List of Arizona stand-up open mics as of October 2019. Mostly in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix and non-Tucson areas.
List of Arizona stand-up open mics as of October 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 October 17th, 2019.
***Most recent updates
(10/17) Linger Longer is cancelled or at least hiatus.
(10/6) - Added Marc Richi has a new mic. Starts tonight! Its at “il Asilo”. Starts at 7:15. Sign-ups 6:30.
(9/18) - Justin Tietjen is running a room at a coffee shop. It alternates and the next one is October 1st.
(9/12) - Added a new Friday Mic at Lovecraft. It’s even an open mic!
(9/12) - The Concierge open mic this recent September Tuesday had 42 sign ups (gross) and the next show is (9/24).
(9/12) - Grand Ave is on Thursdays now.
(9/10) - Linger Lounger Lounge didn’t run last week (September 4th) so definitely check ahead with the showrunner. Pretty sure it’ll run this week, its unpatriotic not to have a mic run on 9/11.
(9/4) Added that VoyagePhoenix did a piece on “This Week Sucks Tonight!” and Michael Turner gave me a shout out (thx bro #humbled) **Special Flagstaff date this September 20th for the Big Pine Comedy Festival***
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?!
[WEEKLY WEDNESDAY FUN SHOW] Stand-Up Live - Phoenix - Before you get into the delicious open mics Phoenix has to offer & if you have time and want to see the funniest weekly show Phoenix has then check out "This Week Sucks Tonight!" at StandUpLive every Wednesday. Live streamed on all platforms. Show starts @ 8pm. Ran by Anwar Newton and Michael Turner who every week put together slideshows of news segments and local (but hopefully out-of-town) comics to follow. You might have questions like Q1: Will these comics be able to tell their jokes without interruption?" A: No. Q2: "Will I still laugh?" A: 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 so if you find me come on by and say “Hi! Thanks for the website, here’s some money for the time you’ll never get back!” Oh and after 2.5 years the show is now charging a $5 ticket price but it is after all at the premiere comedy club in Arizona with a zero drink minimum so its a heck of a fair bargain. Most of the time.
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 plus its bucket for the first hour anyway 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 I’m just trying to be helpful. *Also! If you get there…write my name down plz.
Monday: CB Live - Phoenix - The desperate description I read for this new open mic called “The Bucket List” was so good I’m just going to copy and paste the deets from a post according to Bobby Johnson. That, plus I’m clearly lazy. Bobby said: “The Bucket List is the newest open mic to hit the scene in Phoenix. Join us every Monday at 7:30 as the hottest comedians in the Valley come to CB Live to showcase their talents. This is always a free show and will include exceptional food and drink specials. We will personally book 4 spots on each show which will ensure the most brilliant of open mic lineups! The rest of the spots will be pulled out of a bucket. Included in the bucket spots are 3 creative, artistic, and innovative comedic challenges... Hence the name "The Bucket List". Comedians please show up around showtime to put your name in the bucket. The spots will be pulled at the beginning of the show so you will know immediately if you will be performing. We won't hold you hostage!!! The Bucket List promises to be a great hang and you will have the opportunity to have constructive conversations with the bookers of our venues. They will be present at every show! This will be an opportunity to showcase your talent and possibly be booked to host at Stand Up Live, Tempe Improv, and CB Live. There will be an audience vote for the best bucket spot and that comic will host the bucket portion of the next weeks open mic...” Okay “hi!” Trevor Skies again, surprise. Did you get all the details? Good. Don’t forget them. It’ll all be very safe down there because like they said with 3 exclamation points “We won’t hold you hostage!!!”
Tuesday: Tempe Tavern -This is ran by celebrity Minecraft pro Jeremy Ditto. He’s the guy wearing a black shirt sporting a band you stopped listening to in the 20th century. Starts at 7:30 and is back in its Tuesday time slot as the CB Live open mic dominates Monday. A bit about the Tavern…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.
Tuesday: [BOOKED MIC] - Bridgett's Last Laugh - Phoenix - Since I've started comedy 4+ super successful 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.
