Mitch Hedberg’s entire body of previously recorded work will be available on Nov. 4 through Comedy Central Records as a limited edition box set. Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection, executive produced by Hedberg’s wife, comedian Lynn Shawcroft, will include 12-inch vinyl editions of all three Hedberg albums: Strategic Grill Locations (which was self-released in 1999 and then re-released by Comedy Central years later), Mitch All Together (2003) and Do You Believe in Gosh?, which was released in 2008, three years after Hedberg died at the age of 37 of a drug overdose.
Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection will also include a 36-page book packed with original essays by Margaret Cho, Mike Birbiglia and Doug Stanhope, as well as rare photos and stories by Shawcroft. And if you’re not a fan of vinyl, fear not. Comedy Central has included in the package a custom USB flash drive with digital versions of all three albums, an unedited version of Hedberg’s Comedy Central Presents from 1999, previously unreleased recordings and more.
Laughspin spoke with Shawcroft in 2011. You can read the full interview here, but I like what she said about what type of comedian Mitch was: “Well, I think there are schools of people,” Shawcroft said. “I think people are like, “Yeah, man. He just smoked a joint and fucking showed up and was the stoner,” whereas there’s an element of truth to that, Mitch was a proponent, obviously, of drugs on some level, but also daydreaming, he was a very ‘follow your dreams’ type of guy.”
“Still, he worked his ass off,” she continued. “He was focused, you know what I mean? He also wasn’t an educated type of guy. His high school wasn’t intellectual, but he channeled it, like he was a brilliant guy, into the exact right thing. He, in his life, was basically a cook, like, you know, a dude with long hair. Stoner, a young cook, and then he was a comedian. He worked, worked, and worked really hard and ended up being considered brilliant and known as this great guy.”