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.
The Real Comedy Spot Open Mic at the Red Room
2530 NE 82nd Ave
10:00pm – 1:00am
Hosted by Angela Olson and The Real Hyjinx
The Real Comedy Spot is back! Angela Olson and The Real Hyjinx have built a great show and a great community. Run like a showcase with musical intros! 5-10 minute sets.
Sign-up: Sign up at the venue by 9:30. No guarantee of mic time given for late arrival so get there early to get your time.
Helium Comedy Club
1510 SE 9th Avenue
Hosted by rotation, usually current weekend’s host
8:00pm – 10:00pm
This mic is in Portland’s new club, on the main stage. Some of the best open mic crowds in town. 3 minute sets.
Sign-up: Sign-up between 6pm and 7pm. The list is only 20-25 comics long and is posted at 7:30.
LOL! Open Mic at Funhouse Lounge
2432 SE 12th
Hosted by Anatoli Brant and others
8:30pm – 10:00pm
This is a neat room to work out material in. Pluses include a fun, friendly atmosphere and a very nice main room. Minuses include an often comic-heavy audience and a chamber of clowns in between the bar and the bathroom. 4-5 minute sets.
Sign-up: Sign up with Anatoli Brant on Facebook before 6pm or sign up at the venue (when the list will likely be quite long). Show starts at 8pm (so you have time to find out if you are on the Helium list should you be so moved).
DSL Open Mic at Dante’s
350 W Burnside
Hosted by Rochelle Love
9:00 – 10:00
It’s back! Did you even know it was gone? Rochelle Love brings her short and sweet open mic back to Dante’s before the weekly comedy talk show Tonight on the Rocks. 5-7 minute sets.
Sign-up: Get in touch with Rochelle online or via text before 7pm. List is short and fills up fast.
16 NW Broadway
9:00pm – 11:30pm
Hosted by Elizabeth Teets-Restau
Brody is a cool space with the posters you only wished you had in your dorm room, and it has a nice downtown location. 4-5 minute sets.
Sign-up: 20 slots per night. Sign-up online by emailing on Wednesday from 12:01am-3pm to email@example.com or contacting Tom Johnson on Facebook. You will not hear back unless the mic is full, so if you get your request in on time, assume you have a spot. The list always fills well before the 3pm deadline, so if you want an early spot–sign up early.
3100 NE Sandy
11:00pm – 12:30am
Hosted by Whitney Streed usually
The mic starts late after the regular Weekly Recurring Humor Night showcase, so come after the Brody to double-dip or come early to enjoy the showcase.
Sign-up: 15-20 comics per night. Sign yourself up on the list at the back of the showroom during the regular showcase (which starts at 9:30pm).
16 NW Broadway
9:00pm – 11:30pm
Hosted by Jon Washington
Brody has a second mic! 4-5 minute sets.
Sign-up: Again, 20 slots per night, but this sign-up is geared towards the early morning crowd: sign-up online by emailing on Thursday morning from 7am-3pm to firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting Tom Johnson on Facebook. You will not hear back unless the mic is full, so if you get your request in on time, assume you have a spot. Again, get in early to get a spot.
Gypsy Restaurant & Velvet Lounge
625 NW 21st Ave
9:00pm – late
Booked by Amanda Warder
A mic in the Northwest, hooray! Pinball and video poker machines surround you to make you feel at home. Battle it out with karaoke and boost your confidence! Plus everyone gets a drink ticket and there are a few longer spots available. 5-7 minute sets.
Sign-up: 15 comics per night. Sign up with Amanda via Facebook or text the day of the show.
Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Hosted by Gabe Dinger
Curious Comedy has a great, quality atmosphere for comedy, plus it kind of feels like a ski lodge, which makes you feel like a classy broad. 3 minute sets.
Sign-up: There are 25 or so spots on the list. Sign-up starts at 7:30 but get there early for a guaranteed spot. Indicate when you sign-up of you are trying to double-dip with another mic and you can go up earlier.
Bar of the Gods
4801 SE Hawthorne
8:00pm – 11:30pm
Hosted by Xander Deveaux
Xander’s got an open mic!! Very exciting times in a very small room. Killer for double dipping with any of the other rooms. 3-5 minute sets.
Sign-up: In person at the venue at 8pm. For a complete list of rules, see the internet.
Seven Corners Bar and Grill
2020 SE Division
10:00pm – 12:00am
Booked by Joe Hieronymous
A lovely Sunday mic, good for folks in the southeast especially. It’s a sports bar but there’s a good supportive crowd and they turn off the tv’s before they start. Easy double-dipping with Curious or BOG. 5 minute sets.
Sign-up: Starts at 9pm. Talk to the host at the venue.