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Comedy Open-Mike Nights

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There’s no better way to see if you’ve really got the comic chops to make it than an open-mike night. L.A. and New York are full of them, providing ample opportunity for comic hopefuls to put themselves out there and reel in the applause. Listed below are venues large and small that offer open-mike and new-talent nights on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
 
NEW YORK
 
Bowery Poetry Club and Café
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
(212) 614-0505
mail@bowerypoetry.com
www.bowerypoetry.com
Monday open-mike night at 10 p.m., sign-up at 9:30. Wednesdays are “Closed Mic” night at midnight, with sign-up at 11:30 p.m.
 
Broadway Comedy Club
318 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-2323
www.broadwaycomedyclub.com
New-talent and open-mike night Saturdays at 7 p.m.
 
Carolines on Broadway
Linda Smith, new talent director; Patty McKeever, Louis Feranda (for other bookings)
1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-4100
www.carolines.com
New-talent night on Mondays (two shows). The world-famous venue houses a 300-seat theater that is also a supper club.
 
Comedy Cellar
Eric Hanson, (212) 366-4493
117 MacDougal St., New York, NY 100012
(212) 254-3480
www.comedycellar.com
Standup, sketch, and improv. Open mike every Wednesday and Friday night at 6:30 p.m., sign-up at 6:15.
 
Comic Strip Live
Gladys’ Comedy Room
J.R. Razitz, comicstripbooker@aol.com
1568 Second Ave., New York, NY 10028
(212) 861-9386
info@comicstriplive.com
www.comicstriplive.com
Best known for its standup, Comic Strip has hosted performers such as Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ray Romano. Gladys’ Legendary Comedy Room is back every Tuesday and Friday, 5:45–7:45 p.m. Call (212) 832-1762 to sign-up and for more information.
 
Comix Comedy Club
Andy Engle
353 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014
(212) 524-2500
bookings@comixny.com
www.comixny.com
Standup, sketch, and new-talent nights. Open-mike nights in are held in Ochi’s Lounge. Visit the website or call for current information.
 
The Duplex
Thomas Honeck
61 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-5438
thomas@thecomplex.com
www.theduplex.com
Bill Morgan and Tony DeCicco, owners. Piano bar, upstairs bar, cabaret, and open mike every night. Also books one-hour sets and group acts. Email booker to submit.
 
New York Comedy Club
Al Martin
241 E. 24th St., New York, NY 10010
(212) 696-5233
newtalent@newyorkcomedyclub.com
www.newyorkcomedyclub.com
Open mike Sunday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 5 p.m. “Cringe Comics” on the weekend.
 
Penny’s Open Mic
Penny Pollak, pennysopenmic@gmail.com
Under the St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-6800
www.horsetrade.info
“Penny’s Open Mic” show every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Email for info.
 
The Pit—Peoples Improv Theater
Katie Goan
154 W. 29th St., New York, NY 10001
(212) 563-7488
katie@thepit-nyc.com
www.thepit-nyc.com
Open-mike show every Tuesday at 11 p.m., three-minute slots. “Improdome,” open improv on Wednesdays at 11 p.m.
 
Three of Cups Lounge
83 First Ave., New York, NY 10003
(212) 338-0059
threeofcupsnyc@gmail.com
www.threeofcupsnyc.com
“Live in the Lounge” open-mike night Sundays at 10 p.m.
 
Underground Lounge
955 W. End St., New York, NY 10025
(212) 531-4759
www.theundergroundnyc.com
Visit website for current open-mike information.
 
Upright Citizens Brigade—NY
307 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001
(212) 366-9176
www.ucbtheatre.com
Monthly “Liquid Courage” comedy night where you submit your own sketch piece and bring your own performers, three-to-five-minute piece. Program starts at midnight, sign-up begins at 10:30 p.m.
 
Village Lantern
167 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012
(212) 260-7993
VLevents@aol.com
www.villagelantern.com
Open mike Wednesdays at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
 
Village Pourhouse
64 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-2337
info@pourhousenyc.com
www.villagepourhouse.com
Monthly open mike. See website or call for details. Also new uptown Pourhouse location at 982 Amsterdam Ave.
 
