The comedy world lost an innovator back in 2005 when Mitch Hedberg, one of the funniest men on the planet, was found dead in a New Jersey hotel room after overdosing on cocaine and heroin. He was just 37 years old.
The comedian, who Time Magazine deemed ‘the next Seinfeld,’ amassed a huge cult following for his deadpan one-liners and his keen, sometimes twisted, observations of the shortcomings of everyday life. Like these ones:
A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.
I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.
An escalator can never break, it can only become stairs.
It would have been Hedberg’s 48th birthday today, and in memoriam one fan left a perfect tribute on the gravestone in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The joke is referring to one of Hedberg’s most beloved bits about doughnuts.
I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I’ll just give you the money, and you give me the doughnut. End of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I just can’t imagine a scenario where I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend: “Don’t even act like I didn’t get that doughnut! I got the documentation right here. Oh, wait it’s at home. In the file. Under “D.”
It’s going to take everything in me not to go down the Mitch Helberg YouTube rabbit hole today.
[h/t Some E-Cards]