Corey Adam aims to become the GWAR of Twin Cities comedy

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Partrick Strait in Arts & Leisure

Ask any up-and-coming Twin Cities comedian who has been helpful and influential in their career locally and chances are you’ll hear the name Corey Adam quite a bit. 

The 37-year-old has been one of the cornerstones of the Twin Cities comedy scene for the past decade, performing, hosting, and organizing shows that have helped countless performers gain stage time and experience. But if you haven’t seen him live onstage, you’ve probably never heard of him. Or, you’ve never heard his jokes at least.

“I just wasn’t ready to put out an album before now,” he calmly explains.

That’s all going to change this week, as Adam will be releasing his debut album of jokes. Aptly titled Jokes, it's the culmination of years of open mics and road gigs, piecing together material that he feels is good enough to represent him as a comedian.

“Some of these jokes are like six years old; others I’ve come up with in the past year,” he explains. “But I also wanted to make sure that I had enough material so that when I was ready to put out an album, it wasn’t all the same stuff I was performing too. I hate when you see a comedian, buy their album, and then it’s just all the same jokes that you just heard them tell.”

While this might be his first album of jokes, this won’t be his first album over all. Three years ago, Adam released an album of nothing but crowd work called, No Jokes.

“I needed something I could sell on the road,” he explains. The album, which was completely funded through crowdsourcing, gave Adam something to show off his abilities to potential fans, but he’s the first to admit that he didn’t feel emotionally invested.

“With the crowd work album, if people didn’t like my sick burns or whatever, I didn’t care,” he says. “It wasn’t my material or me as a product. If people don’t like this album, I’ll probably cry and quit comedy and go get a day job.” 

The album was recorded last spring at Sisyphus Brewing, where Adam hosts the weekly amateur hour open mic every Thursday. That’s why it’s only fitting that his release party will happen at Sisyphus this Thursday, taking the place of his beloved open mic for one night only. 

While the first album was many, many years in the making, Adam says he has no plans of taking a decade off to release his next work. In fact, he’s aiming to be the GWAR of comedy.

“I want to put out an album a year,” he says. “It’s sort of an homage to GWAR, who are my all-time favorite band. They’ll put out a full album with a whole storyline and a comic book and all this other stuff every other year, and in between they do albums of just music that they call ‘blood albums.’ I want to do that same thing, expect my blood albums will be crowd work and then the next year I’ll do another album of material.”

Though he (probably) won’t be sacrificing anyone onstage GWAR-style, Adam says he’s excited about what this album release show signifies for his career as a comedian.

“I’m a mousey guy from Hibbing,” he says. “And I’ve gotten better as I’ve gotten further into my art. The album itself is a reflection of my comedy and my shows. It’s honest and blemished, and I think it’s awesome that I can celebrate at a place that has been so supportive of me.”


Corey Adam album release party
$5, 8 p.m., March 15
Sisyphus Brewing
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Mark James Heath with Corey Adam at The Joke Joint

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Mark James Heath is a comedian, writer, and actor who hails from Chicago, IL now making his home in Toronto. Alumni from NBC's Stand Up for Diversity Initiative, he was spotted by Mark Breslin when opening up for Hannibal Buress. He now plays clubs, colleges, fundraisers, theatres, and private/corporate functions all over the U.S. and Canada. 
A hiphop nerd, Mjh has a poetic sensibility and dynamic rhythm that capture any audiences' ear and attention. His unique observations and experience as a husband and father give him a range of insights from politics to potty training to pop culture. Mjh is an old soul with a young energy, who approaches subjects with an open mind and a southern charm.


Corey Adam will be opening for Mark all week at the Joke Joint Comedy Club.  It will be fun.  You should come.

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Stand Up Comedy with Corey Adam in Bismarck, North Dakota (at Dakota Stage Ltd.)

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Join us for LIVE STANDUP COMEDY September 22 & 23!

Headliner Corey Adam
Featuring Adam Quesnell

Shows start at 8:00 PM, doors open at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20 online or at the door
General Admission
Concessions and cash bar available
Mature content
Seating is limited so patrons should reserve early to ensure tickets.

Show your ticket for 10% off Pre-show Dinner at Fireflour Pizzeria! 111 N 5th St in Bismarck, only a block away!

Corey Adam is going to make you laugh, no matter who you are. The pugnacious Minneapolis-born standup made his debut in 2008 and hit over 300 shows in that first year alone, honing his friendly, off-the-cuff humor and improvisational skills wherever comedy can be done. He's opened for renowned comics Louie Anderson, Steve-O, Joey Coco Diaz, Bobby Slayton, Glenn Wool, and Dave Mordal, played the top comedy clubs in Minnesota, and toured throughout the west and midwest, doing shows in clubs, hotels, bars, outdoor festivals, private parties, and even on the deck of a farm. He hosts two popular shows in the Twin Cities, the weekly El Willy's Vive! and Sisyphus Brewing's Amateur Hour! Also weekly. Corey's act is a well-polished ruckus that blends his lively personal stories with smart, friendly audience interaction.."

Adam Quesnell is a comedy-pit filled with laugh-snakes who has been entertaining audiences since before you even knew that this bio existed. Bouncing from witty social observation, to commentary on language, to biting introspection; his act walks that fine line that people often write about in bios. He recently re-located to Minneapolis, MN where he quickly became a comedian that lives in Minneapolis, MN. Aside from any club/bar/museum opening that will have him in the Midwest, Adam has performed at the Akumal Comedy Festival, Hell-Yes Fest (New Orleans), and the Comedy Exposition in Chicago. He is a Stand Up! Records Recording Artist who recorded a 7” ep dedicated to his love of Cadbury Creme Eggs, on Easter Sunday 2017.

Questions? Visit, email, or call 701-258-4998.

Laughing Matters with Robert Baril 4/08/17 (AM950)

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Comedian Robert Baril invites the funniest comedians in town to unleash their wit as they discuss the breaking news stories of the week. This week Corey Adam

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