Who said, “I like to hold the microphone cord like this, I pinch it together, then I let it go, then you hear a whole bunch of jokes at once”? If you said “Mitch Hedberg,” then you already have your ticket for MitchHedberg.net Relaunch and Charity Comedy Show.
Hedberg's widow, Lynn Shawcroft, celebrates the new MitchHedberg.com with a tour featuring never-seen videos and artwork by the late comic, along with performances by Nick Thune, Garfunkel & Oates and Karen Kilgariff, who got off Facebook long enough to answer a few questions.
What have you been up to?
Not much. Mostly Facebooking.
Did you know Mitch Hedberg? Ever see him perform?
I did know Mitch and I watched him do many sets over the years. He was the kind of comic other comics would come in from outside to watch. Or come out from inside their hateful inner worlds. That second one's about me.
Any favorite Hedberg bits? Lines you wished you wrote?
The first thing that pops into my head is the joke about how wearing a turtleneck is like being strangled by a weak guy all day long. But I also love what he did in between jokes — when he'd say “all right” at the end of a bit, like he was his own backup singer. Or when he'd drop the persona for a second and laugh along with the crowd. He had a real vulnerability about him onstage that let you root for him as a human being. That's the enviable thing to me.
According to Wikipedia, Hedberg's comedy sometimes contained “paraprosdokians.” Example: “I haven't slept for 10 days, because that would be too long.” Do you use those in your act?
No, I've never even seen that word before. I always thought those were called “twisteroos.”
If Hedberg was alive today, what would he think of your comedy?
That's really none of my business.
This show benefits the Innocence Project, which exonerates wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing. Does this cause affect you in any way?
What's the worst thing you ever felt bad laughing about?
Another person's expression of love. And 9/11.
Any tips for the royal couple for staying married?
Give Ireland back to the Irish.
MitchHedberg.net Relaunch and Charity Comedy Show takes places at the Steve Allen Theatre at the Center for Inquiry-West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Tues., May 17, 8 p.m.; Tickets are $15, $12 in advance, benefits the Innocence Project.