Greg Giraldo, popular comedian and judge on the NBC contest reality show “Last Comic Standing,” was rushed to the hospital Saturday night after paramedics revived him at a party, apparently the victim of accidentally taking too many prescription pills. According to multiple media outlets, including the New York Post, Greg Giraldo’s management company issued a statement Sunday noting that the 44-year-old comedian was in critical but stable condition at a New Jersey hospital.
“It was an accidental overdose, and he is in critical condition,” Giraldo’s management company, The Collective, told the Post. The same source said that the stand up comedian had apparently overdosed on prescription medication.
Greg Giraldo was reportedly discovered unresponsive by friends during a wild party in his hotel room in East Brunswick, New Jersey, where he was staying during a four-night gig at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, N.J.. Paramedics were able to resuscitate him and immediately transferred him to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
A common face on Comedy Central Network, Giraldo, whose incisive social and political commentary humor has brought him to the fore of the current stand up scene, has become a stock figure on the “Comedy Central Roast…” series. He joined Seth MacFarlane, Jeffrey Ross, Lisa Lampanelli, and Pam Anderson (among others) in August to roast pop culture icon David Hasselhoff.
Giraldo, a native of New York City, is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He spent less than a year as an associate lawyer before opting for a career change. As a comedian, he has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and the “Howard Stern Show;” been the focus of two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials; and appeared on numerous comedy shows over the past two decades.
Most recently, Giraldo was a panelist on NBC’s “Marriage Ref” and a judge on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”
In a twist of irony, Greg Giraldo, who is a recovering substance abuser and often jokes about his struggles, had performed at the New York Recovery Rally in New York City earlier on Saturday to mark National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
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