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This page is for comedians (and aspiring comedians) looking for stage time... If you are a comedy fan looking for shows, please check out the calendar.

Below are most of the stand-up comedy open mikes and showcases in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are a first time performer, your best options are probably the Brainwash on Thursdays, Tommy T's on the first or third Tuesday of the month, or the Rockit Room on Tuesdays.

Shows with contact information are pre-booked, meaning you must contact the booker for stage time. The other shows are open mikes, so just show up at sign-up time. Unless noted otherwise, all shows are comedy only. We try to keep the list up-to-date, but sometimes shows do get cancelled abruptly.

* If you are emailing a booker you don't know, it's a good idea to describe your experience level and include a link to your website, performance clips, and any other relevant information. Please do not type out your material, and please do not include any attachments.

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"The only advice I have is this: Go to your local comedy club and go up on an open mic night, and keep doing it over and over. There are no shortcuts or words of wisdom; it's different for everybody. And always remember, what the fuck do I know?"                  - Dave Attell




MONDAY

Club Deluxe

"Live at Deluxe"
9pm, 21+
Organized by Big Al
Booking: clubdeluxesf@yahoo.com
Every 3rd Monday.

Portals Tavern

9pm (signup at 8)
5 min sets, free snacks
More info: justinalancomedy (at) gmail (dot) com

Britannia Arms

9pm (check in by 8:45)
Booking: mr.walker.comedy (at) gmail (dot) com
Email at least a week before the show
2nd and 4th Mondays of the month

50 Mason Social House

11pm (Show up before 11)
Follows the "SF Live" music, art, and comedy show.

Cafe Royale

"Monday Happy Hour Comedy"
7pm
Booking: caratramontano (at) hotmail (dot) com
2nd Monday of the month

The Bamboo Lounge

"Open Mic Mondays"
7:30-10pm (Sign up at 7)
Comedy, Music, etc
All Ages

Brainwash

Ink. Reviewed
7-10pm (Sign up at 6:45)
To be considered as a headliner, email: propaganda.inksf (at) gmail (dot) com
Featuring performers from all genres.

Vice Ultra Lounge

9pm (signup at 8:30)
More info: matt (at) viceultralounge (dot) com
3-10 minute sets
Spoken word performers welcome

Maxwell's Lounge

M.A.D. Mondays
8-11:30pm
Sign ups are from 7-7:30pm
Comics, poets, singers welcome
$3 cover for performers

Lilly Mac's

9:45pm-11:30pm
Booking: tonyscomedyshows (at)
facebook (dot) com
Send email to get all the details.
Organized by Tony Harrison

Farley's East

7:30pm
Booking: kanneken (at) gmail (dot) com
Last Monday of every month
3 10 minute slots
1 20 minute headlining slot

Branham Lounge

9:30pm
Booked showcase/open mic
Booking: escorobert (at) yahoo (dot) com
Email before Monday afternoon
Or show up for limited walk-ups
Organized by Butch Escobar

Melt Cafe

Melt The Mic Comedy Showcase
8pm
Booking: info (at) griffindaley (dot) com
Alternate Mondays beginning May 7th

Cafe Royale

8pm
Booking: TendernobStudios (at) gmail (dot) com
Or just show up (first come first serve).
Great low pressure stage time.
All are welcome.
3rd Monday of the month

TUESDAY

The Rockit Room

7pm-10pm
Booking: dannydd2 (at) earthlink (dot) net
Organized by Danny Dechi

Tommy T's

7pm (Sign up at 6)
$5 charge to perform
For more info, visit:
tommyts.com/pleasanton/openmic.html
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month

142 Throckmorton Theatre

"Mark Pitta & Friends"
Established comedians only.
Booking: mark (at) markpitta (dot) com

The Layover

Layover Comedy Night
8:30pm
Booked showcase (NOT open mike)
Booking: comedy (at) oaklandlayover (dot) com

Harvey's

"Harvey's Funny Tuesdays"
Queer and queer friendly comedy
9pm
Booking: harveysfunnytuesdays (at)
yahoo (dot) com
Books about 2 months in advance

750 Pub @ Stanford University

9pm
Organized by Sohan Dharmaraja
Booking: sohan (at) stanford (dot) edu

The Coho at Stanford University

8pm
Booking: antso (at) stanford (dot) edu
First Tuesday of each month

SUB/Mission

"Open Improv"
8-11pm, All Ages
An Improv-based open-mic-slash-workshop-slash-whatever-we-decide-to-do-with-the-night

Hippie Gypsy

"Laughter Stand-up Dinosaur"
7:30pm
Booking: LSDcomedy (at) gmail (dot) com
Send a link to a video clip.

Stephens Green Irish Pub

10pm-12am
Booking: comedyatthegreens (at) yahoo (dot) com
Email to register your act with a date you can perform.