LOS ANGELES
 
Bliss Art House Café
1249 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 962-2986
Comedy open mike Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m., sign-up at
6 p.m.

Cafe Muse
6547 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 464-6873
www.cafemusela.com
Open mike Mondays, 7:30–8:30 p.m., sign-up is one hour before showtime.
 
Coffee Haven
Kerry Arnold Stephens, (562) 533-5470
1708 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 437-3785
Kerry Arnold Stephens hosts the weekly comedy, music, and poetry open-mike night Fridays at 8 p.m.
 
The Comedy Store
8433 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 650-6268
info@thecomedystore.com
www.thecomedystore.com
Standup, sketch, and improv. Sunday Potluck Night, nonpros try their hand at standup from 7 to 9 p.m. Book in advance, three-minute sets. Three main performance rooms: “The Belly Room,” “The Main Room,” and “The Original Room.”
 
Danny’s Venice
23 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291
(310) 566-5610
www.dannysvenice.com
“Venice Comedy Night” open mike every Wednesday at 8 p.m. (Please note comedy night moves to Thursdays during July and August.)
 
Ha Ha Café
5010 Lankershim Blvd., Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 508-4995
www.hahacafe.com
Standup, sketch, and improv. Open mike nightly at 6 p.m., sign-up at 5 p.m.
 
The Improv-Hollywood
8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-2583
www.improv.com
Open mike every Tuesday at 5 p.m., sign-up 4:30–4:40. Lineup determined by lottery. Three-minute sets.
 
I.O. West
6336 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-7560
james@ioimprov.com
www.iowest.com
Standup, sketch, and improv. Friday at midnight is an open improv jam, where anyone can play.
 
The Laugh Factory
Jamie Masada
8001 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1336
www.laughfactory.com
Tuesday open-mike nights. Chocolate Sundaes (urban comedy showcase), two shows: 8–9:30 and 10–11:30 p.m.
 
Left Coast Wine Bar
117 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 507-7011
www.leftcoastwinebar.com
Open mike Sundays 7:30–10:00 p.m. Comics, poets, musicians, and singers are welcome.
 
NuArt Cafe and Tea Temple
2741 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 439-3089
www.thenuartcafe.com
Comedy, music, and poetry open-mike night every Sunday, 5–7 p.m.
 
The Other Side Café
2538 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake, CA 90027
(323) 661-0618
www.flyingleapcafe.com
Bryan Miller hosts weekly open-mike nights. Call for schedule and more information.
 
Pig’n Whistle
Mike Giangreco, (818) 780-5525
6714 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-0000
www.pignwhistle.com
Open mike Wednesdays in the back room at 8 p.m., sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
 
Rainbow Bar & Grill
Mike Giangreco, (818) 780-5525
9015 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-4232
www.rainbowbarandgrill.com
Open mike on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., sign-up at 8.
 
Tia Chucha’s Cafe Cultural
13197-A Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 525-4511
info@tiachucha.com
www.tiachucha.com
Creative venue where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and talents. Open mike Fridays at 8 p.m.
 
Tribal Café
1651 W. Temple St., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-4458
info@tribalcafe.com
www.tribalcafe.com
Multimedia comedy, music, and poetry open mike first and third Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m. Sign-up is at 7:30 p.m.
 
Tsunami Coffee House
4019 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-7771
www.sunsetjunction.org/tsunami.html
Open mike Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., sign-up at 7 p.m. Comedy sets limited to five minutes.
 
UnUrban Coffeehouse
3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 315-0056
www.myspace.com/unurbanopenmike
Comedy, music, and poetry open mike Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Sign-up at 8 p.m.
 
Upright Citizens Brigade—LA
5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 908-8702
la@ucbt.net
www.ucbtheatre.com
Standup and improv. Monthly open mike at 6:30 p.m., sign-up is at 6. Names are put in a bucket for the 10-slot draw. Five-minute sets.
 
Vermont Restaurant
1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-6163
www.vermontrestaurantonline.com
Open mike on Mondays at 8 p.m., sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
 
Welcome Café
1808 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-9270
www.myspace.com/welcomecafe
Open mike night every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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