The Mad House Open Mic! Come watch careers begin and dreams die.. 5 min at a time :)

Always free admission to the open mic. No drink min. No promises 🙂

The Mad House Open Mic! Come watch careers begin and dreams die.. 5 min at a time 🙂

Wed · January 23, 2019

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


This event is 18 and over

The Mad House Open Mic! Come watch careers begin and dreams die.. 5 min at a time 🙂
The Mad House Open Mic! Come watch careers begin and dreams die.. 5 min at a time :)
The Open Mic features brand spanking new comedians. Some that have been performing for a bit. Some that have been performing for a long time and are trying out new material. Some that have been doing comedy for a long time and are still terrible. It's a fun show but you need to know what you are getting into. Free tix, cheap drinks, and relaxing while you watch a future super star comedian get their start. Or, watch dreams die, 5 Min at time 🙂

Thinking about trying stand up comedy? Ready to take the leap? We’re proud to have a supportive staff and an awesome group of comics performing on our open mic, so relax, grab some friends and come have a great time. Read below for sign up instructions.

If you’re not ready yet, the show’s free so come by, hang out, grab a drink, talk to some of the comics, and check out the show.

Here’s how the open mic works. Unless something odd happens, we have open mics every night. Usual open mic show times are Sun/Mon 8:30, Tues/Wed/Thurs9:30pm, Fri/Sat 11:30pm. Check the website calendar to be certain of exact showtimes.

To perform you need to email on Sundayof the week you’d like to perform, between 12 & 4pm PST. List your name, and which open mic you’d like to perform on. It’s completely okay to ask for all shows if you wish.
We have far more comics emailing in to perform on the open mic than we have spots for. At 4pm the email period closes, a random drawing is done to see which comedians will perform.
We’ll post the line ups as soon as the random drawings are complete, usually on our Mad House Comedy Club Facebook Page.

Please do not email in for shows you aren’t sure you can perform on if selected or request multiple shows to get a better chance of getting on one show. That practice takes spots away from other comedians and disrupts the show. The host and staff will note the names of performers who don’t show up for spots they’ve requested.

There is a second way onto the open mic shows. If your name was not selected on a show day you wanted, you can physically show up at the club, and sign up, on the “alternate list”. The alternate list is not a guarantee. When comedians who have spots on the show don’t show up, or we have extra time, the host will pull comedians from the alternate list. Sometime they make it through the entire alternate list, and sometimes they don’t get to it at all. The alternate list is made available for sign ups a short time before the start of open mic . To use the alternate list, you have to physically be at the club, you can’t add your name via phone/email etc.

The Mad House bookers, hosts of the open mic, and staff all pay attention to who is consitantly doing great on the open mic, who’s working hard to get better. They will select those comedians for other opportunites at the Mad House such as better spots on the Friday and Saturday open mics, hosting opportunities, spots on other shows at the Mad House. No one is getting bumped or downgraded for bombing, which is a normal part of learning stand up, so don’t worry about that. So long as comedians are working hard and trying their best everyone is going to be happy.
Venue Information:
Mad House Comedy Club
801 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92101