See tomorrow’s stars tonight at open mic stand-up comedy shows in Nashville

Every comedian you’ve ever heard of – Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Daniel Tosh – ALL of them got their start at an open mic somewhere. They went to some bar or a restaurant with a microphone set up in the corner of the room and put their name on a sign-up sheet. They waited for their turn and got up on stage and for the first time ever, told original jokes that they wrote to a room full of strangers. Some of them got laughs, some jokes fell flat. They learned from the experience, made some changes and went to the next open mic to try again.

Tim Northern onstage at The Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar April 1, 2013There is no shortcut in comedy. There are no “one hit wonders” or overnight successes. It takes years to get great and all of your jokes have to be consistently funny before people really start paying attention. Even then there’s no rest. Once they’ve heard your jokes and remember them, it’s time to write more to replace the old act.

This process happens just about every night in cities all across the world. Open mic comics work on the jokes they wrote that week. Traveling, full time comics drop in and try out that new thing they thought of. Some random guy sits watching the show with a page of jokes folded up in his pocket, trying to get the nerve to sign up for the first time. Comedy fans fill the seats watching live comedy in it’s rawest, most unfiltered, most unadulterated form.

Imagine being in the room when a young David Letterman went on stage for the first time. Or being a part of the legendary Boston comedy scene when Steven Wright was completely unknown to anybody who wasn’t there, watching him develop for years. The super famous incredible “breakout” comics of 10-15 years from now are trying standup comedy for the first time ever this week and you could be there to see them.

Nashville’s local comedy scene has had regularly scheduled open mic nights for decades. The current crop of new comics are energetic, excited and pro-actively putting new shows together all around town. Sometimes they’re great, sometimes they’re not, but in general they’re a lot of fun. Here’s a list of the current recurring shows where you can show up and go up:


Sundays

Another F***ing East Nashville Mic at The Cobra

  • when: every Sunday
  • sign-up: 6:00 PM
  • show: 7:00 PM
  • hosted by: rotating hosts
  • set time: 4 minutes (depends on host)
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: outside, patio
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: 21+

This fun and sexy open mic runs every Sunday at The Cobra in East Nashville.

The Cobra Nashville
2511 Gallatin Ave.
Nashville, TN 32706

http://twitter.com/cobraNashville
http://facebook.com/sweepthelegjohnny
629-800-2515


Mondays

Bobby’s Idle Hour Comedy Night OPEN MIC

  • when: every Monday
  • sign-up: 6:30 PM
  • show: 7:00 PM
  • hosted by: Chad Riden & Friends
  • set time: 4 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: outside
  • food: chicken pot pies, bbq sandwiches, pizza, more
  • drinks: beer
  • ages: 18+

Show up and go up stand-up comedy open mic at the ONLY live music venue on Nashville’s legendary Music Row, Bobby’s Idle Hour is America’s quintessential dive bar, serving as the “official” home for several of the music industry’s die-hard veterans: hit songwriters, recording studio guns, and emerging talent.

“…the walls of this joint bleed with 30+ years of beer, cigarette smoke, and the vibrant echoes of thousands hit songs written on these very bar stools by Nashville’s top songwriters. If you want a taste of REAL MUSIC ROW HISTORY stop in Bobby’s Idle Hour and ask for Jonathan the bar keeper..”

Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern
1028 16th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37212
(Historic Music Row @ 16th Ave. S & Tremont)

http://bobbysidlehour.com
http://twitter.com/bobbysidlehour
http://facebook.com/officialbobbysidlehour
http://nashvillestandup.com/bobbys

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Roast the Host OPEN MIC at Third Coast Comedy Club

  • when: every Monday
  • sign-up: 9:30 PM
  • show: 10:00 PM
  • hosted by: Sean Parrott
  • set time: 4 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: outside
  • food: hotdogs, snacks
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: 21+

At most comedy open mics you see the same thing over and over: a bunch of people trying out new jokes. At our open mic, a bunch of people will try out new jokes OR, if they are feeling especially vicious, they can ROAST THE HOST! Unpredictable Comedy meets Brutal Insults for a night of hurt feelings and FUN! Also, it’s only an hour show so not a ton of people will get to go up. Maybe ten!

