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Open Mic Nights

Pros and amateurs try out new material (and beat old material to death) at the area's open mic nights. Many of these listings do change suddenly, so be sure to call or e-mail to confirm that a show is still running before you go. If you would like to add a listing to this page, e-mail chris@dcstandup.com with the relevant information. Shows are listed by day of the week.

LAST UPDATE: 8/28/16

Sundays

  • Hightops Backstage Grille, 2306 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093. Every Sunday, organized by Drink Till We're Funny. "Baltimore's Best Open Mic for 5 years running. Free show, big crowds, $2 Beers.There's a paid headliner spot, paid feature and 5-7 open mic slots every Sunday night. Comedians must email in advance for a spot -- to sign up, send an e-mail to booking@tbradhudson.com (DO NOT CALL THE VENUE)."
  • O'Sullivans Irish Pub, 3207 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. FREE Show runs from 7 - 9. $25 Cash Prize Joke Contest for non-com audience after show. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! Metro friendly(Clarendon station). Half-price wings! Sign-up: e-mail CurtShackelford (at) verizon.net. DON'T CALL O'SULLIVAN'S.
  • Petworth Citizen and Reading Room, 829 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011. Show starts at 8. Comedians can e-mail readingroomcomedy@gmail.com to sign up.
  • Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Sunday at 7 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Vendetta, 1212 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Organized by Underground Comedy. Show at 8. No cover. You must be 21 to enter. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.

Mondays

  • Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Organized by Pretty Funny Entertainment. Usually the first Monday of the month (check the PFE website for exact days). E-mail ContactME705@msn.com to sign up. Newbies welcome!
  • Fast Eddie's, 4801 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 22301. Show starts at 8, hosted by Gee-Gee Wong. "Sign up at venue. Bring your supporters, your video camera." Free admission before 8 p.m.
  • Fireflies, 1501 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. Every Monday at 8. Organized and hosted by Jelani Wills. Sign up on-site or e-mail jelani@gmail.com
  • Fire Station 1, 8131 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Organized by Starr Struck Comedy, every second and fourth Monday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sign up by e-mailing alexx@starrstruckcomedy.com.
  • Noble Lounge, 1915 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Run by Rallo Boykins, Rob Gordon, Jacques Kindle, Paris Sashay, and Ashley Mayo. Show starts at 8 and sign-up is on site.
  • Shenanigans, 2450 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. Starting October 19. "Organized by Last Resort Comedy, DC's best comedians every Monday beginning at 8:00 p.m. for a free show. For more information or to perform, email lastresortcomedyshow@gmail.com."
  • Sidebar Tavern, 218 E. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Organized by Tim Hoekel. Sign up starts at 8 and show starts at 8:30.

Tuesdays

  • Bier Baron, 1523 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037. Organized by Last Resort Comedy, DC's best comedians every Tuesday beginning at 8:30 p.m. for a free show. For more information or to perform e-mail lastresortcomedyshow@gmail.com.
  • Black Whiskey, 1410 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. Free open mic hosted by Chris Brandt and Max Wolfson starts every Tuesday at 8. Comedians can email bottomshelfcomedydc@gmail.com for time.
  • Buckeye + Bear, 1730 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Organized by Underground Comedy. Show at 8. No cover. You must be 21 to enter. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Guido's Speakeasy, 543 N. Market St., Frederick, MD. Organized by Wrecked 'Em Comedy. Sign up on-site at 7:30. Show starts at 8.
  • Jolley's Restaurant and Lounge, 654 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304. Comedy every Tuesday at 8, hosted by Travis Spencer. E-mail Laughingwithtravis@gmail.com to sign up.
  • The Pinch, 3548 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010. Free open mic every Tuesday at 9 p.m. hosted by the Pinch Hitters. Email pinchhittersopenmic@gmail.com for time.
  • Solly's Tavern, 1942 11th Street NW, Washington, DC. Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and Mike Brown host "Attack of The Comics" the first and third Tuesday of the month. E-mail AttackOfTheComics@Gmail.com to sign up or get more info.
  • Songbyrd, 2477 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009. First and third Tuesday of the month. Free comedy night hosted by Andrew Bucket. Sign up by e-mailing songbyrdcomedy@gmail.com. There are 10 spots available for pre sign up, and 5 spots on site. Doors at 7, sign up at 8, show at 8:30.
  • Vendetta, 1212 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Organized by Underground Comedy. Show at 8. No cover. You must be 21 to enter. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Wit's End Saloon, 9603 Deereco Rd., Timonium, Maryland. Rob Maher hosts an open mic the last Tuesday of the month. Sign-up is at 8:30, the show is a 9.

