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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: 4/1/16

Sundays

  • Golf Ultra Lounge, 8123 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. The second and fourth Sunday of every month, starting at 6 p.m. Organized and hosted by Alexx Starr. E-mail alexxstarrjokes@gmail.com to sign up.
  • Handsome Cock, 1334 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Every week starting at 6 p.m. Organized by Alex Barbag. Sign up on site or e-mail alexbarbagcomedyshow@gmail.com in advance. Facebook page
  • 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)."
  • O'Sullivans Irish Pub, 3201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. Starting 9/6/15. 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). 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. Starting 3/22/15, organized by Chris Brandt. Show starts at 7:30. Comedians can e-mail readingroomcomedy@gmail.com to sign up.
  • The Red Lounge, 2013 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Laugh At Em ENT. presents 'Love Jones Sunday' hosted by DingBat The Comedian. Show starts at 7. Comedians can sign up in advance via e-mail (tjacksonsr.91@icloud.com) or on site at 6:30. Metro friendly."
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Recessions, 1823 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Organized by Pretty Funny Entertainment. First and third Monday of the month. Shows starts at 8 p.m. and sign up is on site.
  • Shenanigans, 2450 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. Starting October 19. "Organized by Last Resort Comedy, Max Rosenblum hosts 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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. The first and third Wednesday of the month. Sign-up on site.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Venice Tavern, 339 South Conkling St., Baltimore, MD. The second Wednesday of each month. Comedian sign-up starts at 8.
  • 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 p.m., starting July 24, 2014. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • Jake's Boiler Room, 5018 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008. A weekly combined music / comedy open mic. The comedy starts at 9 p.m. Organized by Charlie DeCell. Sign up on site-or by messaging Charlie at charliedecell@gmail.com.
  • 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.
  • Salty Dog Tavern, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Organized by Starr Struck Comedy. Free show starting at 8. E-mail alexx@starrstruckcomedy.com to sign up.
  • The Town Tavern, 2323 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. "Organized by Last Resort Comedy, Max Rosenblum hosts 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.
  • 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

  • The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Organized by Underground Comedy. Free show every Saturday at 10 p.m. E-mail undergroundcomedydc@gmail.com for a spot.
  • 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.
  • 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 and admission is free. You can sign up by e-mailing drafthousecomedy@gmail.com.
  • 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.
  • O'Sullivans Irish Pub, 3201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. Starting 9/5/15. Organized by Standupcomedytogo.com. FREE Show runs from 8 - 10. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! Metro friendly(Clarendon station). Sign-up: e-mail CurtShackelford (at) verizon.net. DON'T CALL O'SULLIVAN'S.