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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: 2/27/15

Sundays

  • Charles Village Pub, 19 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, Maryland 21204. Organized by Color Me Funny. "CVP is our WEEKLY open mic room! You can come sign up at 8:30pm or e-mail us in advance (colormefunnymd@gmail.com) to guarantee a spot. Show starts at 9pm. Not many true open mics exist in the area, and only one other comedy room exists in Towson currently. We invite all levels of experience to come and hone their craft."
  • H Street Country Club, 1335 H St NE, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Sunday at 8 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • 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)."
  • 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.

Mondays

  • The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Monday at 8 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Fire Station 1, 8131 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Organized by District Comedy. "Smokin' Hot Comedy,every Monday at 8 p.m. You can e-mail signup@districtcomedy.com."
  • Jackpot, 726 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Comic sign up at 8. Showtime at 8:30. E-mail SilverCityProd@me.com for more information. This is a free show hosted by Martin Amini and produced by Silver City Productions.
  • Jake's Boiler Room, 5018 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20008. (In the basement of Jake's American Grille. Organized by Matt Dundas. Sign-up is on site starting at 7:30, and the show starts at 8. Everyone present by 8 p.m. gets time.
  • Sidebar Tavern, 218 E. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Organized by Tim Hoekel. Sign up starts at 8 and show starts at 8:30.
  • Townhouse Tavern, 1637 R St. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Monday at 8 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.

Tuesdays

  • Bier Baron, 1523 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037. Organized by Last Resort Comedy, Max Rosenblum hosts 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.
  • Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar, 1104 H St. NE, DC. "La Bomba!" is a free weekly standup comedy show. Starts at 7:30 p.m. E-mail labombacomedy@gmail.com to sign-up or go visit the Facebook page for more info.
  • Myth and Moonshine, 2300 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD. Show starts at 8:30pm -- host position / feature position / PAID closer position. Six performance slots. DO NOT CONTACT THE VENUE -- contact: uncledavecomedy@gmail.com
  • 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.
  • The Speakeasy, storytelling open mic at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th Street NW, Washington, DC. "The Speakeasy" is the second Tuesday of every month, and it's a storytelling open mic with a theme. Doors open 6:30. Show runs 8-10 and admission is $10 at the door. There are two featured tellers and anyone with a story (i.e. not a series of jokes) can sign-up. Performers must use the theme and there is a strict 7-minute time limit (no exceptions). Stories are often funny, but not always, and never offensive (so, if you've got something to say that you wouldn't say in a room full of gays, blacks, jews, homeless people, muslims, women or whoever, don't bother saying it here). It's most important that stories are interesting and compelling. You must see one show before signing up, so you know what to expect. Then click here to find out more and fill out a form."
  • Vendetta, 1212 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Organized by Underground Comedy. Doors at 7:30. 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

  • 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.
  • Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. The first and third Wednesday of the month. Sign-up on site.
  • Ri-Ra Irish Pub, 2915 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201. Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. Since 2008! Shows run 8 - 10. Free admission and half-price burgers. Comedians get 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! $25 cash prize joke contest for non-coms after the show! Metro friendly. Sign-up: e-mail CurtShackelford (at) verizon.net. DON'T CALL RI-RA.
  • Stetsons Famous Bar and Grill, 1610 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Mike Farf and Jelani Wills host 'We Got Jokes Wednesdays' every week at 9 p.m. upstairs in the Game Room. $4 Bud Lights, PBR and Natty Bo Tall Boys, $6 chicken bite baskets, and $ 3 Fireball Jello-Shots on special. Sign up on site or e-mail jelani@gmail.com. Each comic gets 6 minutes. No cover."
  • The Town Tavern, 2323 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Organized by Last Resort Comedy, Max Rosenblum hosts 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.
  • Union Jack's, 4915 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814. Every Wednesday night at 8, organized by Jesse Rivas. Free show. Comedians should email Wednesday.COMedy@gmail.com in advance for spots -- DO NOT CALL THE VENUE.