Wednesdays

  • Acre 121, 1400 Irving Street NW #109, Washington, DC 20010. Starting at 8 p.m., an open mic featuring comedians, musicians, and performing artists. Free admission, all-night happy hour with all drafts, rail drinks and select wines for $5. Artists can sign up in advance by emailing acre121openmic@gmail.com.
  • The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Wednesday at 8 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Cloak and Dagger, 1359 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. "The Speakeasy" shows are the first and third Wednesday of the month, presented by Grassroots Comedy. Shows 7-9pm and 9-11pm. Happy Hour 6-8pm $6 rails, $5 Heinekens. If you want more info about booking, here's the contact form.
  • Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. The first and third Wednesday of the month. Sign-up on site.
  • Helen's On the Pike, 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Hosted by Oral Henery. Sign up is at 7:30, and the show starts at 8.
  • The Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Second Wednesday of the month. Sign up is on site. Comic call is 7:30, the show will start by 8."
  • Red Lounge, 2013 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Organized by Starr Struck Comedy. Showtime at 8 p.m. Sign up by e-mailing alexx@starrstruckcomedy.com.
  • The Town Tavern, 2323 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Organized by Last Resort Comedy, DC's best comedians every Wednesday beginning at 8:00 p.m. for a free show. For more information or to perform, email lastresortcomedyshow@gmail.com.
  • Venice Tavern, 339 South Conkling St., Baltimore, MD. The second Wednesday of each month. Comedian sign-up starts at 8.
  • Villain and Saint, 7141 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814. Organized and hosted by Alex Espinoza. EVERY Wednesday starting in May 2016. Show starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Email crookedcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW, Washington, DC 20010. The Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy and Improv Show is the first Wednesday of the month. People interested in performing can e-mail michele.sometimes@gmail.com in advance.
  • Thursdays

    • Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
    • The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Thursday at 8 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
    • Magooby's Joke House, 9603 Deereco Road, Timonium, MD 21093. This "New Talent Night" is usually the second and last Thursday of the month; you can get more info by e-mailing andrew@magoobys.com.
    • RFD, 810 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. Doors at 7:30 and show starts at 8:30. Sign-up by e-mailing awesomethursdays@gmail.com.
    • The Town Tavern, 2323 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Organized by Last Resort Comedy, DC's best comedians every Thursday beginning at 8:00 p.m. for a free show. For more information or to perform, email lastresortcomedyshow@gmail.com.

    Fridays

    • The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Friday at 10 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
    • Chinese Disco, 3251 Prospect St. NW, Washington, DC 20007. (NOT a Chinese restaurant, NOT a disco; the name is an inside joke.) Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. FREE Show runs from 8 - 9:30. Doors open 7 for dinner/drinks. $25 Cash Prize Joke Contest for non-com audience after show. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies Welcome! Metro friendly (Dupont Circle-South Exit-Red Line). Sign-up: Email CurtShackelford@verizon.net. DON'T CALL CHINESE DISCO.
    • Philos, 401 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC . Brock Snyder and Jess Feeney organize this event under the Grassroots Comedy umbrella. Show is at 10 p.m., and it features about 10 comics. Free admission. If you want more info about booking, here's the contact form.

    Saturdays

    • The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Saturday at 11:30 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
    • The Green Room, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA. Starting at 10:30, organized by Andy Kline and Randolph T. This is a bar off the lobby of the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse. Each show features up to 15 comics. Sign up is on site.
    • Positano Italian Restaurant, 4948 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814. Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. "Shows run 8-9:30 PM. PAID MC, FTR & HDLNR slots. Newbies Welcome!(unpaid 3min first–timer slots). Metro friendly(Red Line-Bethesda). Sign-up, e-mail CurtShackelford@verizon.net. DON'T CALL POSITANO!"