Comedian Mike Brody spent 2017 refreshing his material and, in a sense, himself.
Since releasing his debut comedy album nearly five years ago and logging countless hours on stage in clubs all over the country, the veteran of the comedy game since 2000 had yet to record anything new.
In January, determined to get himself back on track, Brody set a deadline for himself to record a new album and reignited his creative fire. Six months later, he recorded his sophomore comedy album at Sisyphus Brewing, and this week “Sell Me a Bridge” is being released on Audible / Rooftop Comedy.
“I’m really happy with how the album recording shows went, and I think you can hear that on the album,” he says. Unlike his first album, “Sell Me a Bridge” showcases the comedian peeling back the layers of his own life and struggles, opening up about depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts, and his own personal insecurities. But in a funny way. “I wanted to dig deeper into myself this time. I wanted it to be personal and reflect who I really am,” Brody says.
To celebrate the release, Brody will be headlining three nights this weekend at Joke Joint Comedy Club, alongside Susie Saccoman, where you’ll be able to pick up the album and see why Brody has had comedy fans buzzing for nearly two decades.
For most comedians, releasing a new album is a months-, or even years-long, process of creating new material and honing it into a solid body of work. Once the recording is complete, they are able to retire those jokes and move on to something new and fresh. But with all of his newest material being written in the same calendar year, Brody is breaking the mold.
“Instead of putting out material that had been honed and maybe sterilized over the years, I decided to put out something that still felt raw and fresh and exciting as I was recording it,” says Brody, “and I think you can feel that in the delivery of it. It felt risky to me at the time to be so honest and I think it paid off.”
Though he may not have released a formal special or album in nearly half a decade, Brody has been anything but quiet. A few years back, Brody—a diehard Timberwolves fan—made a major splash nationally with his “Kevin Love Jersey Burning” video, which racked up more than 2.8 million views and landed him everywhere from ESPN to USA Today. In addition, he’s the official event comedian for the SyFy channel’s “Ghost Hunters,” and has made countless radio appearances both locally and nationally.
Mike Brody’s well-known Timberwolves K-Love video // Courtesy of Mike Brody
All of that, however, pales in comparison to the excitement he experienced during the whirlwind, break-neck pacing of his latest offering.
“This is the most excited I’ve been about comedy in a long time,” he says. “I feel rejuvenated.”
Rejuvenated enough to get back to work, and not keep fans waiting so long for his third album?
“I definitely don’t want to wait as long before I put out something new,” he says. “I’m always performing and working on new material, but now I feel like I’ve had more of an opportunity to be true to myself and I want to keep pushing that out there.”
Even now after the CDs are pressed (remember CDs?) and the ink is dry on the cover art, Brody still admits that being honest and vulnerable is equal parts fulfilling and terrifying.
“The whole process and execution of it makes me feel so much more vulnerable than before, in a good way. I used to share facts about myself on stage. Now I’m sharing feelings and emotions and it’s a bit scary, but way more rewarding.”