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Comedian mitch hedberg passes away?


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#1 of 31 Philip_G

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Posted March 31 2005 - 04:40 AM

None of the major news sources are carrying it yet

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#2 of 31 Todd K

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Posted March 31 2005 - 05:08 AM

I just called the Baltimore Improv, where he's supposed to perform tonight, and they said that his manager will be giving an official report at 2 o'clock pm today.

#3 of 31 Mike Slade

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Posted March 31 2005 - 05:26 AM

This is sad. I just saw his show a few weeks ago. I have to say he looked in pretty bad shape that night. I've seen him several times and the last two his act was pretty bad. Very incoherent.

Also saw this in the USA Today Hip Clicks column:

Remembering a funnyman: This morning Howard Stern announced that comedian Mitch Hedberg, a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and a favorite on college campuses, has died at age 37. A spokesman for Hedberg's agent just confirmed to me that it's true.

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Posted March 31 2005 - 05:29 AM

I first heard his act 4 years ago. One of the only genuinely fresh comics out there. A genious in his own way.

Sad... 37 years old. Wonder what did it to him? If he's following in the traditions of comics past... it was drugs, and it wouldn't be a surprise either.

I listened to his album from the Laugh Stop this morning when I showed up at work in memory.

#5 of 31 Mike Slade

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Posted March 31 2005 - 05:34 AM

I just read on another message board that it was a drug overdose, which would not surprise me. Especially after seeing him that last time.

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Posted March 31 2005 - 06:02 AM

I really regret not seeing him when I had the chance. i also thought That 70's Show missed a great opportunity when Chong went in the slammer to feature Mitch more (he worked at the Hub behind the counter in at least one episode).

#7 of 31 Philip_G

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Posted March 31 2005 - 06:04 AM

definitely not a joke Posted Image

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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.

Matt Peiken can be reached at 651-228-5440 or mpeiken@pioneerpress.com.


#8 of 31 Todd K

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Posted March 31 2005 - 06:16 AM

I'm still not 100% convinced -- if you do a google news search for Mitch Hedberg, there is a news story posted 4 minutes AFTER the obituary that is just a bio piece on him and makes no mention of his death. Weird!

However, the Baltimore Improv site now has no reference to Mitch whatsoever. Any ticket holders here been informed of anything?

#9 of 31 Philip_G

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Posted March 31 2005 - 06:23 AM

http://www.improv2.com/

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Posted March 31 2005 - 10:53 AM

I have tickets to the Saturday night show at the Improv in Baltimore. No one answered when I tried calling, nor is there a recording.

Mitch has been a long time favorite of mine. I always get tickets when he comes to town and it never gets old. It's a shame more people haven't heard of him... he's one of the all time best.

He will be missed.


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Posted March 31 2005 - 11:03 AM

Yeah, I heard about it this morning from Howard Stern, truly sad news, he was hilarious.

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Posted March 31 2005 - 11:49 AM

This is sad news. I wasn't his biggest fan but I know my buddies are. They are going to have a sad night, tonight.
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Posted March 31 2005 - 12:31 PM

Sad. He was one of my top 3 comedians of all-time. Posted Image
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#14 of 31 Philip_G

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Posted March 31 2005 - 01:02 PM

luckily I was able to see him live a few years ago, I didn't get to catch him on the com. cen. tour with dave attel and lewis black though Posted Image

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Posted March 31 2005 - 01:59 PM

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Posted April 01 2005 - 12:27 AM

I stopped by Best Buy last night and picked up his latest CD, "Mitch Altogether." Included was a DVD with an uncut version of his Comedy Central special. The special that actually aired was cut to hell! The entire vibe of the show was lost after all the editing.

He starts off bombing pretty badly, which you don't see on TV because lots of bogus laughs are added. Mitch comments extensively about his jokes not working but winds up with the crowd in his back pocket by shows end. At one point he announces, "My special is now over, but I'm going to tell a few more so they can be edited in! My special is going to be all cut up and shit! It's not going to be smooth." Then the foul language starts flying and we get to see some real vintage Mitch. No resemblence to what aired on TV. Hilarous stuff.

I would highly suggest to any fan of Mitch to go grab a copy.

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Posted April 01 2005 - 01:26 AM

My roommate's got that CD and although I've listened to the cd I never got around to the DVD. I think it's time I do that.

Usatoday has a little more info about him today.
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Posted April 01 2005 - 11:57 AM

RIP mitch

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Posted April 01 2005 - 12:14 PM

I didn't know he was in Almost Famous.
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Posted April 02 2005 - 06:39 AM

Comedy Central reran his show last night and tacked on a short obituary notice at the end. He will be missed.
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