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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
Click on the Venue for a DETAILED REVIEW:
JUST ADDED 3/9 Brix on Sunset Beach, 2/22 Latitude 34 in Glendale, Fanni Clothing Store in Los Angeles, 2/14 The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Copper Still Bar in Los Angeles, 2/9 Comedy Post in South Gate, MOments Playhouse Theatre in Los Angeles, 2/1 Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura, Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Silverlake (updated), 1/31 The Comedy Palace in San Diego, Tower Bar in San Diego, 1/23 The Pack Theater in Los Angeles (Updated)
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.
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. 1-item min. 6-8 minutes.
MON Oaks Tavern 13625 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks. Sign up 8pm 1 item min. 5 minutes.
MON A Simple Bar 3256 Cahuenga Blvd West, Los Angeles. Starts at 10pm. 1 item minimum. 4 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 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 MOD Pizza 5300 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood. Sign up 7:30pm. 3-5 minutes.
TUES Flappers Bar 102 East Magnolia Blvd, Burbank. Sign up 8pm. Lottery. 1-item minimum.
WED On The Thirty 14622 Ventura Blvd Suite 112, Sherman Oaks. Sign up 8pm. 5 minutes.
WED The Oyster House Saloon 12446 Moorpark St, Studio City. Sign up for time slot by 7pm online at IanSalmon.com 5 minutes.
WED Latitude 34 Tavern 1114 N Pacific Ave, Glendale. Starts at 7:30pm. Lottery. 1 item minimum. 4 minutes.
THURS Dark Horse Tavern 5507 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana. Sign up at 7:30pm. Lottery. 5 minutes.
THURS VFW in Burbank 1006 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank. Starts at 8pm. Lottery. 5 minutes.
SAT Rumi Cafe 13368 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks. Sign up 7:00pm. 4 minutes or 6 w/purchase.
SAT Flappers Yoo Hoo Room 102 East Magnolia Blvd. Burbank. Sign up 11pm. Lottery. 1-item minimum. 3-5 minutes.
SUN Wake and Bake 5038 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood. Sign up at 8pm starts around 10:30 after booked show. 5 minutes. NOTE: 1st visit requires $5 purchase for member card. 6 min set.
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-SUN Marty's 7351 Sunset Blvd (entrance on Martel) 5-11pm. SAT-SUN 7-11pm. $5 entry. 10-20 minutes.
MON Nerdmelt Showroom 7522 W Sunset Blvd. Sign up 5pm. 3 minutes.
MON The Comedy Store Potluck Sign up at 6pm, list posted around 6:45. 3 minutes
MON Pig & Whistle 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Sign up 6:15pm, starts@6:30. $5, but counts for next visit too. 5 minutes.
MON Au Lac 710 West 1st St. Los Angeles. Sign up at 7-7:30pm. Starts at 8:30. Mixed mic. 3-4 minutes.
MON Genghis Cohen (every other week) 740 N Fairfax Ave, LA. Sign up at 8pm. Rolling Lottery. 3 minutes.
MON The Pack Theater 6470 Santa Monica Blvd. Sign up at 10:30pm 3-5 mins.
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 The Int'l Java CO. 3186 W 8th St, Los Angeles. Sign up at 6:30pm 5 min or 7 w/purchase.
TUES Scientology Celebrity Centre 5930 Franklin Ave, LA (1st TUES of every month) Sign up at 7pm. 5 minutes.
TUES Copper Still Bar 4485 Beverly Blvd, LA. Sign up at 8, starts at 8:30. Lottery. 1 -item minimum. 4-5 minutes.
TUES Rooftop on Chapman Building 756 S. Broadway, LA. Sign up at 8pm (make sure to read my review so you know how to get in!) 10 minutes.
WED Sal's Comedy Hole 7356 Melrose Ave, LA. Sign up at 4:45pm. 1-item minimum. 5 minutes.
WED Fanni Clothing Store 1423 South Los Angeles St. Starts at 5pm. Lottery. 3-8 minutes.
WED Vinadore Cafe 8157 Santa Monica Blvd. $5 min. purchase. Sign up 5pm. 6 minutes.
WED Dunkees 7325 Melrose Ave Starts at 7pm. Lottery mixed w/booked spots. 4-5 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 The Clown House 334 W. Pico Blvd, Downtown LA. Starts at 8pm. $5 entry. 7 minutes.
WED Hooters 6922 Hollywood Blvd. Sign up 9:30pm. Lottery. 3 minutes.
