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Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 05:19 AM
First thing this morning on Howard. Only 37. What a bummer way to start the day.


Dufraine, party of 4.

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 05:29 AM
Holy ****ing shit.

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 05:43 AM
oh my god....thats awful. :(

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 05:45 AM
No ****ing way.

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 05:53 AM
Howard [actually Gary D'ellabate] got the info from a major comic agent. Howard was dubious until Gary and Artie assured him the agent would know. Then Craig Gass [another standup who's a show regular] called and confirmed. Said he had just been on the phone with Mitch's wife. Also confirmed by e-mail from Doug Stanhope [sp], [the standup who teamed up with Joe Rogan for the Man Show Part Deux], who was Mitch's friend.

Boozer
03-31-2005, 06:20 AM
Damn.

Cochise
03-31-2005, 06:29 AM
Only 37, that's awful.

Where might I have seen his stuff? Why'd he die?

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 06:35 AM
Where might I have seen his stuff?
He's had several standup specials, and is a favorite of Letterman's. Hippy looking guy with shoulder length hair and smoked glasses. Think Hyde from 'That 70s Show' with straight hair.
Had kind of a stoner's delivery to his lines.
Why'd he die?
Unknown at this point. Has a history of drug use, but has not been connected to his death at this point.

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 06:35 AM
Maybe this is an early April Fool's joke?

:(

Bob Dole
03-31-2005, 06:45 AM
Only 37, that's awful.

Where might I have seen his stuff? Why'd he die?

He was the first person to determine that it is not the fault of the photographers and videographers, but that Bigfoot is actually blurry.

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 06:54 AM
Did he die in the freakin United States? you would think there would be more news on this by now.

Boozer
03-31-2005, 06:57 AM
He was the first person to determine that it is not the fault of the photographers and videographers, but that Bigfoot is actually blurry.

He also thought it was really cool to smoke fake pot on a movie set with Peter Frampton; it was even cooler than smoking real pot with a guy who looks like Peter Frampton, which he had done many times.

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 06:57 AM
Did he die in the freakin United States? you think there would be more news on this by now.
He's well liked by those who have seen him, but it's not like he's Robin Williams or Jim Carrey.

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 06:58 AM
He also stated that rice is great if you're really hungry and want two-thousand of something.

Chief Henry
03-31-2005, 06:58 AM
WHo the hell is Mitch Hedburg ?

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 06:59 AM
He's well liked by those who have seen him, but it's not like he's Robin Williams or Jim Carrey.
true...

Boozer
03-31-2005, 07:00 AM
He was disappointed with his ant farm...those f*ckers didn't grow shit. And if he were to rip their legs off, they would look like snowmen.

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 07:02 AM
He would wake up in the morning and have some instant oatmeal. He would then sit and wonder "why dont I jsut make the real stuff and feel productive"

Cochise
03-31-2005, 07:04 AM
ROFL those are some great lines. RIP

Boozer
03-31-2005, 07:07 AM
One time he went into the supermarket and bought eight apples. The clerk asked him if he wanted a bag. Mitch said, "No, I juggle. But only eight, if I ever come in here asking for nine, give me a bag."

Boozer
03-31-2005, 07:08 AM
ROFL those are some great lines. RIP

It's about ten times better with the delivery (mumbled and mostly deadpan). Do yourself a favor, and pick up both of his CDs.

Bootlegged
03-31-2005, 07:09 AM
http://www.mitchhedberg.net/html/images/headshot.jpg

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 07:09 AM
If you are flamable and have legs you can not be blocking a fire exit.

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 07:11 AM
When someone hands you a flier, it's like they're saying . . here, you throw this away.

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 07:13 AM
If I was walking on a sidewalk with a tightrope walker and he fell off....

That would be totally unacceptable.

NewChief
03-31-2005, 07:14 AM
This is a cool site with tons of little quotes:

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mitch_Hedberg

How did he die, btw, BL? Has it come out yet?

Here's a few quotes:

Because of [dropping] acid, I know now that butter is way better than margarine. I saw through the bullshit.

I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut...I don't need a receipt for the doughnut - I'll just give you money and you
give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario in which I would need to prove that I bought a doughnut...Some skeptical friend, don’t even act like I didn't buy a doughnut, I've got the documentation right here...oh wait it's back home in the file...under "D", for doughnut.

I had a bag of Fritos, they were Texas grilled Fritos. These Fritos had grill marks on them. Hell yeah, reminds me of summer time, when we used to fire up the barbeque and throw down some Fritos. I can still see my dad with the apron on, better flip that Frito, dad, you know how I like mine.

I like cinnamon rolls, but I don't always have time to make a pan. That's why I wish they would sell cinnamon roll incense. Perhaps I'd rather light a stick and have my roommate wake up with false hopes.

I like vending machines, because snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at the store oftentimes I will drop it, so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential.

