The untold truth of comedian Mitch Hedberg

He didn’t have his signature delivery right away

A unique comedic voice like Hedberg’s can’t appear overnight. After working for a few years in crappy restaurants, he started getting stand-up work on the road. By 1995, he got a chance to do a couple TV appearances with the likes of Janeane Garofalo.

As you can see, his delivery isn’t quite there. First, it’s super weird to see him onstage without sunglasses. Though he still has some great non sequitur lines, he’s a lot faster and lacks the relaxed confidence that would give him his inimitable delivery. Still, there are a couple classic Hedberg lines in the set: “When someone hands you a flyer, it’s like they’re saying ‘Here. You throw this away.'”

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