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Every comedian youve ever heard of-Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Daniel Tosh-ALL of them got their start at Open Mic somewhere. They go to some bar or restaurant with a microphone set up in the corner of the room and put their names on a sign-up sheet. They wait for their turn and get up on stage and, for the first time ever, tell original jokes that they write to a room full of strangers. Some of them get laughs, some jokes fell flat. They learn from experience, make some changes and go to the next Open Mic to try again. There is no shortcut in comedy. There are no one hit wonders or overnight successes. It takes years to get great and ALL of your jokes have to be consistently funny before people really start paying attention. Even then, there no rest. Once theyve heard your jokes and remember them, it is time to write more to replace old act. This process happens just about every night in cities ALL across the world. Open Mic comics work on jokes they write that week. Traveling, full - time comics drop in and try out that new thing they think of. Some random guy sits watching a show with pages of jokes folded up in his pocket, trying to get the nerve to sign up for the first time. Comedy fans fill seats watching live comedy in its rawest, most unfiltered, most unadulterated form. Imagine being in a room when young David Letterman went on stage for the first time. Or being part of the legendary Boston comedy scene when Steven Wright was completely unknown to anybody who wasnt there, watching him develop for years. Super famous incredible breakout comics of 10-15 years from now are trying standup comedy for the first time ever this week and you could be there to see them. Nashville's local comedy scene has had regularly scheduled Open Mic nights for decades. The current crop of new comics are energetic, excited and pro-actively putting new shows together ALL around town. Sometimes theyre great, sometimes theyre not, but in general theyre lot of fun. Here is a list of current recurring shows where you can show up and go up:

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The Necessity of Open Mics

Open mics ARE great equalizer of Stand-Up Comedy, place where everyone starts and even once successful professionals occasionally come back. Whether YOU dream OF being on TV or youre just a hobbyist, open mics ARE an essential part of comedian life. No one can teach YOU how TO be funny, but that doesnt mean theres nothing YOU need TO know before YOU GET start. It doesnt matter if youre getting ready TO hit your first mic at a bar in Tennessee or in the basement in New York City, some things ARE universal. It is up to YOU TO be funny, but here ARE some tips TO GET YOU start.


2. Prepare your jokes.

Open mics offer a wide range of set times for performers, ranging from as little as a minute to up to ten minutes in scenes without a lot of comics. As you start to perform stand-up comedy, youll learn the importance of knowing how much time you have. But when youre getting started, all you need is enough for a five-minute set. To get ready for your first set, sit down and write five jokes. While your instincts might be to emulate your idols and start writing long-form bits, it is important to remember theres time for that later. Try to keep each joke to a minute or two when youre writing and practice them before your first time to see how long they are. This will give you somewhere to go when a joke doesnt work. Instead of sitting there trying to dig yourself out of a hole as a newbie, youll be able to just move on to the next joke.

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The Day After

I am writing this day after the last Open Mic of Love, and while it may be partially due to persistent hangover, Ive spent the entire day on the verge of tears thinking about the Open Mic of Love, what it has given me, and if I 'll be able to fill a hole in my life it has leave now that its go. I know there are other Open mics out there and more to come, but they wont be like this one. World of stand-up comedy and its fans owe Vance Sanders a debt of gratitude that is impossible to repay for providing welcoming space for amazing comedians like Maria Bamford, Anthony Jeselnik, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Hardwick, as well as comedy writers like Aaron Lee and Daisy Gardner, who have dedicated their lives to bringing laughter, joy, and revelation into peoples lives. There was nothing particularly special about that small, often stuffy room on the second floor of Westwood Brewing Company, but Vance and Robert transformed it into a magical place every Tuesday night at 8pm by declaring it a space where certain type of oddball could reveal themselves to like-mind others and attempt to live out their dreams together or go down in flames trying. Open Mic of Love has now passed into the realm of legend, and while I 'm sad that it go, I am trying my best to feel proud, honor, lucky, and grateful that because of Robert and especially Vance, I was not just able to witness comedy history, but be part of it. After interviewing Vance, I asked him if I could read him a rough draft of this piece. It would be the last time I would get to perform for him, and I assured him that I would cry. I sat there on the sofa in his living room reading it off of my phone, not daring to look up at him since I knew it would make my crying worse. When I was do, we chatted a bit as I composed myself and got ready to go. The point of all of this is to reveal yourself, say Vance. And that is the hardest thing to do, but also the most rewarding. I will admire your brain, and you can be very clever, but it that next level of letting people know who you really are not just your brain, but your heart and your soul. To me, that is best.

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