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Remembering Greg Giraldo, The Greatest Roast Comedian That Ever Lived

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Roast In Peace, Greg.

Six years ago, Greg Giraldo died of an apparent drug overdose. Any stand-up comedy fan will tell you that Giraldo, the son of a Colombian immigrant, was one of the best roast comedians ever. And they’d be right. No one could match his acerbic tongue and quick wit–not surprising given that Giraldo was a former lawyer with two Ivy League degrees (Columbia for undergrad, Harvard for law school).

But what made Greg Giraldo truly great is his ability to not only identify the bulls**t, but to bring it front and center. As my colleague Lucas Molandes once put it:

Whether it was a roast or his live show, Greg was an assassin of the hypocrisy, frustrations and ignorance that most people wouldn’t have noticed without him. And he never came off cruel during his most aggressive moments on stage. He wasn’t spiteful. He wasn’t an insult comic. He was passionate. Watching Greg was like watching a Bushido slice open the bloated stomach of society. And in those short moments he was on stage, we lived his frustrations and experienced a sense of strength that can only come from being so vulnerable.

Giraldo showed us that the truth was so ugly it’d make you want to laugh and cry.

And for good measure, here’s one of my favorite bits of his. In it, Giraldo masterfully dissects what it feels like to be considered not Latino enough, the hypocrisy of anti-immigration rhetoric, and how terribly Latinos are portrayed in media. He does this all in under four minutes.

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Greg Giraldo was not as famous as he should’ve been (a tired joke that people who introduced him at roasts would make repeatedly), but his comedy clearly still had enough of an impact on me that I spent the better part of my morning remembering just how great he truly was. I encourage you to do the same.


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Houston's Taco Trucks Are Getting Politically Active

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Houston’s Taco Trucks Are Getting Politically Active

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From now until October 11th, Houston-area taco trucks will help citizens register to vote.

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The politically active taco trucks are the result of design firm Rigsby Hull and Mi Familia Vota, an organization working to raise political involvement in the Latino community, teaming up. Taco trucks became an unlikely but welcome symbol of anti-immigration rhetoric several weeks ago, when Marco Gutierrez attempted to shame taco trucks on MSNBC several weeks back. During his brief interview, “Latinos For Trump” founder Gutierrez claimed that rampant immigration would lead to “taco trucks [on] every corner.” His sentiments were thoroughly ridiculed on social media, as people from all backgrounds came out in defense of the beloved taco trucks.

I’ll have my tacos with a side of democracy.

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The taco trucks are not official voter registrars, Texas Monthly points out, so the campaign’s efforts are restricted to “handing out the forms and pointing people in the direction of the nearest mailbox.” This might sound like a small gesture, but any gesture is better than what has been the norm to this point. Texas has one of the highest populations of Latinos in the U.S., but only a small percentage of eligible Latino voters ever actually vote. This kind of outreach should help bring awareness and purpose to people that have traditionally felt disenfranchised from the whole process.

This is just another reason to love taco trucks.

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Let’s be honest, having the added incentive to become a registered voter is as delicious as it is dangerous. No one ever needs an excuse to grab something from a taco truck. There have been times when I’ve just gotten done eating a full meal and I smell a nearby truck, next thing I know I’m housing several tacos. So what. If you give me the chance to register to vote at the truck, I’m totally going to use that to my advantage. Not only is it my duty as a responsible member of society to spread awareness, it’s also a great excuse to eat at a taco truck whenever I want. Yes, I’ve eaten 10 tacos already today, but that’s ’cause I’m a patriot!

If you’re in the Houston area, you can get the most current list of participating trucks here.