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

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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 –

Open Mic Comedy At The Maxwell, 8pm Sundays

Open Mic Comedy At The Maxwell

when: Every Sunday
sign up: 7:30 pm
show: 8 pm
hosted by: Brian Bates
set time: 4 min
cover charge: none
smoking: outside
food: full menu
drinks: full bar
ages: all

Every Sunday night Brian Bates hosts open mic at The Millennium Maxwell House near Metro Center. Hotel guests will be in attendance, so material is kept to PG-13 content standards.

“The Maxwell” at
The Millennium Maxwell House Nashville
2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
615-259-4343
https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/nashville/millennium-maxwell-house-hotel-nashville/


MONDAYS –

Bobby's Idle Hour Comedy Night OPEN MIC

Bobby’s Idle Hour Comedy Night OPEN MIC

when: Every Monday
sign up: 6:30 pm
show: 7 pm
hosted by: various – Chad Riden & friends
set time: 4 min
cover charge: none
smoking: outside
food: Chicken Pot Pies, B-B-Q 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 Avenue South & Tremont)
615-726-0446

BobbysIdleHour.com
Twitter.com/BobbysIdleHour
Facebook.com/OfficialBobbysIdleHour
NashvilleStandUp.com/bobbys/

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Roast The Host w/ Sean Parrott 10pm Mondays at Third Coast Comedy Club

Roast The Host OPEN MIC – Mondays at Third Coast Comedy Club

when: Every Monday
sign up: 9:30 pm
show: 10 pm
hosted by: Sean Parrott
set time: 4 min
cover charge: none
smoking: no
food: hotdogs
drinks: Beer
ages: 18+

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! Hosted by Sean Parrott.

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

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


TUESDAYS –

AHHHH!!! Open mic at Tin Dog Tavern every Tuesday
AHHHH!!! Open mic at Tin Dog Tavern

when: Every Tuesday
sign up: 7:30 pm
show: 8 pm
hosted by: Micah Dean
set time: 5 min
cover charge: none
smoking: yes
food: ?
drinks: Beer and liquor
ages: 21+

AHHHH!!! Open mic at Tin Dog Tavern is a new mic with old furniture waiting for you to fall out of. Whether it’s due to some laughs or beer.. we hope you come back.

• Funniest comic of the night gets a $25 bar tab
(WHOA!! Those were some badass jokes!!)

• Worst comic of the night gets a $25 bar tab
(WHOA!! That sucked ass but its ok! Come back & try again!)

• Drink Specials (8-10PM)

RED HEADED HACK (Rob Haynes inspired)
$7 – 16oz PBR/ Double Shot Tequila

PROBATION VIOLATION (Monty Mitchell inspired)
$7 – 12oz PBR/ Shot of Jameson

$4 – Well Shots

Tin Dog Tavern
1401 4th ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
615-403-4734

tindognash.com
twitter.com/Tin_Dog_Tavern
facebook.com/TinDogNash

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ultimate comedy @ the east room every tues

Corporate Juggernaut presents ULTIMATE COMEDY Open Mic at The East Room

when: Every Tuesday
sign up: 8 pm
show: 8:30 pm
hosted by: Brad Edwards
set time: 4 min
cover charge: none
smoking: on the deck outside
food: Pizzas, Pizza Dogs
drinks: beer
ages: 18+

Ultimate Comedy is a loose, fun show where host Brad Edwards 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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Red Eye Comedy open mic - 10:45pm Tuesdays at Wilburn Street Tavern

Red Eye Comedy Open Mic at Wilburn Street Tavern

when: Every Tuesday
sign up: 10 pm
show: 10:45 pm
hosted by: Josh Lewis
set time: 4 min
cover charge: none
smoking: yes
food: burgers, hotdogs, nachos
drinks: $3 beers & cider
ages: 21+

Cash only bar with pool, darts, and open mic comedy every Tuesday night (starting June 23, 2015). Miss Paulette has a few no-bullshit bar rules posted on the wall and is open late afternoon until the early hours. Originally hosted by Joe Kelley, now ran by Josh Lewis (since September, 2016).