I opened up a container of yogurt, and under the lid it said "Please Try Again" because they were having a contest I was unaware of. But I thought I might have opened the yogurt wrong...or maybe Yoplait was trying to inspire me, 'c'mon, Mitchell, don't give up. Please try again. A message of inspiration from your friends at Yoplait. Fruit on the bottom, hope on top.

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 07:15 AM
This is a cool site with tons of little quotes:

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mitch_Hedberg

How did he die, btw, BL? Has it come out yet?
There is not a single actual confirmation of his death that I can find yet.

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 07:17 AM
Maybe they're making a movie, "Mitch Hedberg is Dead."

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 07:20 AM
F*ck! Extremely shitty.

htismaqe
03-31-2005, 07:28 AM
He's had several standup specials, and is a favorite of Letterman's. Hippy looking guy with shoulder length hair and smoked glasses. Think Hyde from 'That 70s Show' with straight hair.
Had kind of a stoner's delivery to his lines.

Unknown at this point. Has a history of drug use, but has not been connected to his death at this point.

I have a pretty good ear, and I'd swear to God he was also doing voice overs on commercials for Jimmie John's Soups and Sandwiches...

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 07:35 AM
I have a pretty good ear, and I'd swear to God he was also doing voice overs on commercials for Jimmie John's Soups and Sandwiches...
Pretty good ear

Previously a cook in a Seattle diner, Hedberg has since become an underground comedy superstar and earned the honor of being one of David Letterman’s personal favorites. Hedberg has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” 10 times and has recently become a spokesman for Jimmy John’s submarines.
http://www.easternecho.com/cgi-bin/story.cgi?7089

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 07:43 AM
Decent article for the folks who've never heard of him.

Hedberg's humor in class by itself
Comedian brings one-liners to Funny Bone

BY DANIEL NEMAN
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER

Mar 24, 2005

Comedian Mitch Hedberg has had a weird week.

Over the weekend, the band The Strokes came to his show at Caroline's in New York City. While he slept Sunday night, he bit his tongue and woke up with a sore on it. Because of the sore, he had to cancel an appearance on Carson Daly's television show Monday, and his efforts to alleviate the pain led him to postpone an interview with a reporter until after midnight Tuesday.

And now he's in Richmond performing at the Funny Bone maybe. Last night's show was canceled because he had not arrived in town on time.

A hit on "The Late Show With David Letterman," where he has appeared 10 times, and The Howard Stern Show, Hedberg is known for his tilted sense of humor. He works in quick jokes, one or two lines that he tells without connections or narrative.

"I got my hair highlighted, because I felt that some strands were more important than others."

Inevitably, he has been compared to Steven Wright, whose material is similarly disconnected and abstract. Though he admires Wright, he has never tried to copy him, he said. Although they both write short jokes and tell them without segues, he sees Wright's material as more surreal and his delivery as more mellow and deadpan.

"I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it."

Still, the 37-year-old Hedberg's delivery is fairly mellow and deadpan, too. On stage, he looks down at the floor, never at the audience, and talks in his own awkward croak of a voice.

This style, he said on the phone from New York, developed out of his initial nervousness on stage. During his first few years, he began to exaggerate certain aspects of his normal way of speaking, until finally he hit on a delivery that clicked with audiences.

"When I talk on stage the way I do in real life, conversational, people laugh less. You have to amplify," he said.

"If you could understand Morse Code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy."

He always knew he was going to be a successful entertainer but for a while he was in the wrong field. After high school, he played first bass and then guitar in a band. But he did not have confidence in his ability as a musician, and he knew he was lost without that confidence.

"I was always pretty good at making people laugh, but I never thought it was a career. Once I found out people could do it as a career, I just started going on [stage]. I knew right away it was going to work out. I liked the whole thing about being able to be your own boss, creating your own destiny."

"A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer."

At that early point in his career, when he was in his late teens and early 20s, he devoted himself to having fun -- which meant smoking a lot of pot and dropping the occasional tab of acid.

"My mind was really surging, and I thought it was really fun to apply that to writing down jokes. . . . I remember, I once took acid after work, and when I was walking home, all the way home I was writing down jokes. I still have that sheet of jokes."

He was still learning the concept of comedy at the time, he said, and it is doubtful if any of those jokes made it into his routine.

"I used to do drugs. I still do drugs. But I used to, too."

Actually, he indulges in pot much less than he used to and said that it now makes him feel anxious. But people still assume he is high most of the time now, anyway, which has hurt his career. People in the business are looking for professionalism, and they presume -- mistakenly, he insists -- that he cannot provide it.

"I don't have a girlfriend. I just know a girl who would be really mad if she heard me say that."

Hedberg enjoyed his single years on tour, when comedy groupies would pointedly make themselves available to him. But now he is married to comedian Lynn Shawcroft, who usually works with him and who is his opening act here. They met at a comedy club, he thought she was funny, and that cemented their relationship for him.

"To have someone who can go on the road with you, that helps a lot. If you have someone who stays at home, your relationship is going to fall by the wayside."

