Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Miss You Mitch Hedberg

In Mitch Hedberg's Comedy Central Presents special, he talks about how he's a stand-up comic, but people are always wanting him to do things related to comedy that aren't comedy, like writing for a tv show, developing a sit-com, making a movie script ["I gave a script to a guy and he said he really liked it, but he wanted me to rewrite it. I said, 'Fuck that, I'll just make a copy.'"]. He said it's like going up to a chef who's worked years at becoming a good cook and someone says, "So you're a cook, Can you farm?"

I've made a lot of pies. I'm getting good at it. I know how much sugar to include so as to not overwhelm the flavor of the provided fruit. I'm getting better at choosing which flavor extracts to put in the crust (current favorites are jasmine or almond, but I'd love to try a hazelnut if I could find it). Sometimes if I'm making a rhubarb pie, I'll add a half cup of buckwheat flour, because they're part of the same family, and it adds a nice color and nuttiness to the crust. There's a few reasons I make pies, including: I really like them, and I want people to think highly of me. This second reason creates weird situations for me.

People will try my pie or bread pudding and say, "This is really good, you should open a (bakery-cafe-pie shop)." No, I shouldn't, so stop making me a "farmer" when I'm a "cook."

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At May 12, 2009 5:10 AM, Blogger Wishydig said...

did he really say "screw that"? i remembered it differently.

At May 12, 2009 9:09 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

I think you remember it correctly. Though in weak defense, I didn't hear what word he said on his tv special.

At May 12, 2009 2:51 PM, Blogger CëRïSë said...

'Looking forward to seeing you in Lincoln! Maybe we can have some pie--ooh, or bread pudding? Maybe after some more of those amazing Blue Orchid lettuce wraps? I kind of want to get lettuce wraps and red(?) curry at Blue Orchid and then go to Thai House for spring rolls and pad Thai! Like a progressive party!

deribl (like the Hindenburg disaster!)

At May 13, 2009 12:44 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

I gave it a little thought when I first added the joke to my initial post. I thought I should put fuck since I had already linked to a bunch of his jokes with fuck in them, and it is what he said, so it wasn't like I was eliminating such content from my blog, only diverting responsibility. But I had typed screw, so I left it. And for consistency he also said cook instead of chef. Thank you as always for your clear and bright thinking.

At May 13, 2009 6:12 AM, Blogger Wishydig said...

i'm a bit of a purist when it comes to writing down stand-ups' jokes.


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