Carl Donnelly

The comedian tells us about his comedy hero Mitch Hedberg

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Carl Donnelly

Picking one comedy hero is much harder than it sounds, especially for me as I don’t seem to have had the standard path to becoming a stand-up myself. Comedians tend to talk about how they grew up listening to Richard Pryor albums but I actually watched very little stand-up before I became one. I have a few childhood memories that may have planted the comedy seed in my head (watching my brother’s copy of Eddie Murphy’s Delirious when I was 11 or rolling around laughing at Dave Allen’s show without even knowing what half of the jokes were about!) but until I first went to live comedy at the age of 20, I didn’t have a massive interest in stand-up let alone have a comedy hero!

Once I started out on the open mic circuit, that all changed. I went back and listened to the greats. I fell in love with Pryor, Hicks, Carlin etc but in late 2004 I stumbled across Mitch Hedberg’s first album and everything fell into place. I was still looking for my own comedy voice and was trying to be edgy and slick onstage as I thought that was what you were meant to be; but hearing Mitch made me realise that there were no hard and fast rules.

He had an incredibly silly world view and a totally honest, almost slapdash approach to comedy (while still writing incredible jokes). Overnight, it changed how I viewed stand-up and gave me the inspiration to be honest and silly and, more importantly, myself. When Mitch died in March 2005, I was genuinely devastated. Despite having never seen him live or meeting him, he is the person that had the most influence on my comedy.

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Fridays are awesome. So is comedy. The Stand has considered both these things. Enjoy. Fri 7 Oct: Magnificent Martin Mor hosts, with intelligent with from Rudi Lickwood alongside Steven Dick and Chris Brooker. Fri 14 Oct: Offbeat stories and observations from that there Carl Donnelly, accompanied along the way by Stephen…

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