"The thing about tennis is, no matter how much you play, you'll never be as good as a wall. I played a wall, once. They're [bleeping] relentless."

Hedberg always tries to work new material into his routine, writing perhaps five new jokes a week. He is popular enough now so that audiences get his jokes. When he was first starting out, his style was so unusual that it took audiences some time to reach a comfort zone where they found his material funny.

"When I was living at home and I was trying to be funny, it was different than I am now. Me and my sister used to laugh a lot. I don't think she thinks my stand-up is funny now. I think she likes the older version of me. More ridiculous.

"We did stupid stuff together. I used to make her laugh hard, but now she doesn't laugh at me anymore."

http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031781753994

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 07:59 AM
The more time goes by the more I think this is a hoax...so close to april fools day and all...

Mark M
03-31-2005, 08:02 AM
Dude was (or maybe still is ... who knows) funny as hell. Strange delivery, but great jokes.

MM
~~:sulk:

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 08:08 AM
The more time goes by the more I think this is a hoax...so close to april fools day and all...
Well, from his website, you can check with;

Contact Josh Lieberman 310-888-2144

htismaqe
03-31-2005, 08:53 AM
This just ****ing sucks.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 09:47 AM
This just ****ing sucks.
I concur.

Iowanian
03-31-2005, 09:54 AM
I watch alot of comedians.........and I don't recall ever seeing or hearing of him.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 09:55 AM
I've seen him. We were great friends.... well, as good as friends can be from the front row to the stage. I actually felt like he was better friends with my wife. What with that creepy ogle he kept giving her to punctuate his punchlines.

pink
03-31-2005, 09:55 AM
First thing this morning on Howard. Only 37. What a bummer way to start the day.


Dufraine, party of 4.
yeah, and i hear he's gonna be buried right next to john goodman.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 10:08 AM
yeah, and i hear he's gonna be buried right next to john goodman.

Damnit! You guys know that this woman won't believe anything I tell her anymore due to that bogus Goodman story? "Hey, Mitch Hedburg died", I say. To her response, "Where did you hear that, .... ChiefsPlanet" with a cluck and a shake of the head....

That Goodman story has ruined my life. I feel like I'm living with badgranny.

gblowfish
03-31-2005, 10:11 AM
There's nothing on CNN or Yahoo News about it, and the Howard Stern site doesn't say "He's Dead" anywhere, it just says "Farewell."
Maybe John Goodman Reported him missing...

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 10:11 AM
That Goodman story has ruined my life. I feel like I'm living with badgranny.
Thats no good...I bet Skip is making a couple passes around the block GoChiefs style.

homey
03-31-2005, 10:15 AM
This is not funny. Mitch is the man.

"The Guiness book of world record should be in the Guiness book of world records for a book with the most world records."

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 10:19 AM
the Howard Stern site doesn't say "He's Dead" anywhere, it just says "Farewell."

Mitch Hedberg's official site lists today as the last update date... and there's no mention of it whatsoever.

He's supposed to do a show tonight. Maybe someone should call the club and see if it's been cancelled.

beavis
03-31-2005, 10:27 AM
Is this true, or an Andy Kaufman like stunt?

I'll run the risk of pissing everyone on this thread off, but I've seen the guy a couple of times on Comedy Central and what not, and thought he was incredibly lame. Maybe they weren't his best material or something, but I didn't find him funny at all.

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 10:35 AM
Mitch Hedberg's official site lists today as the last update date... and there's no mention of it whatsoever.

He's supposed to do a show tonight. Maybe someone should call the club and see if it's been cancelled.
The girl on the phone told me there was going to be an announcment at 2:00.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 10:53 AM
I'll run the risk of pissing everyone on this thread off, but I've seen the guy a couple of times on Comedy Central and what not, and thought he was incredibly lame. Maybe they weren't his best material or something, but I didn't find him funny at all.

I don't think there is any middle ground with Mitch. FWIW, I didn't care for him much on TV, but when I caught his act live, I became a big fan. Like any comedian, your first impression is generally lasting - which is why Robin Williams can get a laugh out of anything he does these days. I haven't seen anything truly funny out of the guy in ages, but people expect him to be funny so he is. Am I rambling?

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 10:57 AM
which is why Robin Williams can get a laugh out of anything he does these days. I haven't seen anything truly funny out of the guy in ages, but people expect him to be funny so he is.

Holy smokes. I'm not alone.

For the most part, his last HBO special was garbage. I've heard people praise it like it was the second coming.

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 10:57 AM
yeah, and i hear he's gonna be buried right next to john goodman.
Wasn't the Goodman source an online blurb for a newspaper no one had ever heard of before?
Not saying it's true or not, but if it's fake, his friends and his wife are in on it. And Howard fielded 5-6 calls this morning asking him point blank if it was a bit.

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 10:59 AM
Holy smokes. I'm not alone.

