A Comic Genius
Comedian Mitch Hedberg
Post Created by Jennifer Kiley
Post Wednesday 17th September 2014
Mitch Hedberg - A Comic Genius
Mitch Hedberg – A Comic Genius
Mitchell Lee “Mitch” Hedberg (February 24, 1968 – March 29, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery. His comedy typically featured short, sometimes one-line jokes mixed with absurd elements and non sequiturs.
Hedberg’s comedy and onstage persona gained him a cult following, with audience members sometimes shouting out the punchlines to his jokes before he could finish them.
With his rising fame in the entertainment industry, Hedberg appeared on Letterman nine plus times, signed a half-million dollar deal with Fox for a television sitcom, and was dubbed “the next Seinfeld” by Time Magazine. George Carlin and Lewis Black were reportedly among his comedian fans.
Hedberg was known to be a drug user, mentioning it in some of his jokes (e.g., “I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too”). In May 2003 he was arrested in Austin, Texas, for heroin possession.
On March 29, 2005, Hedberg was found dead in a hotel room in Livingston, New Jersey. He was 37 years old. Hedberg was born with a heart defect for which he received extensive treatment as a child. It was initially speculated that this condition may have played a part in his death. The New Jersey medical examiner’s office reported “multiple drug toxicity” in the form of cocaine and heroin as the official cause of death.
Hedberg’s death was formally announced on April 1, 2005, leading many to believe it was an April Fool’s joke, only to find out later that it was not.
Hedberg had an interview in the December 2001 issue of Penthouse. In the interview, published three years before his death, he was asked “If you could choose, how would you end your life?” His response: “First, I’d want to get famous, and then I’d overdose. If I overdosed at this stage in my career, I would be lucky if it made the back pages.”
A few months before his death, on October 12, 2004, Hedberg sat in on the news with Robin Quivers on The Howard Stern Show. He appeared on the show again on March 17, 2005, just 12 days before his death, and briefly discussed his drug use, saying, “Well, you know, I got the drugs under control now.” Stern responded, “Do you? You know how to take them responsibly?” Hedberg replied, “Yeah, you know, just for the creative side of it.”
[An edited down biography courtesy of Wikipedia]
I wanted to give a glimpse into who is Mitch Hedberg. I only just discovered him moments ago, before putting this piece together. He is funny. Intelligent & witty funny. He zings you then surprises you. I love his humor.
There are many videos available on YouTube. I will try to put together sections from his routines & post here on ‘the secret keeper’ if possible.
Hope you find the first hit of Mitch Hedberg delightful.
Dying at 37 is really f*cked up & from a drug overdose makes it even more f*cked up. I would love to hear what he would say about what is happening now. In the present of now as it moves through time.
Hope he’s hanging out with Bill Hicks & George Carlin & Lenny Bruce. So many to choose from but the three comedians I mentioned, I think Mitch Hedberg would fit into that group very smoothly. <3 jennifer kiley
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