List of Arizona stand-up open mics as of April 2019. Mostly in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix and non-Tucson areas.
List of Arizona stand-up open mics as of April 2019. Mostly in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix and non-Tucson areas.
Oh my god if it isn't an up-to-date list of currently running stand-up comedy open and booked mics in the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe/Mesa area as of April 18th, 2019.
***Most recent updates
-(4/18) - Adjusted the times for Toso’s
-(4/9) - Grand Avenue Pizza isn’t running tonight and actually is now moving to Sundays temporarily until the end of summer.
-(4/3) Ah the first April update. Its days like this I…fine I’ll get to the point. All about BUSINESS aren’t we? Okay anyway, the unstoppable showrunner Durrell Hearns has this bad boy now. Every Wednesday @ 7:30.
-(3/20) Changing of the guard at Grand Avenue Pizza. Trejon has past this wonderful weekly hosting burden to Joshua Harrison.
-(3/20) Added a Flagstaff open mic that I’ll probably never attend because I have a conflicting paid gig that Thursday at Stand-Up Live and “no” there was no other way to express that sentence without telling you about my conflicting paid gig at Stand-Up Live.
Also disable ad-blocker for JUST THIS WEBSITE PLEASE (I don't even run ads...yet) because if a mic gets cancelled or a new one added I display an announcement bar (not an overlay although I do have an overlay that makes a joke) at the top of the screen and most ad-blocker's catch it. It's up to you, personally IDC cause I make no money from clicks....or anything really ya ad-blockin' bastard.
People said it couldn't be done, comics said no one is capable of putting in the energy to update a site for 5-10 minutes a week and I said "Yeah it does seem tiresome" but here we are with the mics people are brave enough to run EVERY week. Also totally contact these people if you're hesitant to show up. I used to say “contact me” but I’m liiiiiiiiiikkkkee more occupied with comedy nowadays sooooooo sometimes I don’t get back to people soooooooo please don’t hold it against me too much or do, idc im busy trying to never make it yo.
If you are a touring comic first let me just quickly and politely implore you to consider me as your host/opener/feature. Just for even ONE show. Here's a video to sway you. Did you like it? If you did uhhh PLEASE TELL ANY COMEDY CLUB THAT I BEG YOU! And yes I’m aware now that when I foolishly wrote that previous sentence years ago (when I started comedy) I never considered the fact that touring comics could care less about getting other comics gigs, haha! So sad. Anyway, can't wait to hear back from you. And finally second, congratulations! You hit the jackpot of open mic websites for AZ mic information. But just HOW LONG will I keep this up?!
Monday: - Devil's Advocate - Tempe - Sign ups start at 8:00 (yeah already right into it), Fish Food occasionally at 8:30 (dont care what that is? then keep reading) and show at 9 (sometimes usually & sometimes unfortunately later). This mic is ran by the ghost of Dustin Rounds and Zach Fish so contact either if you have any questions or football concerns. Here's a super detailed filer with superfluous amounts of information. If you do happen to be an out of town comic hit up Dustin (or any of these show-runners) ahead of time and he’ll put you up near the front of the show. Also this mic you’re ganna wanna hit last on Monday because 1) The open mic list is always somehow full when it comes out and 2) The audience is usually willing to listen more to comics near the end of the show after sobering up from the substances that once sedated them. Or they’ll ignore you. Whatever. Do what you want IM just trying to be helpful. *Also! If you get there…write my name down plz.
Monday: Tempe Tavern -This is ran by the always cheerful Jeremy Ditto. Starts at 7:30 and on Mondays!!! (used to be a Tuesday mic) Typically. I've done it a few times and its been great! JK! This place is a nightmare! But if you're desperate for that stage time get your buns on down to the tavern and order a frosty ale and sling a few jokes. Maybe hear a few jokes, laugh at a couple or maybe even cry. Feel something because if you feel nothing I GUESS YOU'RE A PSYCHOPATH! Which means you're probably a Leo and good at business or the good parts of Titanic. Fun room. VERY fun room.
