Great Job, Internet!: Mitch Hedberg’s career as an actor was deeply casual, but still solid

Late comedian Mitch Hedberg, who would have turned 48 today, had a bit in his act about the pressure that successful comics face to branch out in show business and apply their talents to other ventures:

When you’re in Hollywood and you’re a comedian, everybody wants you to do things besides comedy. They say, “Okay, you’re a stand-up comedian. Can you act? Can you write? Write us a script?” It’s as though if I were a cook and I worked my ass off to become a good cook, they said, “All right, you’re a cook. Can you farm?”

Though stand-up was always Hedberg’s bread and butter, he did a fair amount of film and television acting in the late 1990s and early 2000s, often playing characters who were very much like his soft-spoken, almost drowsy onstage persona. His guest-starring role as a slightly disgruntled …

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