Tuesday: [Alternating] The Concierge - Phoenix - Okaayyyy so on the second and fourth Tuesdays this mic runs and is ran by local comic Phillip Jewell who originally wanted to make it first and third Tuesdays but that would have been completely retarded. Sign-ups are at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:00. Although it appears the next show is September 14th.
Tuesday: [Alternating] Jarrod’s Coffee - Mesa - Really? Mesa? Kidding. But really?! Another alternating open mic? Well it’s on the first and third Tuesday of the month unless its a full moon. The list caps at 5 Leo’s or 3 Virgo’s whichever comes first and Libras can’t sign up. The effervescent Justin Tietjen alongside Kristin LaVanway run this PG-13 open mic. That’s right keep it clean(ish) everyone. Being offensive isn’t what comedy is about, its about being nice and making fun lighthearted observations and checking in with the audience every couple minutes making sure no one is offended. If on the rare chance someone does feel attacked by words from a stranger *thats* when the show stops, Q&A’s happen and people are fired off SNL. Hahahaha!!! Poor Shane. Heartbreaking stuff. But he got further than Jim Carry and thats a small win right? No answer? You’re a quiet one. Ohhhhhh you wanted the sign up time? Well sign-ups are at 6 and list comes out at 7. The next two shows should be October 1st and 15th. Here’s a horrifying flier! And if anyone asks if those rules above are true the only way is to come down and find out yourself (If you a Libra stay home though).
Tuesday: [Monthly :-/] Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix - RUNNING TONIGHT SEPTEMBER 17th! A monthly bucket show hosted by 311 superfan & local flat earther & recent homeowner Matt Micheletti. Grats on the house bro. Mic starts at 8PM and is lottery style for 5 minute sets. Next one is September 17th.
Tuesday: Bench Bar - Tempe - Welcome to a very large room! It’s so big that when I’m on stage I look at all the empty chairs and ask myself “I wonder how much the rent here is?” and then am grateful my name isn’t on the lease. They have their own website though so theres alot of hope for Bench Bar! This baby is ran by promotor and flier creator extraordinaire Bobby Johnson. Mic starts at 9:30 and idk when the list comes out. Man I wonder how much rent there is? Place is scary big.
Tuesday: El Charro Hipster - Phoenix - Just premiered this June as we lost two other Tuesday open mics this week alone but theres a flicker of hope. Light at the end of the tunnel. Gasoline on the White House lawn and the man that plans to give us the Tuesday open mic of our dreams is local born-again-Christian Noah Flores. The mic starts at 7 and the list comes out at 5:30 so people with 9-5 jobs can pretend they have time to get there before everyone else. Here’s this flier that has so much wrong with it yet…I can’t look away. The prize to the comic that has the best set of the night, the comic who wins the laughs of possibly a dozen people will win the grand prize of…a freeeeeeeee drink.
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 - [CLOSED SEPTEMBER 18th] Ran by the hilarious Zach Fish and co-produced with by the local-young retired-radio announcer Ben Anderson! Sign-ups are at 8:00pm and show starts at 9:00pm. I think this bar is fucking with me as there’s lots of themed mic’s starting in July but to my knowledge theres always an open mic to follow. The second Wednesday of the month will always be a pure open mic. Before every show Mr. Fish will be doing his interactive "Fish Food" segment before the show starts. What’s "Fish Food" you ask? Well its when Zach Fish gets his computer and loads up interesting YouTube & Live Leak vids in a public place and in a Hail Mary attempt tries to riff a joke on it with a guest. **Sidenote: the first Wednesday of every month there’s a GLOW show at the Woodshed where its a ladies only booked comedy show and afterwards an open mic. Sign-ups for the open mic portion are at 8:45 for that and the GLOW show starts at 9. The Second Wednesday is pure open mic. Third Wednesday is Glendon Mcgee’s show “Ready and Scene” that starts at 8. Last Wednesday of the month will be Alice Valpey’s “Burnout!” The first “Burnout!” show will be July 31st 9PM and it’ll be the best one of the themed shows! (I’m on this one). Now I’d like to address Glendon’s mic and if improv is involved then the name of the show should really be “Ready End Scene” right? I’m just saying Glendon. Don’t say “yes” or “no” to it yet but mull it overnight and make the right decision in the morning. Cool?