Monday: ThirdSpace - Phoenix - Yes there's a mixed variety open mic and it starts at 7:30 and is ran by Savanna Lutmen. Okay so apparently they have up to 10 comics, poets, and musicians sign up (very few poets and musicians here) and if you want a good spot for comedy you better get there at least at 7PM or before because they fill up on spots fast and Miss Lutmen, from personal experience sadly, runs a tight ship so you probably won’t get to go up. I really would get there at 6:-6:30 if you want to sign up and get an earlier spot (or in some cases up at all). Oh and based on more information I got showing up at 5:50 was too late one night for someone as well. Sooooo it really is the wild west in getting a solid spot on that list. Also, and I hope this is a lie, you only get 3 minutes? That cant be right. Run the light! Run the light! Run the light! dont run the light :-(
Tuesday: Dos Gringos (South tempe location) - This is ran by Jill Kimmel and the crowd is mostly all comics. Jill also is usually busy and hands the reins down to local favorite comic, who no one would EVER block, Patrick Chandler to run the show (Don't tell Jill but I KINDA prefer Patrick, the man entices us with wonderful spirits). It also coincides with Taco Tuesday which has numerous tasty marketing deals. This mic starts at 7:30 and ends before 8:30 typically because it gets 5-7+ comics which is sweet. You also get 5-7 minutes but if you're killing it I would say keep going forever. I love this mic as it is the most consistent weekly open mic. Well this next one is pretty reliable all well…(If its Catalinas. Sometimes I move & delete stuff on the site and it will sometimes make this overall narrative not make sense. Understand what I’m talking about? It’s a website editing joke? Yaaaaa?)
Monday: - Plazma - Phoenix - Wowwwwww its the plazma open mic and it starts at 8:30pm. I haven’t gone yet so I dont know anything else but I promise you that room will hopefully be at least light and you’re ganna feel like you shouldn’t miss it and I’m here to tell you that feeling is FOMO and its okay to never pursue stand-up comedy again. Have fun and maybe see you there!
Tuesday: Catalina Sports Bar and Grill - Phoenix - Ran by funny man and original proprietor of “Quail Lounge” Derek McFarland. This mic is a gem. Derek also runs a booked show at "The Sic Sense" theater on Sundays so if you're interested in getting time on that what better way to accomplish that then asking Derek in person. If you don't know what he looks like, just look for a guy who looks like he's good at math but totally isn't. Sign-ups are rumored to start at 6:00! What! And show starts at 7:30. Great mic to go to before hitting Grand Ave. Also if you plan to do this mic show up early and sign-up in person. Get there too late and you’ll get a shorter spot. Derek has the list under lock and key so if you wanna get on you got to show up. The days of writing friends down and getting earlier spots while you’re not there are over at Catalinas and all of us here (me) at trevorskies.com salute you for it!
Tuesday: [BOOKED MIC] - Bridgett's Last Laugh - Phoenix - Since I've started comedy 4+ unsuccessful years ago this booked mic is what every showrunner aspires their room to be. The man, the myth, a Legend in the Hidden Temple John Henry (shout out to the Orange Iguanas) started this mic to forget the divorce and I'm sure it didn't but what I do know is that the show starts at 8. They even mock that club thing where they have an intro video play before the show. Very professional. I tried to find it on youtube but gave up rightfully so after 2 minutes. So if you manage to see it make sure to click like & subscribe because otherwise you'll never find it again. I didn't add this mic to the site until now since I hadn't been on it for a while as I'm notoriously bad at asking to be on shows, which reminds me uhhhh put me on shows please. And again this mic is a huge staple in the local scene as a lot of the local regs try and get booked on it.
Tuesday: [Alternating] Monkey Pants - Tempe - Okay so on on the first and third Tuesdays this mic runs and is ran by local comic Jesse Ever. Starts at 7:30 and heres a flier. If you got any questions, just message Jesse and don’t even feel bad. Spam that dude yo.
Wednesday: Toso's Bar & Restaurant - Phoenix - This mic was previously ran into the ground by a troll but now the sun shines upon this bridge of comedy once again. No longer does Toso’s house madness and has instead captured local mythical beast Kevin Gilroy to guard the electronic pillars of noise built upon a foundation of failed history seeking a beacon of success. And that’s why a lot of people are like “Yeah Shakespeare might not be for me.” Anyway here’s a flier that helps sum it up. Has an early enough start time making it pretty much the only first mic to hit if you plan to easily hit a second. List comes out at 6:30, show starts at 7. Call ahead, not for the show, but to make sure the business still has its lights on.