For the most part, his last HBO special was garbage. I've heard people praise it like it was the second coming.
I'm pretty critical of all stand-up. But you gotta admit his impression near the end of the show of a dude pleasuring his woman was hilarious. I thought I was going to hyperventilate.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 11:01 AM
I'm pretty critical of all stand-up. But you gotta admit his impression near the end of the show of a dude pleasuring his woman was hilarious. I thought I was going to hyperventilate.
By that point I was numb. I can't offer an objective analysis.

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 11:03 AM
which is why Robin Williams can get a laugh out of anything he does these days. I haven't seen anything truly funny out of the guy in ages, but people expect him to be funny so he is.I wholeheartedly concur.

Bootlegged
03-31-2005, 11:04 AM
I called Josh, got his voicemail.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 11:04 AM
I wholeheartedly concur.

the rambling part or the robin williams take?

Iowanian
03-31-2005, 11:06 AM
Holy smokes. I'm not alone.

For the most part, his last HBO special was garbage. I've heard people praise it like it was the second coming.


Personally, I can hardly stand to watch Robin Williams on Anything. He tries too damn hard to be over the top. If he'd cut back on the caffine, he might be funny.

The only funny thing I can think of from his HBO special, was the impression of Colonal Angus in his elbow pit with his hairy arms.

Baby Lee
03-31-2005, 11:20 AM
Up to the minute, but still speculative.

http://www.technorati.com/cosmos/search.html?url=mitch%20hedberg

Zach quoted me. I'm famous!!!

Also, IMDB forums state one of the comedy channels on Sirius has reported it, and ran a series of his bits in tribute this morning.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 11:23 AM
Zach quoted me. I'm famous!!!

No, you're not. He didn't even credit ya.

Chest Rockwell
03-31-2005, 11:30 AM
Comedy Central:

http://www.comedycentral.com/standup/central/detail.jhtml?p=/comedians/h/mitch_hedberg.xml

Look under "Bio."

All it really says is he passed away "this week."

This is pretty strange so far...and too bad.

Funny dude.

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 11:30 AM
the rambling part or the robin williams take?The "Robin Williams isn't funny anymore" part.

Ari Chi3fs
03-31-2005, 11:38 AM
He is/was my current favorite comedian. That dude is/was so funny... I hope this is a joke. :-(

KingPriest2
03-31-2005, 11:50 AM
http://www.mitchhedberg.net/

Here is the official site and mentions nothing of it.

KingPriest2
03-31-2005, 11:53 AM
The IMprov in Baltimore confirmed it. He did die last night.

htismaqe
03-31-2005, 12:04 PM
Reports are coming in from all over the place now that he died of a heroin overdose...

Considering his demeanor, the idea that he was on smack isn't all that far-fetched...

gblowfish
03-31-2005, 12:05 PM
The IMprov in Baltimore confirmed it. He did die last night.Baltimore Improv has dropped his shows from their website, nothing listed for next 3 nights, which is when he was supposed to perform.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 12:07 PM
Shit. Heroin has claimed a lot of my favorites.

gblowfish
03-31-2005, 12:09 PM
Story from St. Paul Newspaper, his home town:
Thu, Mar. 31, 2005
Comedian Mitch Hedberg dead at 37



BY MATT PEIKEN

Pioneer Press


Even family and close friends had a hard time understanding Mitch Hedberg, a St. Paul native who ran away from home and, despite living a scattershot life, became a runaway success as a standup comic.



Hedberg, whose space-case persona was as much part of his soul as it was his act, died early Wednesday morning in a New Jersey hotel room. He was 37. A medical examiner hasn't issued findings, but Hedberg's family is told he suffered a heart attack. His wife was with him.



After graduating St. Paul's Harding High School, Hedberg rose through the ranks at Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Co., and caught his big break through a Comedy Central special. He made several appearances on David Letterman's and Conan O'Brien's shows, made more Comedy Central appearances and produced two comedy CDs. His big dream, to have an HBO comedy special, was in the works.



Hedberg's one-liners, dished off in a spacy staccato, were based on absurdist, random observations. His long, dirty blond hair harkened to the image of a 1970s stoner, and his success occurred in light of, in spite of and even because of his quarter-century affair with drugs and alcohol.



"I'd probably be living in Costa Rica, eating oranges on the beach, if I wasn't doing comedy," he told the Pioneer Press last September.



"There's no two ways about — having a son in entertainment industry is challenging," his mother, Mary Hedberg, said Thursday.



She recalls being at work when her oldest daughter called in a panic to tell her Mitch had packed some brown paper bags and left home. Mary Hedberg couldn't get home in time to either see him off or talk him out of it.



"That was heartbreaking for us, but he kept in contact with us. He called as soon as the car broke down," she said. "You know, it was like putting him through college, even though he wasn't at college. But when he got his first break, we were just so thrilled for him, because we wanted him to know he was O.K., and to have that self-confidence that he could do what he wanted to do."



