Best Open Mic Comedy Shows In Atlanta

May 5, 2016 8:00 AM

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Open mic comedy nights have been a thing for decades now, but there appears to be a resurgence in these themed nights at bars, restaurants and comedy clubs around Atlanta. Open mic is a way to “get a crowd” on mainly weeknights as those performing will tend to bring family and friends around for support and to watch the set.

Corporate comedian and author of, “The Road To Success Goes Through the Salad Bar”, Greg Schwem, has some tips for those looking to perform at an open mic night. “Try and work clean” is Schwem’s top piece of advice. “Chances are you are getting five minutes tops. See if you can do five without swearing, even if you don’t consider yourself a “clean” comedian. A booker or manager will be able to use you more frequently if you show you can be clean. Also, practice until you are sick of hearing yourself talk.”

Whether you are an aspiring comedian or just looking for a cheaper, fun night out, check out these top open mic comedy shows that Atlanta has to offer.

The Punchline
3652 Roswell Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 303005
(404) 252-5233
www.punchline.com

Yes, you have a chance to perform at the “World Famous” Punchline. Atlanta’s most famous comedy club hosts an open mic night every Sunday night at 9:30 pm. Try out some new material or try to impress your family and friends. All you have to do to perform is send an email to openmic@punchline.com by Wednesday of each week to register.

Hole In The Wall
3177 Peachtree Road, Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-9801
www.holeinthewallatlana.com

Hole in the Wall in Buckhead attracts one of the best crowds in town, and that is no exception on Monday nights when the club holds its weekly open mic night for comedy. You can even get your bar tab paid for if you bring a big crowd with you. Work out the kinks in your act or get up on stage for the first time. Hole in the Wall brings in a young and vibrant crowd, so plan your material accordingly.

Speakeasy Open Mic Night
Music Room Atlanta
327 Edgewood Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
www.atlmusicroom.com

Indulge in some “meaty” comedy every Sunday night at Music Room Atlanta. Bring your best material and your “A” game as you never know who might be in the audience. The sign up takes place between 9 and 9:30 pm at Bone Lick BBQ, and you should ask for Olive. This is a great venue that has played host to world class talent over the years, so come ready to perform.

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Kat’s Cafe

970 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-2263
www.katscafeatlanta.com

Kat’s Cafe may be known for its music, but on Tuesday nights, the venue comes alive with an open mic comedy hour. At Kat’s, you can “show up and go up,” but get there early to reserve a spot. Kat’s Cafe has great food and cold drinks. Pair those with the open mic night, and you have a great night out in Atlanta.

Java Monkey
425 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-5002
www.javamonkeymusic.com

On the surface, Java Monkey may seem like a quiet and reserved coffee shop in Decatur, but on Wednesday nights, this coffee shop offers open mic comedy at its best. With a great menu and one of Atlanta’s best patios, Java Monkey plays host to a great open mic night each Wednesday. This is a booked mic event with a wait list, so expect to see some good acts. Email Joel at joelbyarscomedy@gmail.com to get on the list.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything sports and tech-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.