Wednesday: Boycott Bar - Phoenix - 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. Okay this is a 10pm start time mic, happy now? Very fun show come check it out. Its like Tempe Tavern 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 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 failed basic cable personality Matt Broome 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: [BOOKED MIC?] Lacuna Kava Bar - Phoenix - My official #1 fan Durrell Hearns just stared this mic April ‘19 and I’ve been hitting it every week. Love the intimate room and Durrell always brings the energy. Sometimes with a skull. Anyway, its already got the best flier you can make in MS paint and it starts around every Wednesday at 7:30-8. List comes out 7-7:30PM!
Thursday: Improvmania - Chandler - Honestly, I don't *even want* to put this on my site although because of shear popularity this is a bucket style mic now because well…that’s what I’d do. People hitting up the showrunner all the time “can you write me down brahhh?” Nope! It’s a bucket ya lazy fool! 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, SIGN UP FOR THE BUCKET STARTS AT 7:30 & 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!? PASS THAT MALBEC…no….the one on the left…your right…YES! THAT ONE! HELL YEAH!
Thursday: Grand Avenue Pizza Company - Phoenix - Joshua Harrison 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.
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 MIC] - ASU Memorial Union - Tempe - [Currently running] 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 runs 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.
Friday: [BOOKED MONTHLY MIC] - The Nile Coffee Shop - Downtown Mesa - Transportation a problem? Then you’re in luck cause the light rail (pending you survive) will drop your buns right in front of this wonderful mic ran by the black belt of vape pens, my pal, Derrick Ambri. This mic runs every third Friday of the month. Show starts @ 8.
Friday: Lovecraft -The open mic Friday saint Shelby Gonzalez runs this mic every week and show starts at 9. Sign-ups start an hour before showtime and I’m not sure how strict they are on late show-ups but there’s a large implication that you have to buy something. I’m not sure that’s true but if you can’t give a dollar than I’m sure they’ll understand your disastrous financial situation.
Friday: [BOOKED MIC] - Improvmania - Chandler - After harshly and possibly fairly judging you at the Thursday open mic Ryan and Dave will possibly consider giving you a spot at this cozy club for its weekend shows. Unless your name is Jonathan Gerber (who I fear were to get the spot would disappear into thin air on completion of his life’s mission). Its a combo of improv and stand-up and tickets are $14 which you can buy online or at the door. Improv starts at 9 and stand-up starts at 10 and goes until 11 but please feel free to absolutely leave whenever. It’s your Saturday too and you don’t owe anybody anything (unless you do then pay. up. bitch.) Any questions you can call (480)-699-4598 any hour of the night but I’d recommend contact during operation hours. You can visit their home page for additional info. Btw bros you should have a highlighted section on the site addressing the insane construction going on downtown and parking recommendations. Finding a place to park in AZ doesn’t freak me out but there’s people (losers) out there who get stressed having to drive over the overpass or anything outside 1 mile from their home. Shoutout to like *every* old person.
Saturday: [BOOKED MIC] - Improvmania - Chandler - Exactly like the entry above but Saturday.
Sunday: il Asilo - Phoenix - The lost son of Gotham Marc Richi runs it. I'‘ll update this more later but TLDR: Mic starts at 7:30 and sign-ups are at 6:30. Is this place a haunted house? Also comics get 5 minutes or 7 minutes with purchase of food or drink. So if you run the light get out that wallet (Cash App?) baby.
Sunday: [Biweekly 3 Booked + Open Mic] The Grand - Phoenix - Yes another Sunday mic! Isn’t it Grand? That’s right the two mics on Sunday both creatively have the word grand in their name which makes one think: “what.” Hosting the show is Duck Dynasty superfan Bubba McComb who made a wonderful flier. Show starts at 8 and list comes out at 7. Keep in mind this mic runs biweekly so the next one is July 14th so do the math from there. The first 3 comics are booked at the rest is open mic. If any of this confuses you or you need clarification please do not message me about it ;-).
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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.
Thats it for now if you want more information of the professional comedy clubs go visit House of Comedy, Comedy Spot, Tempe Improv, CB LIVE 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. But if you want to be my personal hero then use my donation button (aka Venmo and/or Cashapp). 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, 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