A Peek Inside Comedian Mitch Hedberg's Notebooks

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"I gotta write these jokes, so I sit at the hotel at night and think of something that's funny, and then I go get a pen and I write it down. Or, if the pen's too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain't funny," Hedberg joked at the beginning of a set. This episode from the Modern Comedian documentary series reveals that Hedberg's pen was rarely far away. He always kept a notebook on hand to jot down ideas in a characteristic all-caps scrawl. In this moving portrait, Hedberg's wife and fellow comedian, Lynn Shawcroft, shares personal stories about their creative process and life together. Shawcroft was married to Hedberg for six years until his death in 2005. She maintains his site with interviews, videos, and scanned pages from his notes. Modern Comedian is produced by Scott Moran.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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