Mitch Hedberg Good Gosh
Published Nov 23, 2008Breathing fresh air into observational stand-up, Mitch Hedberg was a weirdo who coined absurd, effortless jokes and one-liners (e.g. "Dogs are always in the push-up position"), revealing a gifted writer and singular comic performer. A nervous workhorse who appeared on Letterman ten times, Hedberg released two great albums in 1999's Strategic Grill Locations and 2003's ingenious Mitch All Together. His star was rising when he overdosed on cocaine and heroin, dying in his New Jersey apartment in March 2005. At the time, Hedberg was working on new material and Comedy Central has released an unhinged performance, recorded two months before his death. Named after a phrase scribbled in his journal, Do You Believe in Gosh? was a labour of love for his widow Lynn Shawcroft and producer Jack Vaughan and, while unrealized, fans will appreciate the ad-hoc vulnerability of Mitch Hedberg's final act.