On April Fool’s Day 2005, Mitch Hedberg died and the world instantly became a lesser place because of it.
On the strength of two albums worth of stand-up, Hedberg was a legend in his own time based off of his strengths in building nearly superhuman jokes and non-sequiturs off of nothing at all. If Steven Wright and Jerry Seinfeld wrote jokes together, they’d come out looking a lot like Hedberg’s material.
In the ten years since his passing, he is still missed and quoted frequently. Now, his collected works will be bundled together for the first time in the form of “The Complete Vinyl Collection,” a four-record set including 1999’s “Strategic Grill Locations,” 2003’s “Mitch All Together” and the posthumous 2005 set “Do You Believe in Gosh?” the set will also include never-before-seen video, unearthed recordings and essays on the man from comedians Mike Birbiglia, Margaret Cho and Doug Stanhope. “The Complete Vinyl Collection” comes out November 4 and retails at $100.
I used to like Mitch Hedberg. I still do, but I used to, too.