Louis Lee, owner of the Acme, said Hedberg not only became the Twin Cities' first breakout comedian of the 1990s but, along with Lewis Black, helped shape a national resurgence in standup comedy.



"It's very difficult for one-liner comedians to get an audience going, but when Mitch worked here, you could see the kids call out the punchline," Lee said. "Mitch made the whole comedy community realize how important good writing is. It's a huge loss."



Unlike many comics, Hedberg was demonstrably thankful to his fans. Not long ago, a group of college students in Florida, speaking with Hedberg backstage after a show, mentioned how hot their dorm room was. Hedberg surprised them the next morning by showing up to their dorm with a new air conditioner.



"Mitch presented a lot of challenges, but a lot of opportunities for traveling that we wouldn't have otherwise had, and he had a heart of gold," his mother said. "He was a brilliant comic and a wonderful person."



Dates haven't been set, but eventual visitation and services will be at Wulff Family Services, Woodlane Mortuary, in Woodbury.

NewChief
03-31-2005, 12:09 PM
Shit. Heroin has claimed a lot of my favorites.

No doubt.

Spicy McHaggis
03-31-2005, 12:16 PM
Damn this sucks. 37 is way too young to go. RIP Mitch.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 12:17 PM
I saw him live on Feb 5th. :(

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 12:54 PM
I saw him live on Feb 5th. :(
I never got to see him live. Couple years back Lewis Black & Dave Attell were doing a Comedy Central tour. The opening act in Phoenix was supposed to be Mitch, but for some reason he cancelled at the last minute and they trotted some hack out there.

I was pissed then, and I'm even more pissed now that I'll never have another chance.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 12:56 PM
I never got to see him live. Couple years back Lewis Black & Dave Attell were doing a Comedy Central tour. The opening act in Phoenix was supposed to be Mitch, but for some reason he cancelled at the last minute and they trotted some hack out there.

I was pissed then, and I'm even more pissed now that I'll never have another chance.
He drank alot during his show. He progressively got drunker as the show went on, until finally he was laying down in front of the speaker and putting the microphone up to it to create feedback, and laughing hysterically.

"I guess this isn't a motivational speaker"

Pennywise
03-31-2005, 01:06 PM
I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 01:31 PM
Up to the minute, but still speculative.

http://www.technorati.com/cosmos/search.html?url=mitch%20hedberg

Zach quoted me. I'm famous!!!

Also, IMDB forums state one of the comedy channels on Sirius has reported it, and ran a series of his bits in tribute this morning.
:)

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 01:32 PM
Aww, God.

Damnit.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 01:35 PM
Comedian Mitch Hedberg Found Dead In New Jersey Hotel Room
03.31.2005 3:13 PM EST

He was 37.

Comedian Mitch Hedberg was found dead in a New Jersey hotel room Wednesday morning, according to Minnesota's Pioneer Press. He was 37.

The cause of death has not been determined, and details concerning his death have yet to be released. The Pioneer Press reported that Hedberg's family has been told he suffered a heart attack.

The comic — who bore an uncanny resemblance to Rush frontman Geddy Lee and once explained the reason his was not a household name was because most of his fans lived in apartments — spent much of his career straddling that fine line between cult status and relatively larger stardom. Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hedberg was known for his disheveled hippie look, his relaxed, almost sedate stage manner, and his dawdling delivery — his face forever concealed behind a pair of shades and a wall of floppy bangs.

Much like Steven Wright, Hedberg was a master of the sharp-as-glass-shards one-liner ("Rice is great when you're hungry and want 2,000 of something"; "I would imagine if you understood Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy"; "When someone hands you a flier, it's like they're saying, 'Here, you throw this away.' ") His comical, almost-too-obvious observations about life's subtle peculiarities inspired Time magazine to declare the stand-up comic "the next Seinfeld" in 2000.

A frequent guest on Howard Stern's morning radio show and "Late Show With David Letterman," Hedberg's resume also included several television and film roles, including appearances on FOX's "That '70s Show," the NBC comedy series "Ed" and the animated shows "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" and "Home Movies."

Hedberg also lent his voice to Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers," played the Eagles' road manager in the film "Almost Famous" and wrote, directed, produced and starred in the 1999 independent film "Los Enchiladas!" The film centered on a small Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis, where Hedberg's character, a drifter, was working as a cook until he suddenly found himself in charge of the joint after the manager attacked a customer and the chef left for a better job.

Hedberg's first television appearance came on MTV's stand-up series "Comikaze," a gig he landed by personally pitching his act to the program's talent coordinator. In 1997, he won the grand prize at the Seattle Comedy Competition. Years of headlining club tours followed, and Hedberg eventually secured a development deal with FOX to create a sitcom, though that project never came to fruition. In 2003, Comedy Central Records issued his albums Mitch All Together and Strategic Grill Locations, and sponsored a tour with Hedberg, Lewis Black of "The Daily Show" Dave Attell of "Insomniac."

"He had a heart of gold," his mother, Mary Hedberg, told the Pioneer Press. "He was a brilliant comic and a wonderful person."

