Comedian Mitch Hedberg dead?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by evilernie, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. evilernie macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2005
    According to comedian Mitch Hedberg has passed away. I can't find any mention of it anywhere else, but April 1st is tomorrow so unfortunately I think it's probably true. :(

    What a shame, that guy was hilarious.

    EDIT: Seems Howard took the info about Mitch's passing off of the main page, but here is a rundown from earlier this morning.
  2. Inkmonkey macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2003
    I dunno if I read the same thing as you. It says "Mitch Hedberg - Farewell to a Friend" and then the link just talks about an interview he did. I did not read the words "dead" anywhere. I know the title is deceiving but maybe you've read something on the page that I couldn't find.

    Either way he is or was a comic genius.
  3. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

    Laslo Panaflex

    May 1, 2003
    No Way! I hope he's not dead, I love that guy. I was just listening to his "Mitch Altogether" CD yesterday, I think you can get it on iTunes also.

    If he has passed on, RIP.
  4. evilernie thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2005
  5. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    So is this true or not?? Sounds like an early April fools joke. That guy was great. Saw him last year at Florida State. Great show. I can't seem to find a real article about it anywhere.
  6. evilernie thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2005
    And another...

    Posted on Thu, Mar. 31, 2005
    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.

    Matt Peiken can be reached at 651-228-5440 or
  7. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Part of the funniness was in the delivery of his jokes.
  8. qzak macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005

    yeah he was always so strung out on drugs or completely hammered when he was performing, which just made the deliveries even funnier. he was just here at Ohio State a few months ago. gonna be missed.
  9. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    what??? wow. didn't see this one coming. great guy, lotta laughs, RIP.
  10. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    My prayers are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace. :(
  11. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i have to love (one of my friend)'s reaction when she heard:

    i think he would have chuckled :)
  12. Hemingray macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    WTF?! Dammit! I sure hope this is an early April Fool's joke, because if it's not, that SUCKS!! :(

    He was one of our group of friends' favorite comedians.

    Dufrain, party of four...
  13. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Looks like it's true. It's a shame, I was a big fan. I can't help thinking drugs were involved somehow. I mean, he was only 37. So far, all everyone is saying is "cause of death unknown".
  14. jiv3turkey748 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2004
    mitch hedburgs so funny if hes dead that would suck

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