E.J. Phair at The Liberty Hotel

Open mike: 7pm-8pm
Headliner at 8pm
Booking: sisterjenche (at) yahoo (dot) com
Or sign-up at the door.
Emailed entries will take precedence.
2nd Tuesday of the month

Da Kine Cafe

8-10pm
Once a month.
For more info call: (408) 743-5188

Amnesia

"Some Kinda trouble"
Variety open mike, mostly music and comedy
6:30pm-9pm
Sign-up at 6
Or email: rajeev.dhar (at) gmail (dot) com

Dorsey's Locker

"The Blue Candle"
Open mic poetry and comedy
Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30
Hosted by Jay Rich

Our Little Theater

8pm
Organized by Sia Amma
Booking: esolo69781 (at) aol (dot) com
Or call 415-378-4413
Booked showcase (NOT open mike)
Don't just show up expecting a set.

SF Comedy Cellar

7pm
Sign ups at 6:45
Organized by Big Al, Roman Leo, Alex White

Milk

8pm showcase
Organized by Eric Barry
Booking: eric (at) ericbarrycomedy (dot) com

Doc Holliday's Saloon

DISCONTINUED

La Rocca's

10pm open mike
Booking: bwrite2 (at) mail (dot) com

Agave

Agave Comedy
7pm
Open mic - Showcase
Booking: agavecomedy (at) gmail (dot) com
Email by the Monday before the show.

WEDNESDAY

Kimball's Carnival

9:30pm (signup at 9)
More info at
Facebook.com/KimballsComedy
Produced by OJ Patterson and Nina G.

Dirty Trix Saloon

9pm (Signup at 8:30)
Organized by Sylvan Productions

Brainwash

"The Ladies Room"
Ladies only open mike
ON HIATUS

Rooster T. Feathers

"New Talent Showcase"
8pm
Booking: roosterbookings (at) yahoo (dot) com
For more info, visit:
roostertfeathers.com/html/newtalent.html

Our Little Theater

8pm
Organized by Sia Amma
Booking: esolo69781 (at) aol (dot) com
Or call 415-378-4413
Booked showcase (NOT open mike)
Don't just show up expecting a set.

Make-Out Room

"The Romane Event"
8pm
Booking: booking (at) pacoromane (dot) com
Booked showcase (NOT open mike)
Last Wednesday of the month only

San Jose Improv

Butch Escobar's Unfiltered Underground
8pm
Booking: escorobert (at) yahoo (dot) com
4th Wednesday of every month

Tommy T's

"KO Comedy Presents"
7:30pm
Booking: kabeezycomic (at) live (dot) com

John Colins

9pm, 21+
Organized by Big Al
Open to working comics only

Velma's Jazz & Blues Club

7pm
w/ host Donald E. Lacy Jr.
Booking: dlacy99 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Every other Wednesday

Bobby D's Cocktail Lounge

8-10pm
Signups at 7:30
Organized by Thomas Mayfield

Madrone Lounge

Happy Hour Comedy
7pm
Booking: This show is booked privately.

Island Grill at Clarion Hotel

8pm
Open mic/ showcase mix
Booking: escorobert (at) yahoo (dot) com
2nd Wednesday of every month

Bliss Bar

7:30-9:30 (Sign up at 7)
Or email: blissbarrevue (at) yahoo (dot) com
Organized by Treena Meyer
First Wednesday of the month

Guayaki Yerba Mate Bar in the Ache Room

"Horsin' Around Open Mic"
7pm-9pm
w/ Heidi Bartlett
Booking: horsinaroundopenmic (at) yahoo (dot) com
First Wednesday of the month

Sunset Bar & Grill

w/ Big Worm
8:30pm
Sign up by 8pm

Polomoni's Bar & Cocktail Lounge

Sign up at venue by 8pm, show at 8:30
For more info, talk to Justin Alan or Ben Kolina
Or email: justinalan_combomb (at) yahoo (dot) com

Duke's R&B

DISCONTINUED

Cafe Royale

8pm
Booking: thenickpalm (at) gmail (dot) com
1st Wednesday of the month

Gaia's Garden

9pm
Booking: helen.pachynski (at) gmail (dot) com
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
First show: June 20th

Cafe Royale

The Comikaze Lounge
8pm
Pre-booked event
Booking: comikazelounge (at) gmail (dot) com
3rd Wednesday of the month
 

THURSDAY

Brainwash

7pm (Sign up at 6:30)
Organized by Tony Sparks
All Ages
* You must bring your own pen.

Miss Pearl's Jam House

"Comedy Off Broadway Oakland"
DISCONTINUED

SF Comedy Cellar

Organized by Sergio Barajas
Booking: sergiobarajas85 (at) yahoo (dot) com
More info:
facebook.com/pages/SF-Comedy-Cellar/218256524873008

FCC Free Radio

The Verve Show
8-10pm
Airing on FCC Free Radio
Organized by Malcolm Grissom
Booking: verve.comedy101 (at) gmail (dot) com

The Blue Lagoon

8:30pm-10pm
Organized by DNA
Booking: votedna (at) gmail (dot) com

Morgan Hill Playhouse

7:30pm
Organized by Wes
Booking: wes (at) wesjoke (dot) com
Last Thursday of the month only

Our Little Theater

8pm
Organized by Sia Amma
Booking: esolo69781 (at) aol (dot) com
Or call 415-378-4413
Booked showcase (NOT open mike)
Don't just show up expecting a set.

