“I like rice. Rice is great when you're hungry and you want 2,000 of something.” That's Mitch Hedberg, and that's the kind of joke that secured his status as a master of comedy simultaneously insightful and completely absurd. Hedberg's gone now, taken too soon by cruel gods who obviously didn't get the joke, but Cinefamily celebrates his memory with “Mitch Hedberg Tribute Night,” an evening of video clips of rare live performances and TV appearances, his unreleased MTV pilot, The Mitch Hedberg Project, and remembrances by friends and fellow comedians. The night's highlight: Los Enchiladas, the 1999 feature film Hedberg wrote and directed, about slackers at a Mexican restaurant abandoned by management and left to their own devices. Speaking of food: “Every McDonald's commercial ends the same way: 'Prices and participation may vary.' I want to open a McDonald's and not participate in anything. Cheeseburgers? Nope! We got spaghetti … and blankets.”
Sun., June 14, 8 p.m., 2009
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