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Going to your first comedy open mic? Welcome to the jungle, baby! In this episode we offer up 11 song titles that perfectly describe a comedy open mic night. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t all bad. But man, you do see a common thread unravelling if you attend a dozen or so.


An open mic, by default, becomes a place to try out new material. Rarely is anyone getting paid. So comics might also use this night to practice crowd work, or even help them memorize their material better. I like to think of an open mic as a place somewhere between a laboratory and a gym. Maybe it’s even more like a test kitchen. It’s a place where experimentation can be both rewarding and frustrating.

Whatever the case, you’ll need to spend some time hitting the open mic scene before trying to get work at a comedy club. Many song titles came to mind while preparing for this episode. Some that didn’t make the cut include “You dropped a bomb on me”, “Tracks of my Tears”, “Help”, and “Twilight Zone”. What song titles come to mind for you? Send them to us, and we will add a list to he show notes and mention them in a future podcast.

In this episode we talk about,

  • What to expect at your first open mic
  • How to work with a difficult situation
  • When to “cut bait” and move on
  • Why you shouldn’t dress like a comic
  • The importance of sticking to your time
  • How to remove some of the pressure to be great
  • When it might be time to quit comedy
  • and much, much more!


Without giving it away, here are some of the groups that made the cut: Pink Floyd, B. B. King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Carpenters, The Clash, The Animals, Guns and Roses, Lynard Skynard, Gloria Gaynor, and Nirvana.


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