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Here is a list of the open mics I've reviewed that are currently running! If you spot a mistake or know the mic is dead, please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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JUST ADDED 4/21 Not 2 Polished in Echo Park, Chapter One in Santa Ana, 4/15 Moment Hotel in Los Angeles and Local Coin Laundry in Los Angeles 4/4 Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, Namba Arts in Ventura, Onyx Lounge in Downtown LA, Down & Out in Downtown LA, Toasted and Roasted in Los Angeles, and Geeky Teas and Games in Burbank. 3/8 Bang Bang Room in DTLA, Hermosa Saloon in Hermosa Beach, 2/22 Dirtbaggers Bar in Long Beach, Harvard Yard Bar in Los Angeles, 2/17 Marlin Bar and Grill in Huntington Beach, 2/13 Hollywood Fourth Wall in Los Angeles, 1/31 Finn McCool’s in Santa Monica, 1/24 BriteStar Tavern in Glendora, ACME Comedy in North Hollywood.
Burbank-North Hollywood-The Valley
MON-SUN The Haha Cafe 4712 Lankershim Blvd Sign up at 5pm. $5 for 5 minutes or $10 for 10.
DAILY The Haha Cafe (Update Patio Mic) Sign up at 7:30, starts at 8pm. $5 for 5 or $10 for 10.
MON-SUN The Fourth Wall 11674 Burbank Blvd. Sign up at 7:30pm. $5 entry. 6-10 minutes.
MON Schoonerville 8901 De Soto Ave, Canoga Park. Sign up 7:45pm. No purchase necessary. 6-8 minutes.
TUES Cahuenga General Store 5510 Cahuenga Blvd. Sign up 7:30pm. Lottery. $7 purchase. 7-10 minutes.
TUES The Other Door 10437 Burbank Blvd, NOHO. To get a booked spot, email email@example.com by Monday at 5pm. Otherwise, Sign up at 8pm for lottery. 5 mins.
TUES Oaks Tavern 13625 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks. Sign up 7:30. Starts at 8pm. 1 item min. 3 minutes.
TUES Maui Sugar Mill Saloon 18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana. Sign up in advance or in person at 7:30pm. Starts at 8. Mixed mic. 2 drink-minimum. 2 songs or 7 minutes.
TUES The Cork Lounge 5043 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks. Starts at 8pm. Lottery. 1 item minimum. Mixed mic. 6-8 minutes.
TUES Flappers Bar 102 East Magnolia Blvd, Burbank. Sign up 8pm. Lottery. 1-item minimum.
WED Geeky Teas & Games 2220 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank. Sign up 7:30, starts 8pm. Lottery. $5 Entry. 5 minutes.
WED Elevation Bar 5248 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks. Starts at 7:30pm. 4 minutes. 1 item minimum. 8 minutes with 2-item purchase.
WED Latitude 34 Tavern 1114 N Pacific Ave, Glendale. Starts at 7:30pm. Lottery. 1 item minimum. 4 minutes.
WED Gauchos Village N Artsakh Ave, Glendale. Starts at 10pm after booked show. 1 item min. 4 minutes.
THURS Simply Coffee 940 N Lima St, Burbank. Starts 2pm. Mixed mic/feedback. 1 item min. 5 minutes. 7/w food purchase.
THURS VFW in Burbank 1006 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank. Starts at 8pm. Lottery. 5 minutes.
THURS Corbin Bowl 19616 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana. Sign up at 8:30pm, starts at 9:00. 1-item minimum. 7 minutes.
THUR Flappers Bar 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. Starts at 10:30pm. Lottery. One item minimum. 3 minutes.
SAT Flappers Yoo Hoo Room 102 East Magnolia Blvd. Burbank. Sign up 11pm. Lottery. 1-item minimum. 3-5 minutes.
SUN Empire Tavern 1623 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank. Sign up 6pm. 5-6 minutes. 1-item minimum.
SUN The Springbok 16153 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys. Sign up 10, starts at 11pm. 5 minutes. 1-item minimum.
MON The Cinema Bar 3967 Sepulveda Blvd. Sign up at 11pm, starts at 11:30. 1 item minimum. Lottery. 5-7 minutes.
WED The Cinema Bar 3967 Sepulveda Blvd. Sign up at 5:30 (but I would get there by 4:30) 1 item-minimum. 5 minutes
FRI Fanatic Salon 3815 Sawtelle Blvd, Culver City. Sign up 9:30pm. $5 entry. Lottery. 4-5 minutes. (non-feedback mic)
MON Marinate 5009 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. Sign up at 1, starts at 2pm. 1 item minimum. 6 min.