WED Karma Lounge 3954 Beverly Blvd. Sign up at 8:30pm 5 mins.
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 (HIATUS) LA School of Comedy 10835 Santa Monica Blvd, LA. Sign up 6:45pm ,starts at 7. They lock the door at 7:15. 7 minutes.
THURS Comedy Post 9535 California Ave South Gate, CA. Sign up 7pm starts 7:30. 5-7 minutes.
THURS Echoes on Pico 5025 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles. Sign up 7:30pm. 1 item minimum ($5) 4 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 Pikey (check on Comedy Bureau) 7617 Sunset Blvd. Sign up 8:45pm. Lottery. 1-item minimum.
THURS MOments Playhouse Theatre 665 N Heliotrope Dr, LA. Sign up 9:30pm, starts at 10. $5 entry. Mixed mic. 6 minutes.
THURS Next Stage Theater 1523 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles. Sign up at 10:30pm starts at 11. 5 minutes.
FRI Toasted and Roasted 7311 Melrose Ave LA. Starts at 5pm. Lottery. 3-5 minutes.
FRI With Love Market Cafe 1969 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles. Sign up at 6pm. 1-item minimum. 7 minutes.
FRI House in Echo Park 622 N Coronado St. Sign up 8pm. Open mic follows booked show around 9:30. $5 entry. 5 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.
FRI Sabor y Cultura 5625 Hollywood Blvd. Sign up at 8pm. Lottery. 3 minutes.
SAT Karma Lounge 3954 Beverly Blvd. Sign up at 5:30pm.
SAT Rincon Oaxacueno Sign up at 8:30pm. Starts@9. 7-8 minutes. $3 minimum purchase.
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 Eagle Rock Lounge 1954 Colorado Blvd, LA. Sign up at 8:45pm. Lottery. 1-item minimum. 3 minutes.
SUN The Belly Room at The Comedy Store. 8433 Sunset Blvd. Sign up at 9:30pm. Starts at 10:30pm. Lottery, but there's a variety of ways to get stage time. 3 minutes.
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.
1st TUES of every month At Home Restaurant 2500 Riverside Dr. Los Angeles. Sign up 6:30pm. 1-item minimum. 4 minutes.
WED The Casual Public 1739 N Vermont Ave. Starts at 8pm. Sign up in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
SUN Sunday Bomb Open Mic Brunch 1069 Sanborn Ave. Sign up 12:45pm. Starts at 1:00. 4 minutes.
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. Sign up at 7:45pm. Starts at 8. 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.
THURS Blackbull Chophouse 303 Walnut Ave, Huntington Beach. Sign up 6:00pm, starts 6:30. 5 minutes.
THURS Long Beach Tithing Closet 1028 E. Pacific Coast Highway. Sign up 7:30 pm starts at 8. Mixed mic. $1 entry. 5-10 minutes.
THURS Harvey Milk Promenade Park 212 E 3rd St, Long Beach. Starts at 9pm. Mixed mic. Multiple sets.
SAT Royal Cup Cafe 994 Redondo Ave, Long Beach. Sign up at 6pm. 6-7 minutes.
EVERY OTHER SAT Fox CoffeeHouse 437 West Willow St. Sign up at 7pm. Mixed mic. 5-10 minutes.
SUN Blacklight District Lounge 2500 East Anaheim St. Sign up 3pm. 10 minutes.
Pasadena and BEYOND
TUES Wang's Place 120 E Lemon Ave, Monrovia. Sign up 7:30pm, starts at 7:45. 1 item minimum. 5-10 minutes.
WED Glendora Continental 316 W Rt 66, Glendora. Sign up at 9pm. 1 item minimum. 5 minutes.
WED Craft Hill 128 N Grand Ave, West Covina. Starts after booked show. 11pm. Mixed Mic. 8 minutes.
THURS The Ice House 24 N Mentor Ave. Sign up 5:30pm Lottery. 4 minutes.
THURS Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea 5371 Alhambra Ave. Sign up 5:30pm. 1 item minimum. 7 minutes.
THURS Chatterbox in Covina. 943 N Citrus Ave. Sign up at 8pm. 1 item minimum. 3-5 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 2675 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa. (Sign up online during the week, email Evan@thecassman.com) 3 minutes.
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.
THURS Gallery of Performing Arts 478 El Camino Real, Tustin. Sign up 7pm. 8-10 minutes.