Vitus

DISCONTINUED

WPLJ's

8pm
Sign up at the show
Or email: mesta_12 (at) comcast (dot) net
Organized by Juan Mesta
Last Thursday of the month

Esta Noche

"Comedy Bodega"
8pm
Bookings by invitation only
Submit video to: comedybodega (at) gmail (dot) com
Multi culti show at a Latino Gay Bar
More info: comedybodega.com

Emma's Coffee House

7pm-9pm
Booking: dannydd2 (at) earthlink (dot) net
Clean show.
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday
First show: March 22nd

Club Anton

Laugh 'N Play
9pm
Booking: tiacox3 (at) gmail (dot) com
2nd and 4th Thursdays

FRIDAY

Miss Pearl's Jam House

"Comedy Off Broadway Oakland"
DISCONTINUED

Bunjo's Comedy Lounge

7:30pm
For booking instructions, visit
bunjoscomedy.com/openmic

Space Loungue

Funny F*cking Fridays
7:30-Midnight
Sign up at the show
More info: john.healy (at) gmail (dot) com

Our Little Theater

8pm & 10pm
Organized by Sia Amma
Booking: esolo69781 (at) aol (dot) com
Or call 415-378-4413
Booked showcase (NOT open mike)
Don't just show up expecting a set.

Azucar Lounge

8pm
Organized by Butch Escobar
Booking: escorobert (at) yahoo (dot) com
Email your info a week before the show.
Some walk-ins will also be selected.

Continental Club

Comedy battle
8pm
Booking: oak_comic (at) yahoo (dot) com
You must bring 2 paying customers ($10 cover).
10 comedians each perform two 5 minute sets.

Impala Lounge

DISCONTINUED

Black Repertory Group Theater

Sign ups at 9pm, show at 10
Booking: GoBabyProductions (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mutiny Radio

"Pamtastic's Comedy Clubhouse"
Showcase: 8-9pm
Open Mike: 9-10pm
Airing on Mutiny Radio.

The Cellar

7pm - 9pm
Booked Showcase
Booking: ZainRizzo (at) gmail (dot) com
First Friday of the month

Philz Coffee

Downtown Palo Alto location
6pm-9pm
Organized by Alexis
More info: alexislazear (at) philzcoffee (dot) com
Or call: 650-321-2161
Anything goes, mostly music & comedy
 

SATURDAY

Miss Pearl's Jam House

"Comedy Off Broadway Oakland"
DISCONTINUED

Ray's Hearth

"Godfrey's Reality Check"
Sign up 7:30, show at 8:00ish

Our Little Theater

8pm & 10pm
Organized by Sia Amma
Booking: esolo69781 (at) aol (dot) com
Or call 415-378-4413
Booked showcase (NOT open mike)
Don't just show up expecting a set.

Tops Burger and Grill

DISCONTINUED

FCC Free Radio

John Miller Program w/ Susan Maletta
10 - Midnight
Booking: susan_maletta (at) yahoo.com
Airing on FCC Free Radio.

Argus Lounge

DISCONTINUED

Rapture

8pm
Booking: arenasjuancarlos (at) yahoo (dot) com
Send a brief bio and a link to your work.
Positive attitude and dependable comics are welcome.

Two Jack's

6pm-9pm
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month
Variety open mike

SUNDAY

Punch Line Comedy Club

8pm
Organized by Molly
Booking: Show up on Sundays and hope to perform. (takes 6-12 months)

White Horse Inn

DISCONTINUED

The Actors Theatre

7pm
Booking: natashamuse (at) gmail (dot) com
Second Sunday of the month

Mel-O-Dee Lounge

"Funny Ass Bitches"
9pm
Booking: funnyassbeez (at) gmail (dot) com
Not exclusively women.
2nd and 4th Sundays
ON HIATUS

Ireland's 32

"The Last Laugh"
10pm
Booking: jstnharrison (at) gmail (dot) com
Hosted by Justin Harrison

The Continental Club

Pre-booked open mic/showcase
E-mail a week in advance for open mic spots.
Booking: ContinentalSundayShowcase (at) gmail (dot) com

FCC Free Radio

"The Edge of Insanity" w/ Paul Brumbaugh
4-6pm
Booking: edgeofinsanityproductions (at) gmail
Airing on FCC Free Radio.

Plan B Pub

DISCONTINUED

Island Paradise Club

DISCONTINUED
 

"Go onstage a lot. Go onstage as much as you can. Don't read books on comedy. Don't take comedy classes. Don't ask anyone how you should write material, or what they think of your material. Develop on your own. Go onstage. A lot. Every night. If there isn't an open mike in your town, start one. And then go onstage. A lot. That's it."                  -Patton Oswalt