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Mitchell Hedberg (February 24, 1968 – March 29, 2005) was an American known for his odd subject matter, stylistic elocution and memorable routines that often consisted of a string of one-line non sequiturs. He died at the age of 37 from multiple drug toxicity. Hedberg was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was the son of Swedish immigrants Arne and Mary Hedberg, and was married to Canadian comedian Lynn Shawcroft on February 25th, 1999. He graduated from Harding High School in Saint Paul.

Career: He began his career in 1989 playing open mic nights in south Florida. Two years later, in 1991, he moved to Seattle and began doing the same there, where his popularity increased. However, Hedberg did encounter some degree of difficulty. It took him more than a few years to come up with a good deal of material, and he also needed to conquer his stage fright, which was so intense that it left a mark on him throughout his career, sometimes even leading to his performing with his eyes closed, which he often incorporated into his jokes.

He first began achieving national exposure with a special on Comedy Central. Hedberg appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman ten times and became one of the show’s most successful American comedians. Hedberg was deemed the “Kurt Cobain of Stand Up Comedy” because of his long hair, laid back attitude, drug addiction, and Seattle background. Hedberg was set apart from his peers by many traits, including his unique pronunciations, an “abrupt” style of punchline delivery, and a curious stage presence that was professional-but-casual and confident-but-shy.


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  • ralfsu

    “I saw a lady with a flower, she was plucking out the petals. She was saying, “He loves me, he loves me not”. Thank God the flower can’t talk, what would it say? “Fuck, that hurts! Fuck, that hurts as well. Fuck! Leave me alone! I’m no longer pretty. And he loves you not. I could have told you I had an even number of petals.”

    24 Aug 9:28am Reply
  • Kesokuk

    Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    14 May 4:33pm Reply
  • MohabSelim2

    Sir, you have one of my bedrooms, are you aware? Don't decorate it!

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mecbirdhouse

    Every time I see a broken escalator I think of him and get rather happy then rather sad.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MohabSelim2

    That'd be funny if you were a drummer, and you grabbed two magical wands instead of drumsticks. Be pounding out the beat "1-2-3-4 Oh shit, my bass player's now a can of soup... Sorry Rick, I mean Cream of Mushroom!

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ihavesoldout

    Music tagged “a guy who likes to boat”

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    I bought a donut and they gave me a receipt for the donut... I don't need a receipt for the donut! I give you money and you give me the donut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this! I can't imagine a scenario where I would have to prove that I bought a donut. Some skeptical friend? "Don't even act like I didn't get that donut, I've got the documentation right here!"

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an ''Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order'' sign, just ''Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the CONVENIENCE!”

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • SLFV

    We've gotta keep kids off the canal

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • lagginswag

    Pancakes; all exciting at first, but by the end you’re fucking sick of ‘em

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dabigcheeze

    I saw this wino, he was eating grapes. I was like "Dude, you have to wait!"

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ahoy_hoy

    Is a hippopotamus a hippopotamus or just a really cool opotamus?

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • leoislostatsea

    I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don't need a receipt for the doughnut, man. I'll just give you the money and then you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. I just can't imagine a scenario where I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut.

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BobRozga

    absolute legend

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheVileViolater

    I used to do drugs. I still do drugs, but I used to too.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    lol stoner humor

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • azrider450

    Oh man, he was really funny.

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mattdh12

    give us a call at 1-800-I-LOVE-BRAND-NEW-CARPET

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • Anderstotten

    sorry for the convenience*

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MonaLisaEscapes

    Escalators can never break. They can only become stairs. You will never see a sign that says "Escalators now stairs. Sorry for the inconvenience." <3

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
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