MON The Clubhouse 1607 N Vermont Ave (next to Von’s) Sign up 2. starts at 3pm. 5-7 minutes. Storytelling and improv welcome.
MON The Comedy Store Potluck Sign up at 6pm, list posted around 6:45. 3 minutes
MON (ON HIATUS 1/1/19) Pig & Whistle 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Sign up 6:15pm, starts@6:30. $5, but counts for next visit too. 5 minutes.
MON The OffBeat Bar 6316 York Blvd, LA. Sign up 6:45, starts at 7pm. 3-5 minutes.
MON Genghis Cohen (every other week) 740 N Fairfax Ave, LA. Sign up at 8pm. Rolling Lottery. 3 minutes.
MON Sycamore Tavern 7038 W Sunset Blvd, LA. Lottery mixed in with games Sign up 9:45pm. 3 minutes.
MON EL CID 4212 Sunset Blvd, LA. Starts at 10pm. Lottery. Mixed mic. 1-item minimum. 3 minutes.
MON The Pack Theater 6470 Santa Monica Blvd. Sign up at 10:30pm 3-5 mins.
TUES Cafe Americano on Melrose 5770 Melrose Ave, LA. Sign up 4:30pm. 1-item minimum. 5 minutes.
TUES The Laugh Factory 8001 W Sunset Blvd, LA. Sign up at 5pm (read review for details) $2 entry. 2 minutes.
TUES Kibitz Room at Canters 419 N Fairfax Ave. Sign up at 5:30pm Lottery. 3 mins w/out purchase. 5 minutes with.
TUES Meea's Hot Dogs 1734 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock. Sign up 5:30pm, starts@6. 5 minutes.
TUES (1st and 3rd week) Mingles Tea Bar 8443 Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood. Sign up 6pm. Starts at 7. $5 Feedback mic (optional) 5 minutes.
TUES Mexican Village 3668 Beverly Blvd, LA. Sign up at 6:45, starts at 7:15pm. 1 item min. 5 minutes.
TUES Scientology Celebrity Centre 5930 Franklin Ave, LA (1st TUES of every month) Sign up at 7pm. 5 minutes.
TUES Onyx Lounge 118 West 5th St, DTLA. Starts at 8:15pm. 5 minutes. 1 item minimum.
TUES Bang Bang Room 221 West 7th St, DTLA. Starts at 10:15pm. Lottery. One item minimum. 5 minutes.
WED Sal's Comedy Hole 7356 Melrose Ave, LA. Sign up at 4:45pm. 1-item minimum. 5 minutes.
WED Toasted and Roasted 7311 Melrose Ave, LA. Sign up 5pm. Starts 5:30. 1-item minimum. 4 minutes.
WED Tomato Pizza Pie 2457 Hyperion Ave, LA. Sign up 5, starts at 5:30pm. 4 minutes.
WED Vinadore Cafe 8157 Santa Monica Blvd. $5 min. purchase. Sign up 5pm. 6 minutes.
WED Bruddah's Bar and Grill 1430 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena. Sign up 7:30pm. Mixed Mic. 8-10 minutes.
WED Copper Still Bar "Challenge Mic" 4485 Beverly Blvd. Sign up 7:45pm. 5 minutes.
WED Public House 1739 N Vermont, Los Angeles Email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time or show up. Starts at 8pm. 1 item minimum. 4 minutes.
WED The Pikey (sporadic, check on Comedy Bureau) 7617 Sunset Blvd. Sign up 8:45pm. Lottery. 1-item minimum.
WED The Clown House 334 W. Pico Blvd, Downtown LA. Starts at 8pm. $5 entry. 7 minutes.
WED Cabo Wabo Cantina 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (3rd Floor of Kodak Mall above Hot Topic) Sign up 10pm. Lottery. 3 minutes.
THURS Open Space Café 457 N. Fairfax Ave. Sign up at 4:30pm. Starts at 5. 1 item minimum. 3-4 minutes.
THURS (except 1st Thurs) Edendale Branch Library 2011 Sunset Blvd. Sign up at 5:30pm, starts at 6. 3-4 minutes.
THURS Hermosa Saloon 211 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach. Sign up 7pm. Starts around 9pm. 1 item minimum. 6-10 minutes.
THURS Tao Comedy Studio 131 S. Western Ave. Sign up at 7:30, starts at 8pm. $5 entry includes drink. 5 minutes.
LAST THURS of every month. Angel City Brewery 216 Alameda St Downtown LA. Sign up 7:55pm. Starts at 8. Mixed mic. 5 minutes.
THURS The Family Room 12705 South Main St, LA. Sign up 8:30, starts 9:15pm. 5-10 minutes.
