Mitch Hedberg

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I ate one anchovy, and that is why I did not eat two anchovies.

Today, my friend Fox accidentally reminded me of the comedic talents of the late Mitch Hedberg. His comedy style is a rambling of one-liners that are sometimes ad-libbed, and can be obscure, child-like, and silly. But they are also genius. Many of his jokes take a bit of thought — or realisation — to understand, and on the one album I’ve heard, the audience can be slow to start laughing.

Take the joke quoted above for example. It’s simple, makes complete sense when you think about it, but is kinda child-like in its stupidity — it takes a few seconds to realise why it’s funny: that one line is the whole joke.

And I like that.

Here are some more examples, and if they tickle your fancy, buy some on iTunes.