The Mitch Hedberg Project (partially found unreleased MTV pilot; 2001)

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Opening graphic on The Mitch Hedberg Project.

Status: Partially Found

The Mitch Hedberg Project was an MTV pilot that was pitched in 2001 by comedian Mitch Hedberg.


Comedian Mitch Hedberg brings his friends along for a seven-day comedy tour around California. The show is a mix of interviews, stand-up comedy, and behind-the-scenes pranks.


Parts of the pilot episode are viewable without sound on YouTube. The only known copy is owned by Hedberg's friend Possum Man, but there is currently no distribution as the rights to the video are unknown. Mitch Hedberg's widow, Lynn Shawcroft, asked comedian Doug Stanhope if he had seen the pilot through Twitter in 2017.[1]

Doug Stanhope confirmed the existence of the pilot when he shared the documentary based on one of the comedians from the show.[2] As of December 2019, the full pilot is unavailable to the public.


  • Mitch Hedberg
  • Lynn Shawcroft (Comedian & Mitch Hedberg's wife)
  • Chuck (Bass player and comedian)
  • Rico (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Eddie "The Possum Man" Carnavale (Comedian)
  • Doug Stanhope


Documentary about Possum Man, one of the comics on the tour, featuring footage from the unreleased pilot.