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.
203 SE Grand
Hosted by Jessie McCoy
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.
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.
Mama-Son’s Open Mic
11pm – Whenever
125th & Division
Sign Up with Jamie Stewart
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.
2432 SE 11TH AVE
7:30PM – Late
Hosted by Anatoli Brant, and sometimes others
A grazing ground for those unable to get on at Helium and the general SE populous, The Funhouse Lounge is a treasure trove of stage time spanning over the evening. Make note that there are two portions of the mic:
– An early show (7:30PM – 9:30PM) to accommodate those who wish to sign up in person
– A later show (9:45PM – Eventually) for those who prefer to sign up online the night before
Signups for the early mic start at 7:00PM in person, with the list usually filling up sometime around 7:30. Signups for the later mic happen online between 12:00AM – 2:00PM by messaging Anatoli Brant via FB. Take note that sometimes upwards of 50 people can go up over the course of the night, so buckle in. Newcomers welcome. “Enjoy” the “clown room”.
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.
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.
426 SW Washington St, Portland
Hosted by Various
Monthly mic 2nd Thursdays starting December 12th. FB Message Shannan Hunt starting December 10th at midnight for a spot. 30 spots available. Walking distance to Brody for double dippers. Open to one or two long sets (10-12 minutes) for comics wanting to work out their material.
Stage time 4-5 minutes.
No mics presently. Be a peach and start one. Or claim this as comedy Sabbath…or something.
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 (715) 864-9319
Renovated venue, great stage, legit sound, and lighting. Sign-up: in person at 9:30 or send JoAnn a FB message.
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!