Sunday, May 25, 2008

rediscovering hedberg

i really really like stand up comedy. when i first came to the us i wasn't the tv expert i am now. i mean i knew what to watch when to watch in india but it took time for me to discover excellent shows on various channels here. one of the first things i got hooked onto was premium blend every friday on comedy central. i remember watching this one guy and i could never remember his name. all i knew was that he had long hair and he told brilliant jokes. something about a receipt for a donut and when people go missing at restaurants. i also remember reading at the end of the show that he had died a couple of years ago. he was young. like forty something. anyway last evening i saw him again on comedy central. it was the same show i had seen before. it had my donut joke. this time i took down his name and right after the show i youtubed him and watched all his videos. mitch hedberg is his name. i read this article where they've compared him to seinfeld and seinfeld's cool and all but hedberg is hedberg man. completely original. all observational humour. and dry. no drama. this isn't chris rock. a robot could tell hedberg's jokes. only he does it better. he's just a stoner guy standing on stage talking about frogs and ducks and sandwiches. just lots of completely random stuff - like the buoyancy of citrus. google that joke. i highly recommend you watch him. if you're already a fan then hey you have excellent taste. it really sucks that he's dead though. really really sucks.

8 comments:

Art said...

Do you remember his first comedy central special when noone was getting it and he was all like im bombing on my first special and then later people started laughing and he was, i should get one hour specials.

Epiphany said...

You should check out Jeff Dunham too...

Puppy Manohar said...

Dear KPri,

Wow, further proof that you and KP are the same person. KP loves Mitch Hedburg as well.

Regards,

Puppy Manohar

Pri said...

art: awwww really? so sad paapa he's adorable.

epiphany: is that the guy with the annoying hand puppet? not a big fan. and people have got to stop sending me that damn puppet terrorist video. it's not funny.

puppy jee: no way!! i need to meet this kp person. did u get my email?

Puppy Manohar said...

Dear Ms Pri,

I replied.

Regards,

Puppy Manohar

Art said...

I couldn't resist.

1. Lewis Black
2. Dave Atell
3. Mitch Hedberg/Greg Giraldo/Daniel Tosh

On a completely unrelated note, I hope Dane Cook gets rabies of the worst kind.

Pri said...

art: love lewis black. have u been watching 'the root of all evil'? i wish he'd talk more instead of being the judge.

also this desi guy from scottland danny bhoy is super fun. talking about desi comics did u see paul varghese on last comic standing last nite? too bad he didnt make it.

Art said...

I checked them out finally. Not a big fan of the mallu guy. Danny Bhoy is ok. He stalls a lot in the middle though.

I've been wanting to get this off of my chest, and I hope you agree, but I miss comedy as... just that. I find everyone contriving situations and most aggravatingly, playing the race card ALL the time. We get it Russell Peters ( and carlos mencia and every other guy i can think of) Indians are hairy and the chinese talk funny. It's gotten to the point where that's all I hear. Hedberg tells me jokes. Bill Hicks credited me with some intelligence and Dave Atell knows im a sick SOB. Give me something new. It's frustrating if you like standup as much as I do.


Sorry for the longest comment I've ever written.