Thinking of Trying Comedy?

NOTE TO NEWER COMICS: Open mics may be cancelled due to holidays, other comedy events, or other venue specific reasons. If it is your first time at a particular mic, we recommend that you contact the venue or host listed for that particular mic.

The crew waiting, notebooks in hand, to get into the Argus Underground Open Mic!

The crew waiting, notebooks in hand, to get into the Argus Underground Open Mic!

Ever wonder how you can become a stand up comedian? The best way to start doing stand up is by going to open mics and actually doing it.

Madison has several weekly open mics listed above. These include The Big Deuce, hosted by The Comedy Club on State, which is regarded as one of the best comedy open mics in the country; as well as smaller, more intimate rooms for comics who are developing new material.

Whether you're looking to try comedy for the first time, a veteran of stand up, or you just want to come watch free local comedy, Madison open mics offer a great space to do it. See individual show descriptions for more information.

Comedy Classes!

Of course, another way to wet your feet in comedy is to take a class! If you are interested in comedy classes, the Madison area has three great options: Lady Laughs Comedy School, Atlas Improv, and Monkey Business Institute. Check them out!


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