THURS Skiptown Playhouse Theatre 665 N Heliotrope Dr, LA. Sign up 8pm, starts at 8:30. $5 entry. Mixed mic. 6 minutes.
THURS Harvard Yard Bar 1400 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles. Sign up at 10, starts at 10:30pm. 1 drink minimum. 7 minutes.
FRI Toasted and Roasted 7311 Melrose Ave LA. Starts at 5pm. Lottery. 3-5 minutes.
FRI Local Coin Laundry 3407 Overland Ave, Los Angeles. Sign up 6:45, starts at 7pm. MUST WORK CLEAN. 5 minutes.
FRI Moment Hotel 7370 Sunset Blvd, LA. Sign up 7:30, starts at 8pm. 5-6 minutes.
FRI Tao Comedy Studio 7466 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles. Starts at 8pm. $5, includes drink or snack. 5 minutes.
FRI The Clown House 334 W. Pico Blvd, Downtown LA. Starts at 8pm. $5 entry. 7 minutes.
SAT Melody Bar and Grill 9132 S Sepulveda Blvd, LA. Sign up 1:45, starts at 2pm. Optional feedback. 6-8 minutes.
SAT Garage Behind Food 4 Less 1717 S Western Ave. Starts at 11pm. 7-8 minutes.
SUN The Lexington 129 E. 3rd St, LA. Sign up at 5pm, starts at 5:30. Lottery. 5 minutes.
SUN Gold Diggers (Every other week) 5623 Santa Monica Blvd, LA. Starts after booked show 9:15pm Lottery 5 minutes. Come for the show at 8:30 and they'll draw two names early and put them in the show!
Los Feliz-Silverlake-Echo Park
MON-THURS Tribal Café 1651 W. Temple St, Los Angeles. Starts at 6:30pm. $4 min. purchase. ???minutes. There may or may not be a host.
WED The Casual Public 1739 N Vermont Ave. Starts at 8pm. Sign up in advance by emailing email@example.com or show up at 8. 1-item minimum. 5 minutes.
THURS Lyric Hyperion Theater 2106 Hyperion Ave. Sign up at 4:30pm, starts at 5. Lottery. 1 item minimum. 3-4 minutes.
THURS Hyperion Tavern 1941 Hyperion Ave. Sign up at 7pm, starts at 7:30. Lottery. 3 minutes.1
THURS Oeno Vino 3111 Glendale Blvd, LA. Sign up in advance at openmicordinaire.com or on the day of. Starts at 7:30pm. 4 minutes.
FRI (MONTHLY) Not Too Polished in Echo Park 1305 Waterloo St, Los Angeles. Sign up 9pm, starts at 10. Mixed mic. Limited spots. 5 minutes. Follow them on FB here or Instagram here to keep tabs on the next one.
SUN Silverlake Lounge 2906 W Sunset Blvd. Sign up 4:45. Lottery/ Mixed mic. 2 songs or 4 minutes.
MON Roxanne's Cocktail Lounge 1115 E. Wardlow Rd, Long Beach. Sign up at 7pm. Mixed Mic. 6 minutes.
TUES Bogart's Coffee House 905 Ocean Ave, Seal Beach. Sign up at 7pm. 7 minutes. Mixed mic.
TUES Cafe Sevilla 140 Pine Ave Long Beach. Sign up 7:30pm. Mixed mic. 6 minutes or 2 songs. Blue material must go on after 9:30-10pm.
TUES Centerfield Sports Bar 17296 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach. NEW TIME Sign up at 9:30 pm. Starts at 10. 5-7 minutes.
WED DRNK Coffee+Tea 4245 Atlantic Blvd, Long Beach. Bixby Knolls Mixed mic. Sign up 6:30pm, starts at 7. 1 drink minimum. Limited spots. 10-15 mins. Clean sets.
WED Brix 16635 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Beach Sign up 6:30pm. Mixed in w/booked spots. 4 minutes.
WED Library Coffeehouse 3418 E Broadway. Sign up 7pm. 3-5 minutes.
1st THURS Blackbull Chophouse 303 Walnut Ave, Huntington Beach. Sign up 6:00pm, starts 6:30. 5 minutes.
THURS Dirtbaggers Bar 720 East Wardlow Rd, Long Beach. Sign up at 8:30, starts at 9pm. 1 drink minimum. 3 minutes.
FRI Bleachwood Blendery (monthly) 247 N Long Beach Blvd. Sign up 8pm. Starts after booked show (around 9:30) 5 minutes.
FRI Rec Room 7227 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach Sign up at 9:30pm. Starts at 10:30. 3-5 minutes.
