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Remembering Mitch Hedberg

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mon Rominee, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    It says "allegedly passed away." They don't know either.
  2. Like Abe Vigoda?

  3. what is this thread about anyways?
  4. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    I thought he was talking about Terri Schiavo passing. :confused:
  5. i see

    why doesn't anybody just come out and say it?
  6. invisiman


    Feb 22, 2004
    I think it'd be about Mitch's passing, judging from the topic title.
  7. that sucks

    a lot
  8. Yup. It does. I know every person has their demons. I know near the end Mitch was a bit more messed up than usual. I heard rumors of him breaking down on stage recently. I think it's just terribly sad. I heard him on Stern a few weeks ago, and his candor was good, and his self-depriciative wit was spot on...

    RIP Mitch.
  9. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central

    Oh god....I don't know what to say. This is an utter tragedy.

    RIP Mitch.
  10. This is awful. He was absolutely original and hilarious. I love his riffs on the forest fire frog and the Pringles.

    RIP Mitch:bawl:
  12. Well...
    Abe Vigoda is still alive.



    "Vigoda remained in high demand in mafioso type roles, and for a while in the mid 1980s , he was mistakenly believed to have been dead, leading producers to ask "I need an Abe Vigoda type actor", but not realising Vigoda was still alive and well."

    RIP Mitch
  13. Hurley


    Feb 12, 2004
    Cape Cod, MA
    I didn't know who it was until I saw those clips on the CC site. Damn. He was one of my favorites. :( :crying:
  14. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    What a bummer... :(

    brad cook
  15. Dave Siff

    Dave Siff Supporting Member

    Major bummer. Without a doubt, one of the funniest comedians I've ever heard. Way too young to die.
  16. Here's an official report (if you will)

    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."

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

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    I was so hoping that Mon Rominee's first post was wrong. This really sucks; I was looking forward to catching him live the next time he came through DC.
  18. i know...i wish this was all a big april fools day joke come early...i was going to finally get to see him when he came through St. Peter, MN...

    i just can't get over it...
    to me he is going to be one of those people you just don't accept the death of...like elvis for a lot of people.

  19. He was hilarious, and I'll miss him. RIP, Mitch.