THURS Pierre Garden 145 N Maryland Ave, Glendale. Sign up 7pm Starts at 8. Mixed mic. 5 minutes.
THURS The Junction 1 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Sign up 7:30pm, starts at 8. Mixed mic. 10 minutes. 1 free drink.
FRI Max Blooms Cafe 220 N Malden Ave, Fullerton. Sign up 7pm, starts at 7:30. 1-item minimum. 4-6 min sets.
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 7pm. Starts at 8. 7 minutes.
MON The Hideaway Cafe 3700 Main St, Riverside. Recommended sign up 6:30-7pm Starts at 8. 5-7 minutes.
TUES The Castle Restaurant 287 W La Caneda Dr, Riverside. Sign up at 7pm, starts at 7:15. 7 minutes.
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.
SAN DIEGO and Beyond
Here's a great list of San Diego Open Mics updated by Alan Henderson
MON Bear Roots Brewing 1213 S Santa Fe Ave, Vista. Sign up at 7pm. 5 minutes or 7 w/drink.
TUES The Comedy Palace 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego Sign up 6pm, starts at 7pm. 3 min or 5 w/purchase.
WED Tremont Street Sports Bar and Grill 311 N Tremont St, Oceanside. Sign up 7pm. 6-15 minutes!
WED Atomic Gaslamp (sporadic, check FB) 762 Fifth Ave, San Diego. Sign up 8:30pm. 6-10 minutes.
WED The Salty Frog 992 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach. Sign up 8:45pm. Mixed mic. 2 songs or 6-8 minutes.
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.
SAT American Comedy Co. 818 Sixth Ave. Sign up at 12:40pm, starts at 1. Feedback Mic. 3-5 minutes.
SUN La Jolla Comedy Store 916 Pearl St, San Diego. Call-in sign up, starts at 7pm. 3 minutes.
SUN (monthly) JP'S Pub 10436 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Sign up 7:30pm. 5 minutes. Join "Thank You Very Little: Stand Up Comedy at JP'S Pub" page on Facebook.
SAN FRANCISCO-BAY AREA
San Francisco Bay Area Comedy Network- Matt Gubser's helpful guide to mics and shows.
WED Mel's Cocktail Lounge 209 W Carrillo St. Sign up at 8pm. 8-10 minutes.
MON Bareburger 2732 Main St, Santa Monica. Sign up 7:30pm. Mixed mic. 7 minutes.
TUES Cafe Unurban 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. Sign up 8:30pm. Starts at 9. Lottery. 4 minutes.
TUES Westside Comedy Theater 1323 a 3rd St. Sign up at 9:30pm 3 minutes.
THURS Cairo Cowboy 46 Winward Ave, Venice. Sign up 7pm. Lottery. $1 entry. 4-5 minutes.
THURS (HIATUS) The Warehouse Restaurant 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey. Sign up 7pm. Open mic follows booked show starts around 8:30-9. 5 minutes.
SAT M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater 1323 A 3rd St Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th) Santa Monica Sign up at 5:45pm. Lottery/ Limited to 25 spots. 3 minutes.
TUES Golden China Restaurant 760 S. Seaward Ave. Sign up 6pm. Mixed mic. 15 minutes!
TUES The Red Cove 1809 E. Main St. Sign up at 8:30pm. 7 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.
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:
- The Comedy Bureau - Updated daily. Always start here.
- Alan Henderson- San Diego Open Mics
- OpenMikes.org - Great site for out of town mics and under-the-radar mics. You can search by zipcode.
- Matt Cole OC Mics - Great resource for mics in Orange County and Beyond.
- Badslava- Another good resource for out of town/random mics. Often out-of-date. Call ahead!
- Ron Babcock's Do-it-yourself Standup Tour Guide
- Reddit Stand Up Comedy- Lot of practical advice and comedy nerding out. Ask your stand up questions among your peers!
Speaking of Reddit, here are some helpful Facebook groups I found in California:
- Bay Area Comedy Network, San Francisco Comedy: Facebook groups focused on comedy in the Bay Area
- 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
- LA Comedy Scene, LA Comedy, LA Comics: Facebook groups focused on comedy in Los Angeles
- 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
- SO. CAL. COMEDY, Southern California Comedians, SoCal Comedy Network, So Cal Comedian Connection: Facebook groups focused on comedy in Southern 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.
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.
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 documantery, courtesy of comedian Duke Fightmaster, who has a great eye for the scene.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE LATEST MICS I'VE BEEN TO! (pictured below from Instagram feed)