Today marks what would have been the 48th birthday of Mitch Hedberg, the beloved alt icon who fatally overdosed in 2005 at age 37. I conducted an interview with Hedberg less than six months before he died, later excerpted under the title “The Mitch is Back in Town” in the October 21-27, 2004 issue of Las Vegas Weekly.
The full original transcript below includes his thoughts on touring with Stephen Lynch, Dave Attell and Lewis Black, disappointment with Los Enchiladas!, pissing off David Letterman, the benefits of being a road dog, pitching sandwiches, and opinions on comics including Dane Cook, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steve Marin, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, Todd Barry and Marc Maron.
Part 2 concludes next week.
How did your tour with Stephen Lynch come about?
Well all right, last year I toured with Dave Attell and Lewis Black, and the same promoter who put that together [Geof Wills], I told him I want to tour again, but Mr. Black and Mr. Attell are busy guys, so that wasn’t going to happen again. So I guess he tried to find someone who was of equal stature, and neither of us are household names; neither of us have our own TV show, but I think both of us have our small cult following to sort of fill up – almost fill up – a small venue, so I think that’s anyway how we got hooked up. It’s based on the fact that we’ve both established enough of a crowd to play those places. We’re not an instant sellout like the Lewis Black/Dave Attell tour was, but it’s still fun. And I enjoy…I think me and Mr. Lynch are a good match and I’m glad to have met him, so this is a cool way to have met him, you know? Continue reading