A couple years ago, I wrote a post about open mics in the Spokane area. It has since been one of my most popular post. So, I decided to write a newer one! I will list all the mics that happen in the Spokane area, and I will comment on the ones I have attended. Lets get into it.
Red Room Lounge: Sign ups are at 8:30 and it starts at 9. This is a mixed mic.
The Bartlett: Check website to make sure if they are going to have one. Mainly a musical mic, but they will let you up…if you can do PG-13 rated comedy.
T’s Lounge: Sign ups start at 7pm with the show beginning at 8pm.
Spokane Comedy Club: Sign ups start at 7, but a line starts forming around 6:20, so if you really want to get on the list, you should be there around 6:30 and plan something to do after you get your name on the list. The show starts at 8pm. This is one of the biggest mics in the area, and for good reason, this is the club for the Spokane area. Expect a list of around 20-25 comedians, with most doing three and a half minutes. This is a very easy mic to do because there isn’t a much animosity as with a lot of other open mics. So, if it is your first time, this may be the place for you because it is very welcoming. There is usually a pretty good audience…for an open mic. Expect to see some oddities, as will happen at most mics at a large club, but overall it is a great place to perform.
Geno’s Pizza: 8pm until midnight sign ups throughout show
Soulful Soups: Second and last Wednesday of the month 10pm. I have never performed here, but I have sat and watched. This is a mixed mic, and it leans very heavy towards music, so don’t expect a hushed crowd when you walk up to sling your dick jokes. You could be a featured performer for the night and get some soup. I heard it’s very good.
Red Dragon: Sign up at 6:30 for a 7pm show. This is not the one downtown, but the one in the Hillyard neighborhood.
The District: Sign up starts at around 7:30 for a 8pm (ish) start time. 2.0 open mic is what it’s called, and it was the newest open mic until T’s came around. Hosted by the myth Ken McComb, it is a great room to do a longer set, but don’t expect a lot of people in the audience. It is sparsely attended, and that could be because the place is only open for about three or four days out of the week. Those that do wander in will usually sit further back in the room so it will still seem as though only the comedians are paying attention. I like this room because you can work on longer bits that you can’t at Spokane Comedy Club.
Neato Burrito: Sign ups start around 9:30 with the show starting at around 10. This mic is right down the street from The district so if you still have some comedy in you, you should stop in. Casey Strain is the host and this has become the longest running open mic in all the land. Attendance seems to be in waves. You never know how many people will be in there when you get up. You can perform a longer set here, but the audience is a little more tight than other mics in the area. It used to be much worse, but now going up and doing your thing isn’t as bad. I like that it is a later mic so you tend to see more of the night life roaming around Spokane. Also grab a burrito and a drink.
Red Dragon: Sign ups at 7:30pm with a 8pm showtime. Other than the Spokane Comedy Club, this is the second most attended mic in terms of audience. They may not be the audience you want, but they are the audience you get. Darryl Burns host the show, and for the most part things are pretty smooth. This was not how it was years ago. It was the wild west of open mics when it first started. It was not unheard of for someone to get cursed out while they were on stage…or worse! Now, if you can handle a little noise from the people frustrated that they can’t play pool, or the “whispers” of a former pimp in the corner, then this can be a great mic.
The Ridler Piano Bar: 8pm showtime. This is more of a showcase than an open mic, but if you are feeling it, just give Deece Casillas a holler. This is a great place to do comedy, and there is usually a good audience. Because it’s a showcase, however, don’t expect to get a lot of time because then you get in the way of booked performers.
There are all the open mics in Spokane. A couple may be missing because I either thought they were too heavy on music or I just don’t know about it. Thanks to Ryan McComb for the help in putting this together. Now get out there and get your funny on!