Hedberg joked often about drug abuse, but in a recent interview, he said he'd given up smoking marijuana several years ago. "For 10 years, it was amazing, but then I had to give it up because it didn't feel as good," he said. "The audience thinks I'm stoned all the time and I have to write my material that way ... so sometimes, when they come up to me after a show and ask me to join them, I just tell them I'm an undercover cop."

According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times in 2003, Hedberg spent two-and-a half-days in jail, and six weeks in a hospital bed, following his arrest in May of that year for felony heroin possession. But Hedberg said he was arrested for "possession of paraphernalia and pills and things like that. My actual bust was minor. I got a misdemeanor. People used that bust to try and prove that I was busted for having, like, a kilo of heroin on me."

A posting on Comedy Central's Web site reads, "Tragically, Mitch Hedberg passed away this week. Mitch was a beloved member of the Comedy Central family, and we join fans in our sadness. He will be missed."

— Chris Harris, with additional reporting by Gil Kaufman

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1499352/20050331/hedberg_mitch.jhtml?headlines=true

tk13
03-31-2005, 01:37 PM
Holy crap. That's terrible. RIP Mitch.

An escalator can never break. It can only become stairs...

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 01:38 PM
and once explained the reason his was not a household name was because most of his fans lived in apartments

ROFL Classic Mitch Hedberg...

This is sooo upsetting.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 01:38 PM
Last update: March 31, 2005 at 2:13 PM
St. Paul-born comedian Mitch Hedberg is dead at 37
Colin Covert, Star Tribune
March 31, 2005

St. Paul comedian Mitch Hedberg, a cult favorite on college campuses, died Wednesday while traveling on the East Coast between shows.

The cause of death was not immediately known, but Hedberg's troubles with drugs were a staple of his act. His busy touring schedule had become erratic in recent weeks. He had failed to appear for a weeklong engagement at Richmond, Va.'s Funny Bones comedy club, according to the club's spokesperson, Jessi Plucknett.

A hit on "The Late Show With David Letterman," where he has appeared 10 times, and "The Howard Stern Show," Hedberg was dubbed "the next Seinfeld" by Time magazine. But TV-series fame eluded him because his unique style of mumbled one-liners didn't lend itself to the sitcom format.

However, his two comedy CDs, "Strategic Grill Locations" and "Mitch All Together," were popular, and he wrote and directed "Los Enchiladas," a comedy, based on his experiences as a restaurant worker, that was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.

He was held in high regard among his peers. "He was the greatest comedian ever," said his close friend, Doug Stanhope of cable TV's "The Man Show."

Hedberg's act often alluded to his drug use.

"I used to do drugs. I still do drugs. But I used to, too," he often said.

Scott Hansen, who gave Hedberg his first booking at the St. Paul Comedy Gallery, said that he often smelled liquor and pot on the comedian.

Louis Lee, owner of Minneapolis's Acme Comedy Co. said he had seen deterioration in Hedberg's work in recent years. At the 2004 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, "he just destroyed the audience at the 8 p.m. show," Lee said. "Then at the midnight show, he had completely lost his timing. A genius like him can destroy himself so easily."

Dave Mordal of Elk River, a finalist on the broadcast-TV reality show "Last Comic Standing," said that Hedberg was clearly struggling with "demons" on the occasions they worked together.

"He wouldn't communicate," Mordal said. "He pulled into himself, and the more successful he became, the more he pulled in."

Hedberg, 37, was a graduate of St. Paul's Harding High School. "The Loser School," he called it, Hansen said, "but he would always go back there and they would point to him as someone who came out of there and really did something with his life."

Colin Covert is at ccovert@startribune.com.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5323039.html

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 01:39 PM
You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don't want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 01:41 PM
Comedian Mitch Hedberg Dead
Rick Ellis, Staff Writer

POSTED: 1:48 pm CST March 31, 2005
UPDATED: 1:57 pm CST March 31, 2005

Comedian Mitch Hedberg has died at the age of 37.

A spokesman for Hedberg confirmed the death Thursday afternoon, but declined to provide additional details.

Hedberg began his stand-up career in South Florida, but soon moved to Seattle, where he joined that city's thriving comedy scene. His first television appearance was on MTV's "Comikaze," a role he won by reportedly unexpectedly walking into the booking office and demanding to be booked onto the show.

A 1996 appearance at the famed Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival won him both a studio development deal and a guest appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman." The following year he won the grand prize at the Seattle Comedy Competition.

Since then, Hedberg has written, directed and starred in his own independent feature called "Los Enchiladas!" which premiered at Sundance. He had signed a development deal with Fox Television and had recently completed a reality show pilot for MTV. He has also made a number of appearances on Comedy Central, most recently on the animated series "Shorties Watchin' Shorties." He was also a frequent guest on the Howard Stern radio show.

