Advice for Beginners

  • Don't go over your time limit
  • Don't hit on other performers or venue staff
  • Don't suck
  • Start with your best joke. End with your 2nd-best joke 
  • Once you are strong: do whatever you want 
  • Don't worry about sucking

Usually, people ask me the same questions about comedy: 


Why do you do this? Why are you talking to me?

But the real question they should ask is: 


How do you do it? How do you do? Howdy doody?

The answer is simple. Go to open mics, tell your jokes, and keep practicing. 

It's just like learning to ride a bicycle. You have to do it alone, and it's great if your parents will help.

Open mics are the gateway drug to standup comedy. They are how you test your material, hone your chops, and get comfortable in front of real life audiences who are drunk

So then the next question becomes: Where?

How Where Do I Find a Comedy Open Mic?

Open mics happen in bars and showrooms all over. Open mics come and go frequently, and best way to find where the mics are currently is to find some local comedians and ASK! Most comedians are happy to talk to you about how to get started, especially in person, after a show that you just watched.

Here is a calendar of ongoing open mics in the Seattle area (including Tacoma and Everett). It is not complete but it is up to date as of January, 2024

Click here to open the google calendar directly

Key Things to Expect

If you can't find any information, just show up and hope there's a signup list.

Usually, the light means you have 1 minute left, but pay attention to the host's instructions.

Bookers don't want to work with people who can't finish on time. 

Translation: don't fuck other comics, don't fuck over other comics, and don't fuck with the regulars/staff.

How Can I Prepare for My First Open Mic?

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