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Life Laughs Onward

No, this is no joke, though I wish it were. One of my very favorite standup comics of the last ten years is dead at 37 of heart failure.

Mitch Hedberg was an original in a business that thrives on imitation. He was gentle and self-effacing when everyone else was meanspirited and obnoxious. But with a quiet confidence he made you laugh and he succeeded in this harsh and grueling business despite a natural shyness that compelled him to perform with his eyes closed or partially obscured by hair. His distinctive and rhythmic delivery was intrinsic to his absurdist humor and was funny in and of itself. Mitch could be hysterical if he simply read out the phone book. A few years back, George Carlin called him the best comic of his generation.

But now he passes into the halls of the greats before he really got a chance to really show his stuff. Another instance of the good dying young while the Strom Thurmonds of the world sleep like fucking babies and live to be a hundred. We really need to change the rules in the new aeon.

My deepest condolences to Mitch's family and friends. We will all miss him.


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Apr. 4th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
we're with ya... brad and me.

we went to see mitch perform live, and the next day, brad saw him in the museum gift shop. though we both enjoyed his humor the night before, we were tickled to think that while here, mitch spent his free time at the fine arts museum.

anyway, we were sorry to read that he died, too, but very glad that we were among those whose laughter and clapping reached his ears.

Apr. 6th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
How cool to hear that you got to see him live. We only knew him from teevee (and the Comedy Central DVD), but man was he funny! -- and original, too.

I am tired of seeing good guys die. All good guys (of any gender) reading this should resolve here & now to stay alive indefinitely, dagnabbit.

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