Wednesday: [BOOKED MONTHLY MIC] - The Grid Games and Growlers - Mesa - A barcade of brilliance. This booked mic has now been passed down to famous porn photographer Marc Silverstein and the store manager of Del Taco Josh Graves. Mic runs at 8:00pm and is monthly which typically I don’t put up monthly shows on here because 1) They usually fully booked when you try to get time 2)They just stop running without notice and no one will know cause they rarely happen 3) I just don’t wannnaaaa okay. The reason I leave “The Grid” up here is because it holds a special place in my heart. This baby used to run weekly but now its aged into a monthly show and damnit if I won’t see its entry here until the end.. Also this bar doesn't sell liquor which is crazy to me because I ordered a vodka and was GIVEN a drink. It was later I found out it was a 40 proof wine type drink that they just doubled the volume of to make for an 80 proof vodka one. Without telling me. Anyway figured I share that story with you incase you weren't already bored or w/e.
Wednesday: The Woodshed -Tempe - It's a Wednesday mic! And...before I give the deets let us take a moment of silence for all the mics I wasted time adding that got cancelled this year of 2018 previous and onwards…. Grill on Mill, Loft Again, 408 Pizza or some shit, Bogey's, Queen's Pizzeria, Murphys Law, Grid (open mic), Monkey Pants, Comedy Off Sunset off Comedy Off Main St. (hey I’m a co-producer on that show), Comedy in Casa Grande (hey I also ran show what gives?) Chop and Wok, Sand Shark Bar & Grill, The entire “Comedy Off Main Street” comedy club, Timeout Lounge, Sunday Seven at Highside, Tukee’s and the many other ones I'm sure were cancelled for pretty good reasons. May all you open mics be remembered as much as an unmarked grave. Just know you existed for at least a day which is a success in it of itself. So many comics think about starting a show and never do but at least these people, who I forget, took a chance and gave birth to these now abandoned children. That's the takeaway I want you to have from all this. Don't ever get an abortion, just abandon your kids. Give them a life no matter how painful! The gift of lifffeeeee! Alright and on that revelation this mic, that I'm sure has a bright future, is ran by the hilarious Zach Fish and co-produced with by the drunk local-young retired-radio announcer (Did I say drunk? I meant hilariously drunk) Ben Anderson! Sign-ups are at 8:00pm and show starts at 9:00pm. Oh, and if you get there during sign ups Mr. Fish will be doing his interactive "Fish Food" segment before the show starts occasionally. What’s "Fish Food" you ask? Well its when Zach Fish gets his computer and loads up interesting YouTube and in a Hail Mary attempt tries to riff a joke on it. The struggle and videos are VERY fun to watch. **Sidenote: the first Wednesday of every month there’s a GLOW show at the Woodshed where its a ladies only booked comedy show but theres an open mic afterwards. Sign-ups for the open mic portion are at 8:45 for that and the GLOW show starts at 9.
Wednesday: Boycott Bar - This hilariously anti-profit named bar w/ awful web presence is brand new and it ruffled some (bird) feathers. Across the block from this establishment is “The Quail Lounge” which has got comics thinking “I’ll sign up for both mics and just wander the streets and listen to no body but my own dumb thoughts” anyway I don’t know much about this mic other than its ran by Bobby Johnson and that within the premiere day of its first show was the same night Quail Lounge became a booked mic. Oh it starts at 9 (or is it 10?). Here’s the flliiierr.
Wednesday: [OPEN MIC] The Quail Lounge - Phoenix - Originally an orgy house, Quail Lounge is a beauty of an open mic and is ran by local farmer Steve Maxwell. Now they claim sign-ups are at 8:30 and they also claim the show starts around 8:45-9:00 but from what I've seen this mic starts when the bar starts paying attention so it starts kinda late. Very fun show come check it out. Its like a Catalina's crowd but the heckling is even more close to you. There's also a rumor if you say "men" three times into the ladies room mirror on a stormy night Ronnie D will show up and rant about her vagina.
