Comedian Grabowski to come to Penn College
Can you imagine discovering your “destiny” of being a comedian two months before graduating college?
For 25-year-old Adam Grabowski, that’s exactly what happened.
The journey to professional comedy isn’t easy for most; it takes years of playing at local bars and clubs, slowly building a solid reputation. For Grabowski, it happened fairly quickly, after he stumbled onto what he calls “the college comedy circuit” two months before his college graduation in 2008.
He had every intention of attending graduate school after completing his degree in psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That all changed when he realized, well that he could make people laugh for a living.
“I didn’t know what grad school to go to,” Grabowski said. “I graduated early from college and then decided to give this [comedy] a try and it worked.”
He attained his degree in psychology with a minor in sociology, an education that, although he didn’t end up pursuing professionally, he says it does aid in his career as a comedian, or as he likes to call himself, a “life commentator.”
“I try to understand the reasoning behind everything and that can lead to comedic results,” he said.
Many comedians have a specific style of comedy; perhaps they focus on politics and current events or sex and entertainment.
Grabowski calls his style simply “funny.” He is different in that he aims not to offend, unlike most comedians.
“I pride myself on not being sexist, racist, stereotypical or offensive. My job as a comedian is to get you to look at your world in a different, more hilarious way,” a statement on his website said.
His favorite comedians are those that also have a similar style.
“I really liked Jim Gaffigan and Seinfeld growing up,” he said. “They make fun of everyday stuff so well and are not offensive in doing so.
“Kyle Cease had a direct impact on me; I opened up for him as a student at the University of Illinois and he talked with me about comedy for about three hours after the show. He taught me to cut out all the useless transitions between jokes and to talk to the audience like you would talk to your friend.”
He is particularly well-known for his humorous graphs that aid his routines. One graph shows the quality of Adam Sandler movies versus time (See photo above).
Most topics seem to touch on current events that affect college students and also topics that relate to childhood, like “old board games we played as kids.”
Since fall 2011, he has played nearly 200 shows at colleges across the United States, but he says it isn’t exhausting yet.
” Well, maybe sometimes, but I love what I do, so it’s not a problem. It’s like Derrick Rose being exhausted after a game. It doesn’t deter him from doing it again,” he said.
He’s touring so much in fact, that he doesn’t bother moving out of his parents’ house because he doesn’t want to pay rent for the whopping five days he might be there.
“I still live at home,” he said with a laugh “Don’t judge. Everyone lives at home still. At first, I did not make enough to move out, but now I’m gone so much that renting a place doesn’t make sense. There’s some months where I’m only home for five days and I don’t want to pay full rent for that,” he said.
From now through May, he’s almost entirely booked with only a few days off here and there, playing at colleges all over the East Coast and Midwest. He’s been to Pennsylvania numerous times before, but never Williamsport. He will be performing at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Although the show does not start until 8 p.m., his plans prior include making sure he gets to the hotel, checks in and gets to the venue on time.
“I will have seven shows in eight days on this Pa.-N.Y. trip, and that trip will be immediately following my Florida, Minneapolis and Nashville shows,” he said.
He changes his routine based on the area he’s playing in, but one thing for sure, he says Penn College students can expect him to “destroy Disney movies.”
For more information, visit his website at www.adamcomedy.com.