Stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg was one of those talents who left us all too soon. Unfortunately, a dangerous relationship with cocaine and heroin resulted in a drug overdose that took his life in March of 2005. Fans of stand-up comedy often lament that he isn’t around to bring his unique stage presence and joke delivery to the world today, but soon they might get some new material that will bring Mitch Hedberg’s signature comedy back into the spotlight.
Mitch Hedberg’s widow Lynn Shawcroft has been sitting on a treasure trove of new material in various forms. For years, she has found it hard to pour over this material, but now she’s decided “to become a better widow” and is working with a Los Angeles production company to digitize new material in the form of notebooks, hotel note pads, scribbled napkins, cassette tapes, and even 16mm footage, all featuring never before seen or heard material from Mitch Hedberg. That just sounds awesome. Read More »
You might be asking yourself what we’re doing writing about a forthcoming vinyl collection of performances from a stand-up comedian. Well, it just so happens that Mitch Hedberg had a small role as The Eagles road manager in Almost Famous (not to mention playing Frank Nasworthy in Lords of Dogtown), and he’s also one of the best stand-up comedians ever. Sadly, he left this world far too soon, and if you haven’t yet enjoyed his dry, simple but hilarious comedy he gave us while he was around, now is the time.
Comedy Central Records has announced the release of Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection, an assembly of all of the recorded comedy from the late comedian along with some never-before-heard recordings and a special book with stories from his wife and a few other great comics. Get the details on the Mitch Hedberg vinyl collection after the jump. Read More »
I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.
The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.