Online (virtual) comedy open mics are video conferencing events where both amateur and professional comedians can practice their craft. By definition, these mics are "open" to everyone.
Each of the mics listed are run by dedicated comedians who are working hard to keep the spirit of stand up comedy alive during these tumultuous times. Please be courteous to the open mic runners and respect each particular mic's rules and guidelines.
Please convert your mics' local time to Eastern Untied States - New York time.
How To Start Your Own Online Open Mic
Networking with other comics
You hate the way most of the open mics are run. (Not just because you're bitter, but because you are right, dab nabbit!)
All of those reasons pale in comparison to the real reason you should be doing it - guaranteed stage time!
If it's your mic you go up each week. No fuss, No muss. You're on.
Starting a mic is a no brainier for a serious comic who wants to get
better at their craft.
Follow These Steps
1. Define Your Vision
Pick a name for your mic. Be creative. Maybe you
want your open mic to feature comics who tell horse jokes. Why not call
it the Pony Up Open Mic? Or maybe just name it after yourself. It is
your mic. That's probably easiest.
Pick a day and a time for your mic. It's probably
wise to pick an under served slot, like Thursdays at 12 noon (NY). Or in
the morning. Or late at night. Just be sure to pick a day and time
that you'll be able to commit to every week.
2. Choose Your Platform
There are many places to have a video get together these days -
Facebook, Instagram, The NSA. All online video streaming platforms have a
bit of a learning curve, but anyone with basic computer skills can set
one up. Here are some of the most popular as of the time of this post:
Google Meet - Free for up to 100 attendees for 60 minutes. All you need is a Gmail account and a dream.
Google Forms - Kinda geeky if you ask me but totally free and reliable.
4. Create A Home Page
You'll need a place for folks to learn not only about when your
online open mic takes place, but also info on how to sign up, how much
time each comic gets, the rules of conduct, etc. It's also a pretty
good idea to setup an email address for people to contact you about the
Facebook Page - Most people use Facebook. What makes you so special?
5. Promote Your Mic
Once you have everything in place submit your mic to JokeZoom.com's Online Comedy Open Mic Directory above. Now sit back and watch the open mic'rs roll in!
No. That's not going to happen. You need to promote, promote,
promote. Promote your mic on social media. Promote your mic to everyone
in your email address book. Promote your mic by drunk dialing your
friends late at night. NEVER STOP PROMOTING!
Obviously, there are lots of other things to consider. Should I ask for donations or even charge a fee? Should I record each show? Should I stream my shows on social media? How do I deal with comics who blow the light? Don't let these minor details slow you down.
Running an online comedy open mic takes work but if you do it right you'll be rewarded in ways you can't imagine.