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Mike Brody

Daily from Aug. 17-19
8 p.m.

Mike Brody isn’t afraid to let people know him intimately, whether that means discussing depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts, or his insecurities. He just also wants it to be funny. “I’m trying to dig deep and talk about things that are personal to me, but I don’t want it to be a bummer,” Brody says. “I want to make people laugh at the darkest topics, because that’s when they are laughing with you instead of at you.” This week, the Twin Cities comedy staple will spend several nights at Sisyphus Brewing recording his sophomore standup album. While it has been more than five years since his last release, Brody only got working on this new material in January. “I went through some rough things in my life, and I just had this total depression writer’s block,” he recalls. “Then in January I decided that I was going to set a goal and really work towards achieving it. I ended up doing more writing in the past six months than I have the previous four years. To me, it was like when you have a hose pinched and then you let go.” He’ll perform at Thursday’s open mic in addition to his billed weekend sets.