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El Chuxter
03-31-2005, 03:07 PM
Comedian Mitch Hedberg has passed away at the age of young age of 37. This will be remembered as a sad day for comedy. He was a very, very funny man. :cry:

"I don't have a girlfriend. I just know a woman who would be very upset if she heard me say that." :beard:

Comedian Mitch Hedberg dead at 37
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."

03-31-2005, 03:20 PM
Yeah I heard the news this morning on Howard Stern. A sad end for a very talented comic. RIP Mitch. :cry:

James Boba Fettfield
03-31-2005, 04:53 PM
Gone too early. Like Hicks, Kinison, Bruce . . . short lives, always wanting to see something longer like Rodney.

03-31-2005, 05:54 PM
Man, this is so surprising, I wasn't a "huge fan" but I really liked the stuff I heard from his act, his comedy always made me laugh. And the first thing I thought when I saw the title was "is this an early April Fools joke?", but probably not. Either way, it's far too young to fade out like that.

03-31-2005, 06:20 PM
A very talented and unique comic.

He'll be missed.

03-31-2005, 06:58 PM
My wife and I were huge fans!

This is very sad news, we would have loved to have seen his act in person. He was a tremendous talent and he will be missed. :cry:

Imperial Monarche
03-31-2005, 10:18 PM
This is terrible news. I have both of his cd's and was a huge fan. My wife and I find ourselves constantly quoting his lines from his acts.

03-31-2005, 11:47 PM
he was ok, but i always confused him w/zack galifanakis, i.e. another standup who grafts music/new-age/hippy stylings onto his act :cheeky:

04-01-2005, 01:57 AM
Wow, this is so surprising. I've always thought he was hilarious and I've got his CD. He was in town a couple months ago and I wasn't able to make the show unfortunately.

04-01-2005, 07:11 AM
This is very sad. He was one of the funnier comics I ever watched and wasn't gimmicky like most of them. He just simply sat there and did his little thing in a monotone voice. Here's an article I read earlier that has some of more notable one liners. Link. (http://www.thedotdotdot.com/humor/hedberg.html)

04-01-2005, 12:11 PM

I couldn't believe the thread title when I saw it.

I was just looking for pics of him too on the net to make an avatar, I will definately need to get one now.