List of Arizona stand-up open mics as of January 2018. Mostly in Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix.
List of Arizona stand-up open mics as of January 2018. Mostly in Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix.
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 January 4th 2018.
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 or me for confirmation if you're hesitant to show up. None of these people are busy and have nothing better to do then feel important so...make their day!
If you are a touring comic first let me just quickly and politely implore you to consider me as your opener. Just for even ONE show. Here's a video to sway you. Did you like it? Awesome! Can't wait to hear from you! And second, congratulations! You hit the jackpot of open mic websites for AZ mic information. But just HOW LONG will I keep this up?!
BTW I co-run the show "Comedy Off Sunset @ Comedy Off Main St." which next date will be January 18th 2018 at Comedy Off Main St. Its a show that blends comics from LA and AZ. I book the AZ portion while Kevin Collier does the LA portion.
Monday: Timeout Lounge - What was once a "Ghost mic" as nobody actually ran it someone finally decided to take charge and that man is a DJ. And not just any DJ, we talking DJ Payne so hit him up with any questions about the mic. Every Monday you'd find a mic stand on stage and comics like moths to a flame, or guns to a school, flock to it. Who puts this stand there? Nobody knows. Maybe we created it within our sheer will power of wanting to perform or maybe the owner were just too lazy to move it. Who knows. But what knowledge we do have is they knowingly are letting us perform weekly at 9:00 PM and we are exploiting them hard. Sign ups come out hopefully by 8:30pm.
Monday: [HALF BOOKED / HALF OPEN] - Devil's Advocate - This mic runs Mondays and sign ups start at halftime in NFL ball time homie. So the mic start time will vary as much as when sign ups start. This mic is ran by Dustin Rounds so contact him if you want to be on the booked portion. If you just wanna show up go up then after the booked portion is over you can get a few minutes during the open mic that follows. Here's a super detailed filer with superfluous amounts of information.
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 deals. This open mic starts at 7:30 and ends before 9:00 typically because it gets 6-8+ comics which is awesome. I don't know how much time you get 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.
Tuesday: Tempe Tavern - This is ran by the always cheerful Jeremy Ditto. Starts at 8:00 and sign ups are at 7:45. Typically. I've done it a few times and enjoyed the heck outa it. So 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 politics.
Tuesday: Catalina Sports Bar and Grill - Ran by the hilarious Derek McFarland this mic is a gem. Now despite the massive amount of typos I probably have on this site this is not one of them. Yes, you're reading that right. There is a bar brave enough to host two comedy mics a week. This is the day the open mic runs while the booked show is Sunday. So if you're interested in getting time on the booked portion 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 at 7:00 and show starts at 8:00. Great mic to go to before hitting Grand Ave.
Tuesday: Grand Avenue Pizza Company - This is a great mic when it operates. It isn't the most consistent of mics but gosh darnit if it isn't one of my favorites! If you have any doubts if its running just tweet at me (@trevorskies) or maybe @bucknewman. This show is ran by Buck and Trejon Dunkley and the show starts at 9:00 making it very easy to hit Dos Gringos first and then make the drive to Grand Ave for a second mic. Also 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.
Wednesday: Toso's Bar & Restaurant - Formally known as "Crack-ups" this place just went under new management, management that came to the comedy show to tell us their only plans for it were to promote and make it better. The host of this show is the wonderful...no she wouldn't say that, uh....the lovely....nope she wouldn't say that either. Okay. The depressed Courtney Wahlstrom! Nailed it. This mic starts around 8ish and you get anywhere from 5-7 minutes depending on whats going on.
Wednesday: Bonus Round - This one underwent changes and I have NO idea when it starts and stops now. Literally just ask around and tell me wth is going on. Erick Biez runs a show here once a month but idk about the separate duel music/comedy that runs. So what I'm saying is Toso's is your best bet because this one would start around the same time. But ask around at these other mics and I'm sure someone will pay attention and tell you nothing. Idk.