SAT Royal Cup Cafe 994 Redondo Ave, Long Beach. Sign up at 5:30pm. 6-7 minutes.
EVERY OTHER SAT Fox CoffeeHouse 437 West Willow St. Sign up at 7pm. Mixed mic. 5-10 minutes.
Pasadena and BEYOND
THURS Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea 5371 Alhambra Ave. Sign up 5:30pm. 1 item minimum. 7 minutes.
ON HIATUS Joke Gym Pacific Plate Brewing Co. 1999 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia) 7pm sign up. 4-5 minutes.
THURS Chatterbox in Covina. 943 N Citrus Ave. Sign up at 8pm. 1 item minimum. 3-5 minutes.
SUN BriteStar Tavern 731 W Historic Route 66, Glendora. Sign up 6:30, starts at 7pm. 7-10 minutes.
SUN Liquid Zoo 7214 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys. Sign up 8:30pm.@9. 1 drink minimum. 7 minutes.
Orange County and BEYOND
MON Anchor Bar (CURRENTLY ON HIATUS) 2675 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa. (Sign up online during the week, email Evan@thecassman.com) 3 minutes.
MON Lost Bean 13011 Newport Ave, Tustin. Sign up at 5:15pm Starts at 6. Mixed mic. 10 minutes!
MON Chapter One 227 N Broadway, Santa Ana. Email Evan in advance and let him know you’re interested in performing at firstname.lastname@example.org. 6pm, 8pm, 10pm spots are available 3-5 minutes.
MON Harp Inn Irish Pub 130 E. 17th St, Costa Mesa. Sign up 8:30pm, starts at 9. Storytelling/Improvised set mic. 7 minutes. No purchase necessary.
MON Beach Hut Deli 19025 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach. Sign up 6:30pm. Mixed mic. Clean material only. 10 minutes.
TUES Harp Inn Irish Pub 130 E. 17th St, Costa Mesa. Sign up at 8pm starts after booked show. 5 minutes.
WED Doll Hut 107 S Adams St. Anaheim. (2nd Wed) Open mic following show around 9:00-9:30 pm. 5-10 minutes.
WED Karman Bar 26022 Cape Dr, Laguna Niguel. Sign up 7:45pm. Starts at 8. 5-6 minutes.
WED The Irvine Improv (Umami Patio Stage in the Irvine Spectrum) Sign up 8:45pm 3 minutes.
THURS Ziing's Bar and Bistro 209 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton. Sign up at 6:45pm. Mixed mic. 10 minutes.
SUN Karman Bar 26022 Cape Dr, Laguna Niguel. Contact James Gray (949) 201-7385 Runs from 7-10pm. I've done 15 minute sets here...twice in one night- get down there!
SUN Father's Pub 13912 Ponderosa St, Santa Ana. Sign up at 8:30. Starts at 9. 7 minutes.
TUES Ontario Improv (Monthly) 4555 Mills Cir, Ontario. Sign up 5:30pm. Lottery. 3 minutes. 1 item-minimum.
TUES Derby's Bar and Grill 2860 W Florida Ave, Hemet. Sign up 6-8pm Starts at 8. 5 minutes. You can sign up a 2nd time for Round 2!
WED (every other week) Wine Seller 19341 Bear Valley Rd, Apple Valley. Sign up 5:30pm. Starts 6:30. Mixed mic. 7-10 minutes for locals, 7-12 for comics traveling far. Check Matthew's page to see if the mic's happening here
WED Marquis Lounge 1036 W. Highland Ave, San Bernardino. Sign up 7:30, starts at 8. 5-7 minutes.
THURS The Getaway Cafe 3615 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside. Sign up 8:30, starts at 9pm. 5 minutes.
THURS (every other week) House of Pong 1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont. Sign up at 9pm. 4 minutes.
SAN DIEGO and Beyond
Here's a great list of San Diego Open Mics and Shows.
TUES The Comedy Palace 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego Sign up 6pm, starts at 7pm. 3 min or 5 w/purchase.
THURS The Go Lounge 3339 El Cajon Blvd, Mesa. Sign up 8:30pm. 5 minutes.
FRI Winston's Beach Club 1921 Bacon St. Sign up by messaging Alan Henderson mid-week on FB. Starts at 6pm. 3-5 minutes.
SUN La Jolla Comedy Store 916 Pearl St, San Diego. Call-in sign up, starts at 7pm. 3 minutes.
SAN FRANCISCO-BAY AREA
Open Mic Calendar- Bay Area Comedy Open Mics
WED Mel's Cocktail Lounge 209 W Carrillo St. Sign up at 8pm. 8-10 minutes.
