Mitchell Lee Hedberg -- (born February 24, 1968, in Saint Paul, Minnesota) was a beloved stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and trademark pitch, tone, and delivery. Hedberg's comedy typically featured several brief, humorous observations mixed with absurdity and non-sequiturs. Hedberg's comedy and on-stage persona gained him a cult following, and the Message Boards have featured several of his one-liners appearing on different threads.

According to, Mitch Hedberg was born with a heart defect for which he received extensive treatment as a child. Despite his health issues as a child, he graduated from Harding High School in Saint Paul before he began his stand-up career in 1989 at open mic nights in Florida. Two years later, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where his popularity increased. He achieved his first national exposure in 1996 by performing at the prestigious "Just for Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival," which aired on Comedy Central. Hedberg also appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" several times.

Outside of comedy, he married a Canadian comedian named Lynn Shawcroft on February 25, 1999. Also, he appeared in a few movies, including "Almost Famous," and several TV shows, such as "That '70s Show," "Dr. Katz" and "Home Movies."

On March 30, 2005, Mitch Hedberg was found dead in a hotel room in Livingston, NJ. His funeral was held at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Church in Minnesota. A posthumous album called Do You Believe In Gosh? was released in September 2008. Prior to his passing, he recorded and released two comedy albums (Strategic Grill Locations in 1999 and Mitch All Together in 2003).

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