Wilburn Street Tavern
302 Wilburn St, Nashville, Tennessee 37207
(615) 977-0511
wilburnstreettavern@gmail.com

Facebook.com/pages/Wilburn-Street-Tavern/497482297013391?fref=nf

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WEDNESDAYS –

Comedy at a Local Brewery @ Smith & Lentz Brewing - every wednesday

Comedy at a Local Brewery @ Smith & Lentz Brewing

when: every Wed.
sign up: 7 pm
show: 7:30 pm
hosted by: Josh Wagner
set time: 4 min
cover charge: none
smoking: no
food: some, and feel free to bring in whatever you want
drinks: beer
ages: all

Every Wednesday starting June 15th, 2016 – a comedy open mic hosted by Josh Wagner at a local brewery!

Smith & Lentz Brewing
903 Main Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37206

facebook.com/smithandlentzcomedy/
smithandlentz.com
facebook.com/smithandlentzbrewing/
instagram.com/smithandlentzbeer/
twitter.com/SmithandLentz

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KAMIKAZE KITTEN comedy show w/ Chad Riden & friends

KAMiKAZE KiTTEN comedy show w/ Chad Riden and friends at Dino’s Bar

when: 2nd Wed. every month
sign up: 8 pm
show: 8:30 pm
hosted by: Chad Riden
set time: varies from 3-15 minutes
cover charge: none
smoking: yes
food: yes
drinks: beer
ages: 18+

A stand-up comedy showcase featuring various comedians traveling around the country and local favorites. Comics are booked in advance but there are always several shorter “bucket” spots available for anybody in the audience. The show is always loose, weird and pretty hilarious. Bucket spots are five minutes each. Running since January 2013.

Dino’s Bar
411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
615-226-3566

Twitter.com/dinosbaren
Facebook.com/pages/Dinos-Bar/232420103441283
NashvilleStandUp.com/kamikazekitten/

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Twin Kegs Open Mic - 3rd Wed of every month

Twin Kegs Open Mic

when: 3rd Wed. every month
sign up: 6:30 pm
show: 7 pm
hosted by: Jessica Carter
set time: 5 minutes
cover charge: none
smoking: no
food: yes
drinks: full bar
ages: 21+

Starting June 17th, 2015, Twin Kegs Open Mic is a monthly show hosted by Jessica Carter the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the NEW Twin Kegs II location on Hermitage Ave. Comedy + legendary burgers + beer = Wednesday winning!

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

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

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THURSDAYS –

open mic comedy night at 404 Bar & Grill every Thursday

Open Mic at 404 Bar & Grill

when: Every Thursday
sign up: 7:30 pm
show: 8 pm
hosted by: Brad Hinderliter and Renard Hirsch
set time: 5-ish min
cover charge: none
smoking: yes (the show is out on the patio)
food: full menu
drinks: full bar
ages: all

Renard Hirsch and Brad Hinderliter co-host this open mic out on the deck at 404 Bar & Grill every Thursday. Get there early for happy hour from 4p-7p with 2 for 1 drinks. If the lineup isn’t crowded you might get more than 5 minutes. This show has been running since June 25, 2015. Originally on Wednesdays, it switched to Thursdays October, 2016.

404 Bar & Grill
404 Elysian Fields Road
Nashville, TN 37211
615-331-8944
www.404barandgrill.net/
facebook.com/404BARandGRILL

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Comedy On Tap OPEN MIC - 2nd & 4th Thursdays at Belcourt Taps.

Comedy On Tap

when: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, beginning January 14, 2016
sign up: 6:30 pm
show: 7-9 pm
hosted by: Bo Shuster and Maria Tucker
set time: 4-5 min
cover charge: none
smoking: designated area
food: local sourced burgers, fries, baby back ribs, brisket, pulled pork, salads, tacos
drinks: full bar
ages: 18+

COMEDY ON TAP is a show-up-and-go-up comedy open mic, held every second and fourth Thursday. 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
www.belcourttaps.com

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FRIDAYS –

(no Friday mics at this time)


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.