• Greg Giraldo benefit to be held at comedian's alma mater

    Greg GiraldoHot on the heels of last week‘s huge benefit show at the Beacon Theater in New York for the family of Greg Giraldo, comes a two-night celebration of the well-loved comedian– this time, it’s going down at Columbia University, Greg’s alma mater.

    From March 7 – 8, at the Ivy League school’s Miller Theatre, comedians like Christian Finnegan, Ted Alexandro, Robert Kelly and Dwayne Perkins as well as Columbia alums comedians like Reese Waters and Gabe Liedman are set to perform. More names are still being added; so, you should keep checking the event’s Facebook page for updates.

    All the proceeds of the shows will go toward the National Youth Recovery Fund, an organization that supports children and the families of those affected by substance abuse. You can contribute to the Fund here.

    Giraldo died from the effects of an accidental overdose on Sept. 29, 2010; he was only 44. It was well known in the comedy community that Giraldo had suffered from severe depression and as a result had been self medicating — on and off — for years.

    “I want all children with parents suffering from addiction to learn how to separate the disease from the parent they love and to learn the skills they need to live whole and productive lives, which includes being free to be children,” MaryAnn said of The Greg Giraldo Fund For Children Living in Families with Addiction. “I’ve launched this effort to give more children like mine a break from the chaos of addiction, have fun and meet other children who face the same challenges.”

    Dylan P. Gadino

    Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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