The most common place to find a comedy open mic is at a local comedy club if the city is large enough to have a comedy club.
Smaller cities and towns that don’t have a comedy club may have some sort of open mic that comedians can participate in other venues (coffee houses for example that host a variety of performing artists).
Here’s some basic information about comedy open mics:
If offered at a comedy club, the open mic will usually be a bringer show. That means that you will have to bring some people to a show in order to qualify for stage time.
Most new comedians are awful and very ill prepared to deliver a solid stand-up comedy routine.
Note: This makes for a great opportunity for comedians who have talent and are well prepared to deliver a professional level stand-up comedy act.
The better spots in a comedy open mic tend to be at the beginning of the show because as each awful comedian croaks out a substandard act, audience members leave.
Comedians who are able to develop a clean stand-up comedy act have the ability to take advantage of performing opportunities outside the comedy open mic scene.
Note: This is one of the reasons that I now include the Corporate Comedy Secrets course in my online course materials.
Here’s the bottom line:
Anyone who wants to become a comedian must accumulate stage experience in order to develop and hone a stand-up comedy act that generates noteworthy laughs.
But simply racking up performances is of little value if a comedian doesn’t know how to rapidly improve on a show by show basis.
And the faster a new comedian can develop a solid stand-up comedy act that generates laughs on a consistent basis, the faster they are able to get gigs beyond the comedy open mic.