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Happy birthday, Mitch Hedberg

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The late comedian Mitch Hedberg would have turned 48 years old today

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So today would have been the 48th birthday of Mitch Hedberg, one of my favorite comedians.  Hedberg passed away in 2005 from an overdose -- on March 30, 2005, actually, just days before the launch of Lone Star Ball.

Hedberg is endlessly quotable, and even if you aren't familiar with him, you've probably heard some of his lines -- "An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs," for example, or "I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it."

Longtime LSB poster Brian Thomas tweeted this link into my timeline today, a piece from AV Club looking at some of Hedberg's acting roles.

Or you can watch some of his standup bits below:

On a separate note, last year, I was driving to a Rangers/Astros game and was listening to one of the comedy channels in my car.  They played a clip from Mitch's act, and I tweeted this:

Then right after Mitch, the channel played a Dane Cook clip, which freaked me out.  Then, as I was getting close to the park and there was nowhere available and the lets were all $20 (and almost full), a car backed out of a street parking spot right in front of me.  It allowed me to pull in and park for free and be close to the stadium.

That sequence of events pretty well convinced me I'm living in the Matrix.  Anyway...

Miss you, Mitch...