Third Coast Comedy Club
1310 Clinton Street
Suite 121
Nashville, TN 37203
615-745-1009

RoastTheHost’s Facebook Fan Page
http://thirdcoastcomedy.club
http://twitter.com/3rdcoastcomedy
http://facebook.com/thirdcoastcomedyclub


Tuesdays

AHHH!!!! Open Mic at Twin Kegs II

  • when: every Tuesday
  • sign-up: 7:30 PM
  • show: 8:00 PM
  • hosted by: Micah Dean
  • set time: 5 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: outside, heated porch
  • food: full menu
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: all ages

TWIN KEGS ll
327 Hermitage Ave,
Nashville, TN 37210
615-301-8675

http://twinkegs.com
http://facebook.com/twinkegs2

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Ultimate Comedy Open Mic at The East Room

  • when: every Tuesday
  • sign-up: 8:00 PM
  • show: 8:30 PM
  • hosted by: Josh Wagner
  • set time: 4 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: outside
  • food: pizzas, pizza dogs
  • drinks: beer
  • ages: 18+

Ultimate Comedy is a loose, fun show where the is joined on stage by house band “The Grey Grays” featuring Sean Parrot on guitar/vocals and Gary Fletcher on drums/vocals, playing intro music for comics, randomly interacting with the performers and playing them off if they go too long. Each comic gets four minutes.

The East Room
2412 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206
615-335-3137

Facebook.com/TheEastRoom
Twitter.com/TheEastRoom
CorporateJuggernaut.com
Twitter.com/CorporateJugger
NashvilleStandUp.com/ultimate-comedy-open-mic/

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Hey You Should Be A Comedian! at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge

  • when: every Tuesday
  • sign-up: 9:30 PM
  • show: 10:00 PM
  • hosted by: Mikah Wyman + guest host
  • set time: 4 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: patio
  • food: pretzel bites, frito pies
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: 21+

Come tell jokes or just come to have a good time at Madison’s best bar and lounge. Everyone get’s four minutes of stage time and newcomers/first-timers are strongly encouraged!

Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge
102 E Palestine Ave.
Madison, TN 37115
615-852-8827


Wednesdays

What You Say?? Open Mic at Broken Spoke Saloon

  • when: every Wednesday
  • sign-up: 7:00 PM
  • show: 7:30 PM
  • hosted by: CJ Walton
  • set time: 5 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: outside
  • food: full menu
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: 18+

The Broken Spoke Saloon
1406 Brick Church Pike
615-988-2902

http://BrokenSpokeNashville.com

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Comedy In The Living Room at WKND

  • when: every Wednesday
  • sign-up: 7:00 PM
  • show: 7:30 PM
  • hosted by: Renard Hirsch + rotating hosts
  • set time: 4.5 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: outside (hookah for sale inside)
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: 21+

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Comedy On Tap at Belcourt Taps

  • when: every Wednesday
  • sign-up: 8:30 PM
  • show: 9:00 PM
  • hosted by: Bo Shuster & Maria Tucker
  • set time: 4 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: patio
  • food: full menu
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: 18+

COMEDY ON TAP is a show-up-and-go-up comedy open mic, held every Wednesday. This is a “clean” show with PG-rated material only.

Belcourt Taps offers a full bar, an array of brews, five signature stuffed burgers (or build your own), fresh cut fries served seven different ways, baby back ribs, brisket, pulled pork, salads, tacos, and other goodies. All beef, veggies and jokes are locally sourced and made with love.

Belcourt Taps
2117 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
615-915-3622

http://belcourttaps.com


Thursdays

Comedy At Kegs! at Twin Kegs II

  • when: 2nd Thursday of every month
  • sign-up: 6:30 PM
  • show: 7:00 PM
  • hosted by: Jessica Carter
  • set time: 5 minutes
  • cover charge: none
  • smoking: heated patio
  • food: full menu
  • drinks: full bar
  • ages: 21+

Twin Kegs II
327 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
615-301-8675

http://twitter.com/twinkegs
http://facebook.com/Twin.Kegs
http://twinkegs.wix.com/twinkegs


Go check out some of these shows. Pick out your favorite up and coming local comics. Tell them what you thought about their sets. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and share their videos with your friends. Buy them a beer! Every famous comedian you’ve seen on tv started off the exact same way and they probably remember the first time they had a fan. Support your local comedy scene and you’re supporting tomorrow’s comedy superstars when they need your support the most.

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