5 Minnesota comedians to watch in 2016

Brandi Brown

Many comedians tell the tale of how they tried standup for the first time and have pursued it with everything they have ever since. Brandi Brown isn’t one of those comedians.

“I never did open mics or anything like that,” she says, “but I came back and entered the Acme contest every year. I don’t even think I wrote material until right before I would perform in the contest, either.”

While she has been in and out of the comedy scene since 2002, Brown started to come into her own around 2009–2010 when she began working as an emcee at Acme Company. Since then, she has honed a no-bullshit attitude and deadpan delivery that has attracted the attention of several major names in comedy.

“This year in general was my best year in comedy,” she says. “I opened for Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, and Jim Norton in theater shows, and I’ve opened for a lot of great comics at Acme including Wendy Liebman, Mike E. Winfield, and Tom Segura.”

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Brandi Brown

Another trait that separates Brown from her peers is a rare blend of polished stand-up comedy talent, practicality, and a desire to diversify her interests. “I had to take some time off from hitting regular mics in 2015 for personal reasons, but my goal is to do something with all this writing I’ve been stockpiling,” she says. “I’ve also got some longer-form writing and sketch that I want to circle back to, and I’m currently in school learning software development. When I’m done with that in February, I’m hoping to have a fire ‘Silicon Valley’ spec script.”

Regardless of the path Brown chooses to pursue, she seems destined to reach new heights in 2016.

Where you can see her next: Acme Comedy Company Jan. 26-30 and Mondays at 8pm for their open mic night

On Twitter: @ItsTheBrandi

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