Why sit at home just thinking about laughing? There are free open mics dedicated to comedy almost every night of the week. Come out and try your hand at stand-up, do a sketch with a friend, or just come to enjoy the pain and joy that comes with live comedy (by the way, if you ARE sitting at home and thinking about laughing, then you are in a very dark place – find an outlet).
Times can vary and things can change. Also, many Portland general open mics will allow comics to join in the fray. When in doubt, it is always best to just ask the establishment.
Ask the Man. Trust the Man. Be the Man.
228 NW Davis Street
9:00pm – 11:00pm
Hosted by Kevin-Michael Moore
The longest running mic in Portland. Boiler Room is a staple of the Portland comedy scene. If you like L-shaped rooms and people waiting for karaoke, then look no further. 3 minute spots.
Sign-up: 20 slots available. Send Kevin-Michael Moore a Facebook and request a spot. Often full as early as 3pm so ask early.
Eagle Eye Tavern (Critical Comedy)
5836 SE 92nd Ave
Hosted by Kristine Levine
Critical Comedy is a workshop open mic, so bring extra paper so people can give you notes. Sign up with Kristine Levine day of, but use this one sparingly so everyone can have a chance to use it.
203 SE Grand
Hosted by Jen Tam/Raishawn Wickwire
Just a hop skip over the river from Boiler Room this mic will take place every other Monday. Sign ups at 9:15, in person, start time 9:30/45. Usually every other week.
6517 SE Foster Rd
Hosted by Matt Styner
A followup to the “Laugh Yer Ass Off” weekly show, comics get 5 minutes on a little stage where the bar patrons can’t help but look at you. Sign ups start in person at 9:30, and the mic goes til 12:00, or when we run out of comics. Come for the showcase, stay for the mic.
Helium Comedy Club
1510 SE 9th Avenue
Hosted by rotation, usually current weekend’s host
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Portland’s “A” club, and home to some of the friendliest audiences in town.
Doors for sign-up start at 6PM make note to get there close to then, as the list tends to fill up quickly. At 7PM, the sign-up list is pulled, and at 7:30PM the line-up for the night is posted at the bar. Take note that sign-up is NOT based on a first come first serve basis. Helium curates the list based on a number of innocuous variables. You may not get on. Don’t sign up too many people at once, and don’t burn the light.
*Don’t start here it is very easy to do well and give you a false sense of security about your skills also if you do really bad you may not get on again.
350 W. Burnside
9:00pm – Whenever
Hosted by Richie Stratton
Dante’s is a vast and colorful room, the current mic takes place before The Ed Forman Show. Sign-up in person. Stage Time: 5 minutes, plus some people get drink tickets.
16 NW Broadway
Hosted by various
Brody has added yet another open mic on Tuesday nights! Sign up via FB message with Anatoli Brant the morning of the show anytime from 12:01am – 2pm Tuesday afternoon. Accommodations will be made if you also get on at the Helium mic. 4min sets.
Boogie’s Burgers (We’re All Going To Make It!)
910 E Burnside St.
11:00PM – Whenever it ends…
Hosted by Venu Mattraw/Aaron Klopfer
WE’RE ALL GOING TO MAKE IT is half open mic, half shitstorm. Every Tuesday, each performing comic is accompanied on stage by one of Portland’s seasoned comedy veterans, whose sole purpose is to make your jokes funnier. Don’t try to do new material, just go with the flow and you’ll be fine.
16 NW Broadway
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Hosted by various people
Brody is a cool space, and it has a nice downtown location.
Sign-up: 24 slots per night. Sign-up online: 12:01 am-2pm via Facebook message to Anatoli Brant. Open mic info: http://www.brodytheater.com/om.html
Stage time: 4 Mins.
Open Mic at The Tonic Lounge
3100 NE Sandy
Hosted by Whitney Streed
Starts shortly after the Weekly Recurring Humor Night showcase ends. The showcase starts at 9:30 so the mic usually begins by 11. Sign-up in person at Tonic starting at 9pm unless you are coming from another mic or are otherwise unable to get there in person. 3-5 minutes.
2432 SE 11TH AVE
Sign up in person @7pm
Show @7:30 – 9pm
Rotating MC – Weekly
Short and sweet and great for double dippers.
Common Grounds (Comedy Buzz)
4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd
First Wednesday of the month
8 – 10pm
Hosted by Whitney Johnson
Sign ups at 8pm at the venue. 4min sets.
16 NW Broadway
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Hosted by various talents
Brody has a second open mic, so rejoice!
Sign-up: 24 slots per night. Sign-up online: 12:01 am-2pm via Facebook message
to Anatoli Brant. Open mic info: http://www.brodytheater.com/om.html
Stage Time: 4 Mins.
Dusty’s Bar & Grill
5902 SE Foster Rd
9pm – whenever
Hosted by Patrick Thomas Perkins
This is a long-form mic, where comics get upwards of ten minutes to stretch their legs comedically. To sign up message Patrick Thomas Perkins anytime between Wednesday at 11:59pm and Thursday at 8pm. (You can also sign up in person at the venue with PTP at 8:30pm.)
5827 E Burnside St
7:30 – 9pm
Hosted by Andy MacDonald
Sign up in person with Andy at 7pm. List is first-come first-serve.
1403 NE Sandy Blvd
6 – 8pm
Sign up in person at venue at 5:30pm. 3-7min sets.
Boogie’s Burgers (SWAG TMI)
910 E Burnside St
Rotating guest hosts
Boogie’s Burgers added a late open mic on Fridays! Hooray! Sign up in person at Boogie’s at 10:30pm.
3564 SE Hawthorne
9:00PM – Close
Hosted by Tristian Spillman
Now starts directly after the showcase. Sign-Ups start at 8pm. A really cool little space, though it can get quite crowded. Sign-up: In person at the venue at 8pm. Contact Tristian for details
Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Hosted by Barbara Holm and Curtis Cook
*This mic is ALL AGES.
Curious Comedy has a great, supportive atmosphere for comedy, plus it kind of feels like a ski lodge, which makes you feel like a classy broad. Sign-up: There are 20 spots on the list, so plan on getting there by about 7:30pm. Stage time: 3 mins
Bar of the Gods
4801 SE Hawthorne
10:30 to 12:30
Hosted by Dan Weber, and others
Now starts directly after the showcase. Sign-ups start around 8pm.
CONTROL YOURSELF at Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta Street
1st & 3rd Showcase 9pm with Open Mic to follow
Open Mic every Sunday 10pm
Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle
Renovated venue, great stage, legit sound, and lighting. Sign-up: in person at 9:30 or send JoAnn a FB message.
426 SW Washington Ave
4 – 6pm
Hosted by Shannan Hunt & Aaron Klopfer
Sign-ups at 3:30pm in person and online the day before up until noon Sunday (via FB message to Shannan Hunt or Aaron Klopfer). 5-7min sets, but if more than 20 comics sign up then sets go down to 3-5mins.
11475 SW Pacific Hwy
Hosted by Belinda Carroll
Booked showcase & open mic. Open mic performers are shuffled in-between the showcase comics. Sign up for open mic in person with Belinda at 9:30pm.
Do you have an open mic that you’ve started that you’d like to see on this list? No prob. Contact Danny Felts via FB with all pertinent info and he will add it at his soonest convenience. Thanks!