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Open Mics


Get information on the many comedy open mics in Madison. Find locations, start times, contact information, and more details here.

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Open Mics


Get information on the many comedy open mics in Madison. Find locations, start times, contact information, and more details here.

Madison Comedy Open Mics

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.

Headed to the Argus 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.

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Monday


Monday


The Argus Underground Open Mic

Argus Bar and Grill
123 E Main Street
(608) 256-4141

Sign up at 8:30 pm, show at 9

Hosted by Marty Clarke. Located in a historic building downtown, the Argus Underground open mic is Madison's longest running comedy mic. Every Monday night, the Argus is where comedians from all over the Greater Madison Area come to test out new material. You never know what you're gonna see!

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Tuesday


Tuesday


Comedy in the Vault!

The Black Locust Cafe
829 E Washington Ave
(608) 237-1314

Every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm

Hosted by Mike Jonjak. Comedy in the Vault is a weekly open mic at Black Locust Cafe. The intimate experience in the vault is a great place first timers and seasoned comics alike. Stop by for $2 mystery micro brews and hear some jokes, or tell some of your own! Every Tuesday at 7pm.

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Wednesday


Wednesday


The Big Deuce

The Comedy Club on State
202 State Street
(608) 256-0099

Sign up by 8 pm, show at 9

The Big Deuce is THE must see comedy open mic in Madison! Comics perform to large crowds at one of the few Comedy Central Certified clubs. Each week, 20 - 25 comics are given 3 minutes to perform in front of a large and engaged crowd. Your chances of getting onstage improve if you have been cut in past weeks, bring audience members, or are from out of town. Out of town comics are encouraged to call or email ahead to help solidify a spot.

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Thursday


Thursday


The Revolver Open Mic

The Rigby Pub & Grill
119 E Main Street
(608) 442-1112

Sign-up at 8 pm, show at 8:30.
(Note: on nights Stand-Up Democracy is held, the mic will begin after the show, usually around 10:30.)

Held in the Cavern Club downstairs for a more intimate feel. Each show features a different host and a different theme, so there's always an element of surprise!


Comedy by the Slice!

Ian's Pizza
100 State Street
(608) 257-9248

Sign up at 10 pm, show at 10:30

Funny people, Free pizza*, and a Fresh audience. Get a taste of your 3 favorite F's every Thursday. Join new hosts Tyson Purcell, Will Isenberg, and Mickey Morello to make a room of unsuspecting pizza fanatics laugh their buns off (this mic is a little cleaner than others) at Madison's most delicious open mic.

*Bonus: Ian's Pizza provides one free slice of pizza to each performer.

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Saturday


Saturday


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Open Mic Saturdays
(1st Saturday of every month)

Deja Brew, Unforgettably Great Coffee
4915 Commercial Avenue
(608) 237-3739

Come to Deja Brew to share your talent! Music, spoken word and comedy. Always family friendly and always free! 

Hosted by Antoine McNeail of One Motion Out Reach!