Wednesday: [Alternating Open/Booked Mic] The Grid Games and Growlers - Oh boy oh boy. How to explain this. Every other Wednesday there is an open mic and every other Wednesday there is a booked mic. Confused? I hope so you idiot. Essentially every week its a booked OR open mic depending what happened the previous week. So for instance on May 31st is a booked mic so June 7th would be an open mic which is ran by not Daniel Coon but a guy named Zach soooo yeah and starts at 9:00pm with list out at 7:30PM (Right!?). The booked mic is ran by the hilarious Joe Gangemi and starts at 8:00pm. 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. 12/20/17 will be the next open mic.
Wednesday: The Woodshed - 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 2017. Grill on Mill, 408 Pizza or some shit, Bogey's, Queen's Pizzeria, Monkey Pants, Chop and Wok 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. Alright and on that revelation this mic that I'm sure has a bright future is ran by the hilarious duo Zach Fish and Jarrett Nez. Dude I can't find Zach Fish's Facebook. Wait a second...yeah can't find it. Well I'm sure whatever he called his profile will end up on my feed eventually and I'll link it then. Sign-ups are at 8:00pm and show starts at 9:00pm.
Wednesday: The Quail Lounge - This beauty is an open mic at the moment but is pending to change and is ran by the most gangster dad in the valley 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.
Wednesday **NEW MIC**: The Breakroom Bar & Grill - Open mics like flies have a very short life span which is why its important to savor this new FLY open mic at 8pm every week @ "The Breakroom Bar & Grill" started by Bobby Johnson aka "MellowBEntertainment". Also it does seem to be first come first served and I'm not sure how strict that rule is. Here's a FB link for the first show which I'll leave so long as it gets updated. Its accurate NOW but only time will tell.
Thursday: [SOME BOOKED / REST OPEN] Improvmania - Honestly, I don't EVEN WANT to put this on my site. Its mostly an open mic but they start with 3 booked comics and the list comes out afterwards. 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. THE WONDERFUL RYAN PAUL JOHNSON RUNS IT AND 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] - Third Space - 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 (Do I HEAR $1!?). It starts at 7:30.
Thursday: [HALF BOOKED / HALF OPEN] - Spinelli's - If that sounds confusing to you, Jesus. Yes, you read that right. Its half and half baby! Open mic list comes out at 9:00, booked show starts at 9:30 and the open mic starts at around 10:30 (sometimes sooner). This mic is ran by my good buddy the wondrous super energetic Justin Tietjen so hit him or me up for a booked spot thats 7 minutes or just show up & sign up and get 4. If you're pondering wether there's a good crowd here YOU BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR.
Thursday: [HALF BOOKED / HALF OPEN] - Plazma - To start 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 8. This mic is ran by Michael Palladino.
Sunday: Comedy Off Main St. - It's an open mic AND on a weekend. Wow. Who would have thought this feat possible? Chris Zuiker of course and the man they got to host it is Brady Ingledue and the list comes out at 6:45 and show starts at 7:00. Last sign-ups are at 7:45 so if you show up at 8:00 looking to make the host and everyone stay longer TOO BAD! (BTW not sure how accurate THIS information is so send me message if you know this is at all accurate.)
Sunday: [BOOKED MIC] - Catalina Sports Bar and Grill - Great mic and ran by the hilarious Derek McFarland. Show starts at 7:00 and you can headline it or lock a spot in early in advance, sorta a mix but all comics are welcome to give it a shot. Hit Derek up for spots if you want it.
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. 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] Also if you have time (or don't. Make it.) and want to see the funniest weekly show Arizona has then check out "This Week Sucks Tonight!" at Crescent Ballroom every Thursday. Show starts @ 11pm. 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 questions like "Will these comics be able to tell their jokes without interruption?" No. "Will I still laugh?" Probably more so then if they had finished their joke. I go to this mic as often as I can because it's just SO DAMN funny. Also somehow this show is free, a fucking crime.
Thats it for now if you want more information of the professional comedy clubs go visit House of Comedy, Comedy Spot, Tempe Improv, StandUpLive OR the newest and HOTTEST comedy club in Arizona "Comedy Off Main". 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.
Bonjour, 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