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Adam Grabowski

Jan. 20
7:30 p.m.
Comedy, Festivals

Comedian Adam Grabowski doesn’t just want to make audiences laugh; he wants to raise awareness about mental health. The Chicago native, who studied psychology and sociology in college, suffers from depression. But it wasn’t until recently that he began speaking publicly about it. His #sayitanyway campaign encourages open dialogue. He sells bracelets inscribed with that hashtag on the outside, and “you’re not alone” on the inside. They’re colored gray, because “just like depression and mental illness, they blend in.” But the 30-year-old, now based in Los Angeles, doesn’t only talk about heavy subjects like depression onstage. He also dabbles in jokes about differences between the sexes while acknowledging that gender is on a spectrum. Grabowski has headlined in 47 states, and has appeared on America’s Got Talent. This week, he performs as part of the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival at Sabes JCC. 16+.