Spokane is home to a great deal of open mics. A variety of open mics are great to those comedians that want to see if their material will work in multiple demographics. If you are in the Spokane area, here is a guide to help you navigate the open mic scene here. If you are not in the Spokane area, this is still helpful because it gives you a sense of the many types of mics that are in a lot of cities.
Red Room Lounge, 521 W Sprague Ave: This is usually a music venue, and so the open mic reflects that. If you are a comedian that wants to get up on a Monday however, you can do so here as well. I have not personally been here so I can only tell you this much.
Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W Sprague Ave: This is one of the biggest open mics in the city, so if you want to get on here you will have to get there early. The show starts at 8, but sign up starts at 7, and trust me, by around 7:15 it will be full. Because of the number of comedians, stage time is limited (usually around three and a half minutes), but there is usually a good turnout and they seem ready for comedy. This is a great place to go for your first time because the audience seem supportive.
Soulful Soups, 117 N. Howard St.: This open mic is a mix between musicians and comedians. You have an audience, but they tend to lean more towards the musical side, but if you are still craving comedy after your set at Spokane Comedy Club, then you can keep the stage time rolling. If this is your first couple of times going up, it may seem rough, but that is just the open mic life. Now just every third Wednesday. Showtime starts at 10pm.
The District, 916 W 1st Ave: This is a newer mic, and as such the crowd is slowly fulling itself out, but if you want more time than the Spokane Comedy Club can offer and you don’t want to go up after a musical act, then this is the place on Thursday nights. Because there isn’t much of a crowd, some weeks it can seem like a terrible place to perform. I think there is a trade off though. If you are working on your first five minutes, then this is a great place to iron it out. If it can stay running, it will be a great place to work on material. Showtime starts at 8pm.
Neato Burrito, 827 W 1st St.: This is the longest running open mic in Spokane, and one that has gone through many “forms”. In it’s earlier days, it was known for having an audience that didn’t really appreciate comedy. It also didn’t help that if you were a comic that was a little rough around the edges that you would not do as well here. That turned around about a year or so ago, and it is a much more fulfilling open mic experience. It starts late, but it gives you time (unless a band is going to play after), and you get a discount on their awesome burritos. Showtime is around 10pm.
Chan’s Red Dragon, 1406 W 3rd Ave: When this room started, it was the wild west of open mics in Spokane. Because of it’s location, it was known for having a more…rough audience than any other open mic in the city. I have seen comics come off the stage in tatters. When it first opened, if you were not a hardened comedian, it was a rough go. Audience members would scream things at comedians and curse them out, and tempers would flare. Now that it is a more mature open mic, it is great for the comedian that wants to work on material, but can’t get on shows that are going on that night. There is still the odd person screaming obscenities at the stage, but not as often as it used to be. Get there by 7:30 and when 8 gets around you will be performing in the belly of a Chinese restaurant.