I caught Mitch Hedberg live in Montreal last summer as part of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. In a sea of stand-up comedians, he rose to the surface and was easily the best comic I saw the whole time I was there. Today, reports indicate that he’s dead at 37. The details are still sketchy, but no matter what, it’s certainly a tragedy. His routine was classic, perfect for fans of Steven Wright or Rodney Dangerfield.
Some of his best lines:
“When someone hands you a flier, it’s like they’re saying here you throw this away.”
“I would imagine if you understood Morse Code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.”
“It’s very dangerous to wave to people you don’t know because what if they don’t have hands? They’ll think you’re cocky.”
“Alcoholism is a disease, but it’s the only one you can get yelled at for having. ‘Goddamn it Otto, you are an alcoholic.’ ‘Goddamn it Otto, you have Lupis’… one of those two doesn’t sound right.”
“So, I sit at the hotel at night and I think of something that’s funny. Or, If the pen is too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of wasn’t funny.”
Check out this report on the death from MTV.