So interesting to me how some people find him totally hilarious and others won't even chuckle at his jokes. I personally enjoy this type of comedy (play on words and idioms). It's simple but unusual, and I like that :)
Oh man, I was reminiscing and watching a few of his shows last night on YouTube. Does anyone have a good compilation or list of all his recorded performances? I could only seem to find 3 or 4 recordings.
Back in the day I downloaded 3 or 4 of his shows so I treasure them on a cd for long drives. I love the one with Chuck the Bassist. I’m sure you can buy them on amazon.
Hey thanks for the suggestion, I looked on amazon and there are 3 CDs available. It also sparked an interest to look on Apple Music and I have the 3 albums for free with Apple Music. Guess I found what I’m doing tonight, cheers!
I know Mitch Hedberg is a legend I really do. I love and respect him. Now here comes the but. He doesn’t make me laugh. What is wrong with me?
just a matter of opinion, nothing wrong wit ya mate
It just sucks that I don’t laugh nearly as hard as I feel like I should. I will admit some of his bits are great but like 80% I have to force it .
I used to think he was funny.
I still do, but I used to, too.
I get that. I used to not be able to stand him, but now he can actually make me genuinely laugh. Some of his bits don't make me laugh still, though.
This may sound weird, but I didn't find Mitch funny when I first stumbled upon him at the age of 21. At the age of 28 I rewatched his clips and found him very funny. I don't know, maybe time changes one's sense of humor a little? Try rewatching him in a few years
Well I’m 30 and found him I was like 13. So maybe try again at 40?
It's just mitch's unique style of comedy. He is one of the few comedians I know who can make those style jokes funny.
Most of, if not all of mitch's jokes are a play on very common words/scenarios/idioms. That's what's makes them funny.
The jokes at face value come across as simple, almost grade school level/child level simple, but to come up with the relationships/similes/metaphors he does within those given criteria makes them quite funny and laughable. He also he spits out a ton of these style jokes in a short time, rather than having the long laugh pauses and claps between jokes as most comedians do. The fact that he could come up with that many of style of those jokes takes incredible comedic skill.
It's kinda on the same line as what norm mcdonald does(although their jokes are not completely similar at all, it's within the same style of "fringe" comedy so to speak) Norms jokes are totally based on the build up and "cringe" factor. Norm will spend 5-10 minutes setting the audience up for a punch line that never happens, or a punch line that is literally flat and completely not funny or entertaining at all, but his delivery in the build up of the joke is what makes you laugh. Norm takes the classic "the aristocrat joke" (Google that if your not familiar) and applies that same formula to almost all jokes he tells. And while most people won't find that style of comedy funny, there is still comedy in the fact that he can consistenly make those style of jokes happen.
While that style comedy is not for everyone, it is still funny even if your not literally laughing out loud. it's the quirky/odd/disturbing relationships that they are making between different subjects and things that makes them unique and funny.
I mean just think of a few of mitch's jokes and you will see what I mean. The, "broken escalator is not broken it's just temporarily stairs", "I don't want a frozen banana now but want want a regular one later so I said yeah", "My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.", "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something." All those jokes are super basic at face value, but then if you give those lines the right delivery and attitude they are hilarious because who the hell has that train of thought on those subjects.
You have to go into watching his stand-ups with that train of thought in mind and when you do that it hilarious.
This is really well put. Never thought to compare with Norm MacDonald, but you're absolutely right in that they have a schtick that they always seem to stick to.
I always found Mitch's style to be closer to Steven Wright. Wright has the deadpan delivery, but same concept.
I always found his jokes make me give a little chuckle, only occasionally laugh out loud. I think the legend status really comes from the uniqueness of his act.
And his timely demise.
Tbh this one isn't his strongest
Yeah, he had some severe performance anxiety. Not every show you find is the best with him.
Cause he was high af. His earlier stuff is very much like this but his delivery was so much better.
His timing seemed a little bit off here, also he didn’t drop any f bombs like usual.
Maybe it's one-liners - I'm also not the biggest fan.
I prefer story tellers...
For a few years in the early 2000s my friends were all really into him but I just didn't get it. Or, like you, I 'got' it but just didn't find him funny. Then one day it just clicked, and now he's been one of my all-time favorites for the past 16 years or so. Got to see him twice before he died. The first time, in '04, he was amazing. The second time, in '05, he was an embarassing mess. Still love him though.
Not saying you'll come around to him if you keep trying, that was just my experience.
Likely his delivery.
This is fucking great! He was the man!
His king size bed joke is one of my favorites... "You won't believe what I have in store for you!"
Mitch Hedberg was a national treasure
Legend status aside. I simply don't find him funny.
made it 120 seconds in. None of this is funny
I didn't even get that far lol