Wednesday: [BOOKED MIC] The Lounge - Phoenix - A common obvious question I get is “Trevor, are you gay?” But a less common question I get is “What mic should I go to for a full room?” Well, look no further! (which you won’t anyway cause you lazy) One of the rare weekly comedy shows with a consistent full room. Booked well in advance & you should waste no time hitting up Bryan Ricci for a spot. Also free pizza for performers. Starts at 8. Oh, and someone told me they did this mic once and it didn’t have a full room so I feel inclined to tell you fellow comics that uhhhh get booked at your own risk!
Wednesday: Lacuna Kava Bar - Phoenix - My official #1 fan Durrell Hearns has this new mic going down actually right now. Sorry for the late update bro hope theres a good turn out. Anyway its already got the best flier you can make in MS paint and its every Wednesday at 7:30. List comes out 7:00PM!
Thursday: Improvmania - Chandler - Honestly, I don't EVEN WANT to put this on my site. From what I've seen they get a steady crowd which is pretttyyyyy sweet. But CURSE THIS JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY AS THIS MIC RUNS EVERY THURSDAY @ 8:00PM, OPEN MIC SIGN UPS AT 7:30 BUT GOOD LUCK GETTING A DECENT SPOT! YOU BETTER SHOW UP AT QUARTER TIL 7 IF YOU EVEN WANT A CHANCE AT GETTING A DECENT SPOT ON THE LIST NOW! THIS MIC IS RAN BY THE WONDERFUL RYAN PAUL JOHNSON WHO IS A HEROES TALE OF COMEDY AND ACHIEVEMENTS YOU GOT ME BRO! YOU GOT ME!? WHAT!? YO PASS DAT MALBEC. HELL YEAH!
Thursday: [BOOKED MIC] - ThirdSpace - Phoenix - Now again its a booked mic so book yourself well in advance as you can. In fact this is such a great room I'd suggest going there and groveling to Erin Ontko to get on. Maybe bring a bribe. I'd start with a glass of wine and negotiate from there. It starts at 7:30. This show is booked well in advance.
Thursday: [BOOKED] - Plazma - Phoenix - To start the theme of this show changes weekly. I've been to this mic once and originally I thought it was booked but I never knew it was open until I read the description so I better change my ways while I'm young. Boy, one day you'll be a man. Oh girl, he'll help you understand. Smile like you mean it. Smile like you mean it. Looking back at sunsets on the East side. We lost track of the time. Dreams aren't what they used to be. Some thinnnnggggggs sat by so care-less--ly. Smile like you mean it. Smile like you mean it. And someone is calling my name. From the back of the restaurant. And someone is playing a game in the house that I grew up in. And someone will drive her around down the same streets that I did, on the same streets that I did. The crossroads are Osborn and 16th and showtime is at 8. This mic is ran by Michael Palladino.
Thursday: El Charro Hipster - Phoenix - First this mic usually runs every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Contact the showrunner for confirmation if you’re scared in your comedic boots about showing up to an empty room. Checked it out and fun spot! Durrell Hearns is show runner of this brand new open mic that starts at 7:00PM. Dope flier by the way. Cant wait to go in 6 months so I can accurately describe the look on Durrell’s face from the grueling grind and eventual mental exhaustion it takes running an almost weekly mic. Boobies.
Thursday: Southside Tavern - Flagstaff!? - This mic usually runs every 2nd and 4th Thursday - Okay Flagstaff you can thank Jack Svetz for this sweet plug. Anyone that uses the donor button of the website certainly has my ear and you bet I’ll listen to anyone with money (not that it was a bribe of any sort) but I’d suggest following the page’s Facebook for when it runs. It seems to be sporadic this month but it always has the correct show dates on its “Flaglaffs” page which when I just said out loud sounded like a slur…..sign-ups are out at 7:30 and show is at 8. I don’t know much more than that as its showtime coincides with my weekly paid gig at Stand-Up Live every Thursday @ 10:30PM which is a much much better show :-).
Friday: [BOOKED / OPEN MIC] Highside Bar - Phoenix - OH SHIT! It's a booked Friday Mic and it just underwent some changes. Rob Probably (Maebe) runs this room now so hit him up for spots. Booked show starts at 9 and after that portion of the show is over (all booked comics get a drink token) an open mic starts afterwards with the possibility of a VERY SMALL cash prize. Help our local government (do we have one still?) and buy lottery tickets!
