This is one of those stories that came out of the blue. I saw the word “laughter” and went TOTALLY BLANK. I had no idea what to write, but I went through the motions of drawing the frame and doing the lettering, and part way through the title lettering Mitch Hedberg came rolling through me. I feel like I could write an entire essay on him and on comedy in general. Maybe I will. I’ve only seen a handful of shows and his was certainly the only “name” show that I’ve seen, but I’ll never forget seeing him walk out on the stage brushing past my seat on his way up. He really was an original, with an observational style that echoed Steven Wright’s dry, one off observations. It’s still hard to adequately describe Hedberg’s style and manner. People have called him the slacker comedian because he did look like a guy that had walked out of a Richard Linklater film, but there was more to him than that. I feel like quoting his lines and jokes doesn’t do him justice because so much of his humor came from the way he talked and his delivery. Luckily through the MAGIC of the internet, I don’t have to try – you can see for yourself:
On the day that they announced his death I wrote to Chris, the guy who introduced me to Hedberg. He lamented the loss of this original voice and wondered how there could be justice in a world where Hedberg was gone yet Carrot Top still walked the planet. Comedy nerds, man. You gotta love them.