How to find London open mic comedy for your first performance
Updated: Sep 7
Finding Comedy Open Mic's in London - the next step on how to become a Stand Up Comedian!
Once you have a few jokes that you are ready to perform, it's time to start looking for places to do your stand up comedy.
The best way to get started performing is usually by attending open mics. These events are perfect for beginners because they give you the opportunity to practice and hone your skills in front of an audience with low stakes.
Finding open mics can be tricky, but there are some resources out there that can make the search easier. Most cities with a comedy scene will have at least one or two open mics per week. You can find these events listed in local entertainment newsletters and magazines, as well as on websites like DesignMyNight and Eventbrite, that list upcoming local events.
You can also join comedy-related online groups in your area and check out their events pages to find open mics. Many of these groups will post upcoming open mic nights as well as other comedy events, so it's a great way to stay up to date with what's happening in the local scene.
Here are our top 4 resources to finding gigs to perform at in London and elsewhere in the UK:
This is the Open Mic Comedian's dream, as promoters will post daily about what shows they have coming up and ask for you to sign up to their facebook group, email in an application to perform or fill in a google form. With so many open mic's in London, you'll easily be able to find a show!
Here is a cracking resource in the form of an interactive map of London that pinpooints all the comedy open mic's in London, first and foremost, the rest of the UK and a little bit in Europe with information on the type of events, frequency, sign up, venue, contacts and many more.
If you would rather just look at a list, then you can either toggle off the map or view all the info in an excel sheet. for them
This all stemmed from the facebook group also called London Stand Up Comedy Map, who's main purpose is to help stand up comedians find the best comedy nights for them, in London.
Or alternatively, Craig Jaffa has put this list together of the best non-bringer gigs in London!
Similar to The Facebook Comedy Forum, people who run shows will post about availability for their gigs, whether it's for the coming months ahead or last minute dropouts.
It also tends to be the arena for discussion on the latest developments and talking points that comedians are facing.
You can now book gigs through an app! Who said comedy was outdated?!
Simply search their system for a gig near you on a required date, apply for a spot at the gig, a notification will then be sent to the organiser for them to review your application and once you are accepted, you will receive a notification and then it's time to practice your material!
Finally, don't be afraid to ask comedians you know for advice on where to go. Most experienced comedians are more than happy to help newbies get their start, and they might even give you some tips on how to prepare for an open mic night. Good luck!
If you want to perform at Comedy in Your Eye, then just fill in the form here and we will get back to you if your application was succesful.
Want to see how it's done before you venture onto the circuit? We've been touted as one of the best comedy clubs in London, so if you're keen to see the pros in action, slide on down to one of our shows! Buy tickets for Comedy in Your Eye on our main page here!
If you want to learn more about how to become a Stand Up Comedian, check out our other articles here