MON Finn McCool’s 2702 Main St, Santa Monica. Sign up 9:30, starts at 10pm. Mixed mic. 5 minutes or 2 songs w/out purchase or 8 minutes or 3 songs w/purchase of food.
TUES Westside Comedy Theater 1323 a 3rd St. Sign up at 9:30pm 3 minutes.
TUES Golden China Restaurant 760 S. Seaward Ave. Sign up 6pm. Mixed mic. 15 minutes!
WED Gigi's Cocktail Lounge 2493 Grand Ave. Sign up at 8:30pm, starts at 9. Booked show with bucket spots. 5 minutes.
THURS Sandpaper Coffeehouse 204 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura. Sign up 5:45pm, Starts at 6. Mixed mic. 2-3 songs or 7 minutes.
THURS Ventura Harbor Comedy Club 1559 Spinnaker Dr. Suite 205a, Ventura. Sign up 8:30pm, starts at 9. 5 minutes.
SUN Namba Arts 47 South Oak St, Ventura. Sign up 7pm, starts after booked show around 8:30pm. 5 minutes.
Himmel Haus 3819 Saddle Rd. South Lake Tahoe
OPEN MIC GRAVEYARD - Archived reviews of open mics that have sadly passed away.
OUT OF STATE OPEN MICS - I won't have time to keep track of these, but the reviews are here at least.
OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES:
Badslava- Another good resource for out of town/random mics. Often out-of-date. Call ahead!
Reddit Stand Up Comedy- Lot of practical advice and comedy nerding out. Ask your stand up questions among your peers!
The Serious Comedy Site- Fantastic site that reviews new comedy albums, movies, books, etc.
How To Host A Comedy Show- Awesome article really breaks it down.
Gary Gulman’s Joke Writing Tips- Compiled form his Twitter feed, a bunch of excellent suggestions.
Speaking of Reddit, here are some helpful Facebook groups I found in California:
The Comedians Of Fresno: A Facebook group focused on comedy in Fresno
High Desert Comedy: A Facebook group focused on comedy in southeastern California
The IE Comedy Scene: A Facebook group focused on comedy in the Inland Empire
Long Beach Comedy Scene: A Facebook group focused on comedy in Long Beach
OC Comedy Scene: A Facebook group focused on comedy in Orange County
Stage Time Orange County: A Facebook group with posts of open mics in Orange County
San Diego Comedy Connection: A Facebook group focused on comedy in San Diego
Northern California Comedy Group: A Facebook group focused on comedy in Northern California
Comedians Wanted- No Bringers: A Facebook group to help you find shows and discuss comedy, with members from around the world
Discord Discord group for discussing standup comedy.
Open Mic Magazine- Hilarious Facebook account just for us.
Great Podcasts For New Comedians:
You can subscribe to most of these on Itunes, but here are the links!
School of Laughs W/ Rik Roberts- Your free education right here. they cover everything.
Let's Talk About Sets- Outstanding podcast for standup comedy geeks: writing, crowd work, bits, all the technical aspects.
ComingUpStanding- Jake Adams talks to younger comedians that are 3-4 years in, along with some veterans. Very inspiring to hear everyone's work ethic and early experiences.
Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz- wise and inspirational advice from all the hard-working people in the industry. Comics, musicians, agents, producers, self-made successes. Familiarize yourself with them and their work ethic. A must listen.
Comedians Telling Stuff Podcast- Fantastic stories from British comedians. Worst hecklers, worst shows, best advice and defining moments.
12 Questions Podcast- Inspirational 12-step recovery podcast about the difficult, but rewarding journey through sobriety. I think anyone that battles demons within will find this podcast uplifting!
The Building Years Podcast- w/ Jeremiah Watkins and Justin Alexio. Two young dudes facing the weekly grind of doing standup and auditioning for roles while struggling to make the rent. Ride the highs and lows of several years worth of accomplishments and failures. They are busting their ass to make ends meet, so you should too! Great listen.
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast w/ Stuart Goldsmith- great analysis and conversation about the writing process and overall approach to stand up.
Sit Down With Stand Ups- Delightful interviews with great comedians. Ary's enthusiasm is contagious.
Duke Fightmaster- Really fun look at the Anchor Bar open mic in Orange County- it's the closest you'll see to an open mic documentary, courtesy of comedian Duke Fightmaster, who has a great eye for the scene.
Helpful Apps For comedians:
MicMaps- Find comedy open mics on this handy map of Los Angeles and beyond.
The Comedy Companion- Organize your jokes and compile set-lists.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE LATEST MICS I'VE BEEN TO! (pictured below from Instagram feed)