I used to like Mitch Hedberg. I still do, but I used to, too

Comedian has been dead 7 years but his jokes are alive and well

WRITTEN BY: Kara Menini
Mitch Hedberg
Image Source: cudmore via Flickr
Mitch Hedberg

Mitch Hedberg has been gone for seven years already, and although the anniversary of his death was a couple weeks ago, people are still remembering Mitch Hedberg for his unique stage presence, classic one-liners and color-tinted sun glasses.

Mitch Hedberg was 37-years-old when he passed away on March 30, 2005. He was found dead in his hotel room in Livingston, New Jersey, and the official cause of death was related to cocaine and heroin use. However, Mitch Hedberg was born with a heart defect, and there are those who still believe his death was resulted from heart failure from this defect. His death was announced on April 1, leaving his cult-like following to believe it was an April Fools’ joke.

Mitch Hedberg appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman ten times and landed a role in Almost Famous as the Eagles’ road manager as well as a spot on an episode of That 70’s Show.

Though Mitch Hedberg had been dubbed “the next Seinfeld” by Time magazine, his unique manner of a semi-mumbling, avoidance of the audience by way of long hair, sunglasses and a low hanging head and quick delivery didn’t make for an act that could easily be translated to a sitcom.

Artist Kiersten Essenpreis decided to pay tribute to Mitch Hedberg by way of wood etchings of famous Hedberg one-liners. She said, “Mitch suffered from almost paralyzing stage fright and often wore sunglasses while on stage, so he could close his eyes while speaking. I thought about this a lot will sketching up ideas for my piece, and decided that a straight-forward portrait of Mitch would not suit him. To me, his words are really what he’d most likely prefer to be remembered for, so I tested out a new technique and created 8 small, wood etchings of my favorite quotes.”

Check out the wood-etchings here!

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