Friday: [BOOKED MIC] ASU Memorial Union - Tempe - Congratulations! Not every comic gets to go to college let alone perform and now you can do both on a Friday night performing for the children of the future apocalypse. My good buddy Quentin Hill and a lady comic who’s name escapes me (but she doesn’t know my name so like thats fair for now) run the prestigious “Stand-Up Vs. The World” comedy show every Friday night during the school semester. Starts usually at 9:00pm and uhhhh good luck finding the place. You will have to go downstairs and you will hate wherever you park BUT theres a full room so its a pretty sweet trade off. If you wanna get booked contact Quentin who will reply to you hopefully within a days time. The man is incredibly busy writing new jokes at all hours of the day so good luck getting ahold of him.
Sunday: Grand Avenue Pizza Company - Phoenix - Joshua Harrison (aka the comic who won’t invite me on his booked show) runs this undying open mic. Show starts at 7:00 and comics get a pizza deal which is 2 slices (cheese, pepperoni and/or specialty slice) and a drink for $5.99. Actually, the deal might be for everyone. I'm not certain. Do they even still do the “deal?” Whatever. I prefer to avoid gluten and brag about it. Oh and these new Sunday hours are just for the summer unless they make more money on Sundays. Then Sunday would be the new permanent date.
Sunday: [BOOKED MIC] - The Sic Sense Theatre - Phoenix - Local comic & undercover high school cop Derek McFarland just upgraded from the dive bar life to an actual showroom! Derek ran Catalina Comedy which he did start to finish for 3 years and FINALLY will be enjoying the fruits of his labor. Now riding on the water theme this will be rebranded as "Castaway Comedy" as shown on the first flier here. When Derek broke the news to the owner about moving the show...well you should see the heartfelt exchange yourself. Show starts at 8:00 & there's a $5 cover. They serve beer there. Also is there a cover still? Guys if you can spare it bring $5 JUST in case.
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There are some other mics around but I only like listing what I know is currently happening as I don't want any outdated information like all these other garbage webpages I kept running into or a poor faceless clone of my local open mic idea in order to push festivals & ticket sales. This being a primary reason of why I've excluded certain shows because I simply don't frequent them enough nor hear about them and baby I WANT DAT consistency. So if all of what I've posted simply isn't enough, if SOMEHOW your comedy cravings desire more, even about the excluded shows, then I'd follow trevor_skies on Snapchat. Maybe you'll catch a venue or two I haven't posted about. Or bad one liners. Or nudity.
[BONUS WEEKLY THURSDAY FUN SHOW] Also if you have time and want to see the funniest weekly show Phoenix has then check out "This Week Sucks Tonight!" at StandUpLive every Thursday. Show starts @ 10:30pm. Ran by Anwar Newton and Michael Turner who every week put together a slideshow of news segments and put up comics in-between stories. You might have Q’s like: Will these comics be able to tell their jokes without interruption?" A: No. Q2: "Will I still laugh?" A2: Yes. But not because the performer did well although its been rumored to happen. I also help light the show with an old "Hollywood Video" spotlight. Oh and somehow this show is free, simply a crime.
Thats it for now if you want more information of the professional comedy clubs go visit House of Comedy, Comedy Spot, Tempe Improv, and StandUpLive. StandUpLive and Tempe Improv often do monthly New Face shows so if you're looking for a sold out crowd and can bring 10 people (Your family, another family and one more incase neither family is Mormon) then this is the mic for you. If this information helped you at all I would like to guilt you into conveying a thank you of some sort through social or in person or hell just a simple follow on Twitter. Now run-a-long thats all I have.
Bonne journée! If you plan to catch me testing potential new material or polishing jokes I'll typically be at Devils, Dos Gringos, Tempe Tavern, Grand Ave (if its running), Woodshed throughout the week. This section feels like a waste. Like what NEW information did you learn? Places I'll be at that I already mentioned? I gotta..I gotta make this section of the webpage count. I gotta add something of value. Jesus. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh "What should I talk about?" - An open mic comic