Mike Brody wants to believe. The Iowa-born comedian has been living in the Twin Cities for half a decade now and has become one of the areas hardest-working, most sought-after headliners. But as if taking the stage alone, armed with nothing but a microphone, isnt frightening enough, Brody is also an explorer in the realms of the metaphysical. Hes fascinated with the supernatural, ghosts in particular, and spends his free time hanging out in allegedly haunted locales hoping to at least glimpse the great beyond. (He writes about his experiences at ghostvillage.com.) Hes even paired his profession with his spooky hobby, having been designated the official comedian of the Atlantic Paranormal Society, the gang behind TVs The Ghost Hunters. A few times a year, between more customary gigs at clubs across the country, Brody performs paranormal-themed sets for the Ghost Hunters and their fans on the convention circuit. His shows this weekend at the Joke Joint wont be specter-centric; his act is a smart, exceptionally polished blend of biographical bits, observations, and absurdities, delivered with an affable enthusiasm that has made him one of the metro areas favorite comics. But expect ghosts to make an appearance--if only conversationally. That begs the question, of course: Whats scarier, unexplained apparitions or bombing onstage? Bombing, big time, Brody says with a chuckle. I cant lose employment because of ghosts.
Aug. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 7, 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 8, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2009
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