The latest one is focused on the late great Mitch Hedberg, who died in 2005 at the age of 37. Moran interviewed Hedberg's widow, Lynn Shawcroft, who is a comic herself. The subtitle of the film is "Mitch Was a Writer," and Shawcroft talks at length about Hedberg's writing process—he liked composing his jokes at Target's in-store cafés, we learn—and also shares many of his notebooks as well as a few recordings from club performances. (You can see some of those notebooks on the Mitch Hedberg website that Shawcroft created last year.)
All of which is catnip for a Hedberg fan, of course. But even if you're not already a devotee, the 10-minute movie provides a compelling glimpse into how a joke get from the notebook page to the Comedy Central special, with various stops in between. Check it out.
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