Mitch Hedberg

Mitch Hedberg

American stand-up comedian
Date of Birth: 24.02.1968
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Mitch Hedberg
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Unique Stage Presence and Style
  4. Personal Struggles and Tragic Death
  5. Legacy

Biography of Mitch Hedberg

Mitchell Lee 'Mitch' Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian, most known for his distinctive surrealistic humor and unique approach in his delivery.

Mitch Hedberg

Early Life and Career

Hedberg was born on February 24, 1968, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He attended Harding High School and later began his career as an improvisational comedian in Florida. After gaining experience, he moved to Seattle and started touring.

Mitch Hedberg

In 1996, Hedberg made a breakthrough in his career by appearing on "Late Night with David Letterman." He also appeared on MTV and won the Seattle Comedy Competition in 1997. The following year, he starred in the hit show "That '70s Show" on Fox.

Mitch Hedberg

By 1999, Hedberg had completed his independent film "Los Enchiladas!" where he worked as an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He also released two comedy CDs, "Mitch All Together" and "Strategic Grill Locations," and participated in the Montreal "Just For Laughs" festival in 2001.

Unique Stage Presence and Style

Hedberg had a fear of public speaking, which was evident in his stage presence. He often wore sunglasses, kept his head down, and even closed his eyes to avoid eye contact with the audience. He would sometimes hide in the depths of the stage or face away from the audience, displaying nervous movements.

During his performances, Hedberg would occasionally insert a line acknowledging that some of his jokes may not be well-received or would playfully interact with the audience, making witty remarks.

Personal Struggles and Tragic Death

Hedberg openly admitted to having a drug addiction and once humorously said, "I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to too." In May 2003, he was arrested in Austin, Texas, for possession of heroin.

Sadly, on March 30, 2005, Hedberg was found dead in a hotel room in Livingston, New Jersey. He was born with a heart defect and had undergone a challenging therapeutic course in his childhood, which was considered in determining the cause of his death. The official cause stated by the medical examiner was "multi-drug intoxication," with traces of cocaine and heroin ("speedball") found in Hedberg's system.


On June 10, 2008, "Comedy Central Records" announced the release of a posthumous album by Hedberg titled "Do You Believe in Gosh?" The album featured a performance by Hedberg at the comedy club "The Improv" in Ontario, California, in January 2005. The introduction to the album was recorded by his wife, Lynn, who mentioned that this performance was supposed to be the final part of the planned CD release.

Mitch Hedberg's unique style and humor continue to be celebrated by fans and comedians alike, and his work has left a lasting legacy in the world of stand-up comedy.