In a recent interview with Recoilmag.com, Hedberg admitted that he had mixed feelings about his success. "Right now, I'm at a point where I'm working constantly, I make great money, and everything is fine," Hedberg said. "I live comfortably and if I live this way the rest of my life, I can't say that I'd be a failure. But yet you still feel like you can do more, so I don't know what that is. I guess I'd like to be a household name."

Copyright 2005 by NBC13.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://www.nbc13.com/entertainment/4335236/detail.html

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 01:43 PM
Posted on Thu, Mar. 31, 2005

Mitch Hedberg quotes

Compiled from the Internet

I tried walking into a Target, but I missed.

I once saw a forklift lift a crate of forks. And it was way to literal for ME.

I would imagine if you understood Morse Code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.

I was walking down the street with my friend and he said "I hear music." As though there's any other way to take it in. You're not special. That's how I receive it too...I tried to taste it, but it did not work.

I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.

You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don't want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something.

I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long.

I want to be a race car passenger: just a guy who bugs the driver. "Say man, can I turn on the radio? You should slow down. Why do we gotta keep going in circles? Can I put my feet out the window? Boy, you really like Tide."

I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.

This shirt is dry clean only. Which means...it's dirty.

I love blackjack. But I'm not addicted to gambling. I'm addicted to sitting in a semi circle.

One time a guy handed me a picture of himself and he said. "Here's a picture of me when I was younger." Every picture of you is of when you were younger. Here's a picture of me when I'm older. How'd you pull that off? Let me see that camera.

I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.

A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

My friend said to me, "You know what I like? Mashed potatoes." I was like, "Dude, you have to give me time to guess. If you're going to quiz me you have to insert a pause."

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/11278181.htm

I'm unbelievably bummed about this.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 01:43 PM
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5323039.html
Hedberg, 37, was a graduate of St. Paul's Harding High School. "The Loser School," he called it, Hansen said, "but he would always go back there and they would point to him as someone who came out of there and really did something with his life."

Yeah because "if you kill yourself, you lose a very important part of your life."

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 01:45 PM
P.S.: This is what part of the alphabet would look like if Q and R were eliminated.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 01:46 PM
A burrito is like a sleeping bag for ground beef.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 01:50 PM
One thing I've learned today is that I don't want to die on March 31st, because all the conspiracy theorists would think I was merely early for the joke.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 01:53 PM
One thing I've learned today is that I don't want to die on March 31st, because all the conspiracy theorists would think I was merely early for the joke.
Congrats. That sounds just like a Mitch joke. :thumb:

FloridaChief
03-31-2005, 01:53 PM
I opened up a container of yogurt, and under the lid it said "Please Try Again" because they were having a contest I was unaware of. But I thought I might have opened the yogurt wrong...or maybe Yoplait was trying to inspire me, 'c'mon, Mitchell, don't give up. Please try again. A message of inspiration from your friends at Yoplait. Fruit on the bottom, hope on top.

That was my fav bit of his. Believe I used it in my .sig for awhile.

Man, this sucks.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 02:01 PM
Congrats. That sounds just like a Mitch joke. :thumb:

Thanks, that's quite a compliment. I was hoping it was funny, but I'm sad and shit. **** you Mitch, **** you Farley, **** you Robert Pastorelli, **** you Belushi, **** you Joplin, **** you Blind Melon.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 02:02 PM
Blind Melon? :shake:

Phobia
03-31-2005, 02:05 PM
Blind Melon? :shake:

http://dailybeacon.utk.edu/issues/v70/n41/mel.41v.html

Ultra Peanut
03-31-2005, 02:06 PM
It's been quite the morbid week.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 02:07 PM
I know. But, you included Blind Melon, and left out Hendrix.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 02:13 PM
I know. But, you included Blind Melon, and left out Hendrix.

That's because I forgot about Hendrix.

htismaqe
03-31-2005, 02:14 PM
Well, if you're going to go beyond heroin, then you could also include Jim Morrison, Layne Staley, and about 500 others...

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 02:15 PM
Mama Cass?

|Zach|
03-31-2005, 02:15 PM
I went to the store to get some candle holders but they didn't have any.

So I got a cake.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 02:21 PM
Thanks, that's quite a compliment. I was hoping it was funny, but I'm sad and shit. **** you Mitch, **** you Farley, **** you Robert Pastorelli, **** you Belushi, **** you Joplin, **** you Blind Melon.
I understand your frustration, but you might wanna hold off on the f*ck yous for a second. Unless I've overlooked something, the only heroin part of the story has only appeared on the bloggers' sites... and I don't think any of them even attributed to anyone. I've yet to see any of the "legitimate" sources mention it.

If I have overlooked something, please point it out. I've been reading a lot of this stuff today, and it would be easy to believe that my mind muddled it a bit.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 02:24 PM
Well, if you're going to go beyond heroin, then you could also include Jim Morrison, Layne Staley, and about 500 others...
Layne Staley wasn't on heroin?

