This coming Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of comedian Mitch Hedberg’s death. And although we lost him when he was only 37 years old, he left us with what seems like a long lifetime of material. We can always listen and re-listen to his two albums, Strategic Grill Locations and Mitch All Together and his posthumous release Do You Believe in Gosh? or peep his half-hour Comedy Central Presents. And then there’s special, more unique things– like the audio below, which hasn’t been released until now.
Conducted by comedian Adam Cayton-Holland (who was an open micer at the time), this nearly 20-minute interview went down only five months before Hedberg died. The comic was on tour at the time, driving his RV — with wife, comedian Lynn Shawcroft — from town to town. “It’s 10 percent away from being a bus,” he proudly says about his new mode of transport.
Cayton-Holland, now a comic for eight years, covers a lot of ground during this chat: they talk about Hedberg’s first big break, touring with Stephen Lynch, Hedberg’s thoughts on Last Comic Standing, the possibility of him being on television (“That shit was thrust at me in the form of development deals, and I certainly had my chance to get on TV, but it didn’t pan out.”), the time some drunk woman threw a glass at him onstage, his worst show ever (hint: the Neville Brothers), a rowdy show he played with Dave Attell and Lewis Black, advice to young comics and more. So, sit back and enjoy the full chat!