Greg WOULD have wanted it that way. Anything worth taking seriously is worth making fun of.

    WE ALL DIE why would the joke have been better in a week? why the the time matter? he’s dead. they’re comedians, it’s what they do, get over it and stop being so dang sensitive people.

  17. Everyone needs to stop feigning sensitivity about this …’s called cringe humor, and Giraldo of all people knew exactly what that was all about.

    Ball-busting=caring. Humorless pussies be damned.

    • Believe it or not when we come accross crispy critters on a fire call we’re encouraged to joke about it among other things. Coping with grief comes in many forms/stages

      • sobrietyisacrutch

        Do you guys like “Rescue Me”? Is it realistic? It’s one of my favorite shows.

      • Watched the first cpl seasons. It was ok though they mispronounced a cpl things that even a probie would kno.. But i liked it. In reality we save more lives on ambulance calls. Hard to make a good fire show cos ur masked up in real life in a structure fire but in movies they cant wear em cos u cldnt tell whos who..

  18. Mike "Groucho" Walker

    Back in my day, we had what was called a roast, and what we would do is we would all take turns making fun of one of our peers, which consisted of making off-color jokes about his personal life, physical makeup, and things of that nature. It was like being held over a fire and that’s why we called it a roast, because the words are like flames, and…

  19. Hugh Gentry

    Giraldo would be laughing. Nothing was over the line for him. RIP

    • A comedian dies and goes to heaven. He knocks on the old pearly gates and out walks St. Peter. “Hello mate,” says St. Peter, “I’m sorry, no comedians in heaven.”

      “What?” exclaims the man, astonished.
      “You heardme, no comedians.”
      “But, but, but, I’ve been a good man”, replies the comedian.
      “Oh really”, says St. Peter. “What have you done, then ?”
      “Well” said the guy, “Three weeks before I died, I gave 10 dollars to the starving children in Africa”.
      “Oh” says St.Peter. “anything else?”
      “Well, 2 weeks before I died I also gave 10 dollars to the homeless.”
      “Hmmm. Anything else?”
      “Yeah. A week before I died I gave 10 dollars to the Albanian orphans.”
      “Okay”, said St. Peter, “You wait here a minute while I have a word with the boss.”

      Ten minutes pass before St. Peter returns.

      He looks the guy in the eye and says, “I’ve had a word with God and he
      agrees with me. Here’s your thirty dollars back, now fuck off!”

  20. As long as we don’t have to hear Gottfried actually say it in that annoying fucking voice.


  21. jumpin_j

    If anyone watched “The Aristocrats”, it showed why Gottfreid isn’t only not afraid to go there, he has to. All the comedians said him telling that joke at the roast was gutsy and groundbreaking and they all owed him gratitude for having the balls to do “the dirtiest joke ever”. He made it okay to laugh again. So no, not too soon and no question Greg would have wanted it that way. Big props to Gilbert, but really, he was really F—king annoying as that damn parrot in Aladdin.

    • That jokes too gross for me but its a great test for a comic. Its like the chicken crossing the road. The punchline isnt that funny. Its the delivery..

      Funny id think of carson twice in two days. The aristocrats was his favorite joke iirr.

  22. dB

    I guess he wasn’t the last comic standing.

  23. Pussy Galore

    The comments Gottfried made to Lisa Lampanelli in the Hasselhoff roast; holy crap that was funny. I rewound my DVR three times to make sure I was hearing him correctly.
    The two of them were great friends. I’m sure it’s all good.

  24. Footclan

    Greg could take it just as much as he could dish it out. He’d have laughed.

  25. db

    After Greg Giraldo died, I saw some of his standup. I’d never heard of him prior.

    Leading to my question of why do I not know Greg Giraldo’s name but I know talentless Gilbert Godfried’s?

    Is it the Leno farts louder than O’Brien/shit rises to the top phenomenon?

  26. Leo Cocksuckerian

    who the fuck is greg giraldo?

  27. Balls McCoy

    How can a guy who does little more than compiling stories from TMZ deserve a vacation? Anyway, I guess Fish doesn’t get that comedians are ruthless to each other and there’s no better way to pay homage to a fellow comedian than taking a shot at him when he’s down. Gottfried rules!

  28. LivewireT

    And if Gilbert Gottfried is cremated, will he be Gilbert Gott Fried?

  29. shankyouverymuch

    Gottfried’s joke too soon, not to soon… who really cares anyway!

    All I know is that I’m going to really miss Greg Giraldo’s comedy, he had a very quick comic mind, was very fast & sharp thinking- probably the best & funniest one in his pier group of comics.

    It makes me truly sad that he is now gone & that he humor has been silenced.

  30. Chaos Hellbound

    Ok, Come on realistically Greg would expect jokes about his death. I think its kind of Gilberts way of saying “R.I.P.”

  31. madmaxnggrgangbang

    gilbert looks like obama in this pic… only with less purple lips!

  32. captain america

    pffffffffffffffff”: this is a donald trump-person at a psychiatrist.

  33. Motorboat Captain

    I laughed.

  34. Mickey

    go gilbert, go!

  35. daniel gallie

    Greg made the fantastic joke about David Carridine, “a sympathetic..” paraphrasing something. i’m sure he wouldn’t laugh Gilblert’s jokes about his death HOW DARE YOU!!!

  36. noodle

    i think, with gregs brand of comedy that he would have laughed at this. also, it is a pity that he will be associated with that show. i didnt even know he was a judge on there. ive always just known him as a legendary stand up comic.

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