I've reconsidered my last post. Even if Mitch's death wasn't due to an OD (on heroin, or something else), I'm sure it could probably be attributed at least in part to years of drug abuse. Let the f*ck yous fly.

htismaqe
03-31-2005, 02:27 PM
Layne Staley wasn't on heroin?

I've reconsidered my last post. Even if Mitch's death wasn't due to an OD (on heroin, or something else), I'm sure it could probably be attributed at least in part to years of drug abuse. Let the f*ck yous fly.

Dude, Layne Staley was a smack FREAK. Most of those guys in that early 90's Seattle scene were...

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 02:28 PM
Dude, Layne Staley was a smack FREAK. Most of those guys in that early 90's Seattle scene were...
Did I misread your last post, then?

ptlyon
03-31-2005, 02:28 PM
Dude, Layne Staley was a smack FREAK. Most of those guys in that early 90's Seattle scene were...

Well F him too then!


Seeing where this thread will go after this post...

Pennywise
03-31-2005, 02:29 PM
Layne Staley was the biggest heroin addict the US has ever produced!

htismaqe
03-31-2005, 02:31 PM
Did I misread your last post, then?

No, sorry.

I just re-read my post and apparently I'm struggling with English today...

homey
03-31-2005, 02:34 PM
I don't know if any of you saw him in KC or not but you knew dude was on something and it was heavier than some weed. The guy couldn't even formulate words at times. I had pretty good seats and I couldn't even understand about 30% of his material. I've always been a Mitch Hedberg fan though and always will be. It'll be cool to tell my kids I got to see him before he died. Just don't know why people get hooked on that junk, you'd think they would learn by now...

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 02:44 PM
I went to a doctor and all he did was suck blood from my neck.

Do not go see dr. Acula.

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 02:47 PM
I would imagine if you understood Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.

KingPriest2
03-31-2005, 02:48 PM
This pic is on the front of his website

Saulbadguy
03-31-2005, 02:48 PM
Yeah. He went on and on about that green stool.

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 02:49 PM
This pic is on the front of his website
Not anymore. I just got a "This account has been suspended" message.

Wonder if he got so many hits today he exceeded his bandwidth limit for the month.

Phobia
03-31-2005, 02:52 PM
Not anymore. I just got a "This account has been suspended" message.

Wonder if he got so many hits today he exceeded his bandwidth limit for the month.

That's shitty.

KingPriest2
03-31-2005, 02:54 PM
Not anymore. I just got a "This account has been suspended" message.

Wonder if he got so many hits today he exceeded his bandwidth limit for the month.


Wow I just closed that window out to. Not more then 10 seconds before your post

ENDelt260
03-31-2005, 02:56 PM
Wow I just closed that window out to. Not more then 10 seconds before your post
It's all YOUR FAULT!

KingPriest2
03-31-2005, 02:57 PM
It's all YOUR FAULT!


DAMN!!! :banghead: :cuss: :deevee:

Demonpenz
03-31-2005, 04:59 PM
this moves me up on the funniest person alive list

Thig Lyfe
03-31-2005, 05:23 PM
Damn.

Mitch Hedberg was hilarious. I was planning on seeing him next time he came to town.

This sucks.

ENDelt260
04-01-2005, 09:05 AM
Pending the medical examiner's report, the cause of death appears to be heart failure, said his mother, Mary Hedberg. She said her son was born with a heart defect and frequently felt anxious about his condition.

Mary Hedberg said speculation that her son's death was drug-related was gossip.

"We don't know that for a fact," she said, but added, "it's not a secret Mitch used drugs. Whether that played a role in his death or not, we don't know."

http://images.chron.com/content/news/photos/05/04/01/mitch.jpg

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/features/3112640

Saulbadguy
04-01-2005, 09:07 AM
:( I am downloading all his appearances and stuff like that. There really is noone who has the same type of humor that he does.

Ultra Peanut
04-01-2005, 09:38 AM
:( I am downloading all his appearances and stuff like that. There really is noone who has the same type of humor that he does.So sad, and so true.

Ari Chi3fs
04-01-2005, 09:55 AM
man... why do all the great ones die so young, and all the shitty one stay around and bug you for years?

ENDelt260
04-01-2005, 09:59 AM
man... why do all the great ones die so young, and all the shitty one stay around and bug you for years?
Look on the bright side... you're ensured to have a long life.

Saulbadguy
04-01-2005, 10:00 AM
Zach recomended a guy to me named "Demetri Martin"..he's got some real simple dry humor. Check him out.

I was wrapping presents for Christmas this year when halfway through I noticed I was using the wrong wrapping paper. It said "Happy Birthday" on it, so I just wrote "Jesus" on all of them and went about my wrapping.

Duck Dog
04-01-2005, 10:05 AM
He also stated that rice is great if you're really hungry and want two-thousand of something.


That's pretty clever.

I never heard of him, wish I had.

Ari Chi3fs
04-01-2005, 11:05 AM
Look on the bright side... you're ensured to have a long life.

thanks.