Laugh's Comedy Spot Selected for Mitch Hedberg's Comedy Central CD Release Party

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Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland, WA will be one of the select comedy clubs across the country to participate in the long awaited COMEDY CENTRAL CD release of comedian Mitch Hedberg's "Do You Believe in Gosh" CD set on COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS on Tuesday, September 9th. Recorded two months prior to his death at 37, the album contains nearly 40 minutes of previously unreleased stand-up material.

Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland, WA will be one of the select comedy clubs across the country to participate in the long awaited release of comedian Mitch Hedberg's "Do You Believe in Gosh" CD set on COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS on Tuesday, September 9th.

Recorded two months prior to his death at 37, the album contains nearly 40 minutes of previously unreleased stand-up material. The CD captures most of the material Hedberg was working on for what would have been his next full-length album in a free-form show with a large amount of audience interaction. The album pulses with Hedberg's inimitable wit and spirit and is a document of a comedy master.

For many Hedberg fans, the event will be a bag of mixed emotions. "You know what it is," said Lynn Shawcroft, Mr. Hedberg's widow in an article written by Dave Itzkoff published in the New York Times on September 3, 2008, "it is part of letting go. And losing control a little bit." Fans can read the complete New York Times article online titled: "A Comic's Second Life, Despite a Deadly Overdose." New York Times Article on Mitch Hedberg

The release party at Laughs Comedy Spot will begin at 8:30 pm on Tuesday September 9th. COMEDY CENTRAL will be bringing a film crew to Laughs Comedy Spot, located in the waterfront city of Kirkland, Washington, to cover the event which will include on-stage talent ranging from Mitch's closest comedy friends to those young up-and-comers who were inspired by him. Each act will do standard sets and will talk about their Mitch experiences. At the end of the show, all acts will come back on stage and pass the mic, covering their favorite Hedberg material. Audience participation will be encouraged and CD's will be presented for the best impression! COMEDY CENTRAL will also show a photo montage of Hedberg prior to the start of the show and CD's will be available for purchase.

Laughs Comedy Spot was chosen to replace Seattle's Comedy Underground as one of the six release sites due to the Underground's major renovation. "We were planning on having this event as our Grand Re-Opening," said Ron Reid, manager of Seattle's Comedy Underground nightclub. "I waited as long as I could, but finally decided that I couldn't take the chance, and called Dave Dennison to see if we could have it at Laughs."

Laughs, owned by comedian Dave Dennison and his wife Angela, opened a little more than a year ago but has developed a national reputation for its headline acts, intimate setting and outstanding location. Dennison, a long time comedian and club promoter, has applied his experiences and connections to create a "first class" comedy event venue. With Hedberg having lived in Seattle for a few years, it was the perfect choice for COMEDY CENTRAL's national event.

The Comedy Underground, Seattle's oldest comedy club, served as Hedberg's "home club" for virtually all of the six years he spent developing his comedy in Seattle. After 27 years at the same location on Main Street in Pioneer Square, it was forced to move to a new location several blocks away. The re-opening is still several weeks away.

"That's the way it goes with building projects," said Reid. "I called Lynn Shawcroft and Anne Harris from Comedy Central, and we all agreed It would have been a tragedy in and of itself not to have this Mitch Hedberg tribute here. As it happens, Dave and Angela, the owners of Laughs, are close friends, and fortunately they agreed to do it. We thought we caught everything in time, but some of the advertising still came out placing the event at the Underground; but if people go to the Comedy Underground website for information about the event they will be directed to Laughs."

The event is open to the public but advance ticket sales at http://www.ticketweb.com are encouraged as the show will potentially sell out quickly. The ticket price is $10. For more information visit http://www.laughscomedy.com or call 425.823-6306. Laughs Comedy Spot is located at 12099 124th Ave. NE in Kirkland, just off I405 at exit 20.

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