Thursdays

  • Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Thursday at 8 p.m., starting July 24, 2014. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Chief Ike's Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC, 20009. This is on Thursday as of November 2014. Sign-up on site at 7:30, I believe. Visit this Facebook page to see up-to-date info."
  • The Circuit, 104 Back River Neck Road, Essex, MD 21221. Show starts at 8 p.m. -- FREE FORM OPEN MIC / sign up on-site or email: uncledavecomedy@gmail.com for stage time.
  • Dominic's Italian Grille, 12854 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Starts 2/19/15. Hosted by David Hankins. For more information (or to sign up) e-mail David at Hank1fd@yahoo.com and put "comedy sign up" in the subject. Comics receive a two drink comp and can sign up for 3 or 5 minutes on stage. Do not call Dominic's.
  • 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 bernie@magoobys.com.
  • Pelican's Rum, 928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001. I don't have too much info on this, other than telling you that the show runs at 8 and it is organized by a guy named Cecoy Burnett.
  • The Red Lounge, 2013 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Laugh At Em ENT. presents 'Turnt Up Thursdays' hosted by DingBat The Comedian. Show starts at 8pm. Comedians can sign up in advance via e-mail (comediandingbat@gmail.com) or on site at 7:30. Metro friendy."
  • 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.
  • Science Club, 1136 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. "Organized by Last Resort Comedy, Max Rosenblum hosts this weekly Thursday stand up comedy show at Science Club in DuPont Circle. For more information or to perform, email lastresortcomedyshow@gmail.com."
  • Topaz Hotel, 1733 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. Admission is free, and shows run 8 - 10. Lower Level Enlightenment Room. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! $25 cash prize joke contest for non-coms after the show! Metro friendly. Sign-up: e-mail CurtShackelford (at) verizon.net. DON'T CALL TOPAZ.
  • Zeba Bar, 3423 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010. The first Thursday of every month, starting January 2015. This is a walk-in open mic organized by Uptown Comedy. Hosted by Ian Reis and Alexx Starr. Sign-up starts at 9 and the show starts at 9:30. The first 15 people are guaranteed spots.

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.
  • Club One, 8786 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. 22309. The "Traumatic Fridays" open mic starts at 8 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. To sign up, comedians must e-mail in advance (traumaticfriday@gmail.com) or call 571-269-3477 (please do not call the venue).
  • Jose's Grill, 11423 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902. Hosted by Alexx Starr. E-mail alexxstarrjokes@gmail.com to sign up. Show starts at 7:30.
  • Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G St. NW, Washington, DC."The Silver City Comedy Showcase" is every Friday, hosted by Martin Amini. Performers get 5 minutes. For stage time, e-mail SilverCityProd@Me.com
  • Salinas Tavern, 1936 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Near Dupont Circle Metro. Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. Starting 2/20/15. Shows run 8 - 10. Free show and $1 tacos until 9 p.m. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! $25 cash prize joke contest for non-coms after the show. Metro friendly. Sign-up: email CurtShackelford (at) verizon.net with "Salinas Fridays" in email subject line. DON'T CALL SALINAS!

Saturdays

  • Arlington Taphouse, 1325 Wilson Blvd., Arlington,VA 22209. (Rosslyn) "Organized by StandupComedyToGo.com. Starting January 2015. Shows run 8 - 10. Free Show. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! $25 cash prize joke contest for non-coms after the show. Metro friendly(Rosslyn Station). Sign-up: email CurtShackelford@verizon.net with 'Arlington Taphouse Saturdays' in email subject line. DON'T CALL THE TAPHOUSE!"
  • Capitol Lounge, 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Saturday at 7 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Hyatt Regency, 7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814. Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. "Shows run 8 - 10 PM. 7-30 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! Metro friendly! Sign-up, e-mail CurtShackelford (at) verizon.net. DON'T CALL THE HYATT.
  • Old Arlington Grill, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA. Starting at 10:30, organized by Andy Kline and Randolph T. This is a restaurant off the lobby of the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse. Each show features up to 15 comics and admission is free. You can sign up by e-mailing drafthousecomedy@gmail.com.