The Wurst Open-Mic will place every Wednesday at The Wurst Biergarten located downtown at 537 Jefferson St.
Each week experienced and amateur comedians take the stage to showcase new and old material with up to 5 minutes of stage time.
This week's headliner will be Dan LaMorte
Hosted by Maggie Shipley and Vaughan Veillon, this open-mic is free for comedians, with a $3 cover for the general public. There will be drink specials including $2 PBR & more.
The show kicks up at 8:00 p.m. Interested performers should sign-up with Maggie or Vaughan by 7:45 p.m.
*** INTERESTED IN PERFORMING? ***
Hey, we are happy you are interested in trying stand-up comedy. To get started, there are a few rules/suggestions/tips you should know.
1. DON'T RUN THE LIGHT: Generally, each open-mic performer gets 5 minutes of stage time. When you have 1 minute left, the host will signal you with a light (usually their cell phone light). This means you have 1 minute left. Best practice is to not "run the light" and go past that mark. It throws the pacing of the show off and is just rude to other performers. When you see the light, acknowledge it with a thumbs up or a nod.
2. Know Your Material: Know what you will do before you go on stage. Sure, all these pros look like they are just ranting, and some are, but they have many years of experience and generally get on stage with a basic idea of where they are going. Practice your material before you get on stage. Bring notes. Just know what you will do.
3. Watch the Show: Watching comedy is just as important as doing it. You get to see how comedians carry themselves on stage and what crowds like and don't like. Applaud. Listen. And don't talk.
4. Move the Mic Stand: Moving it 2-3 feet out of the way makes you look better and removes a distraction. If you choose to leave the mic in the stand, go for it.
5. Hold the Mic: Don't cup your hand around the mic top. You are not in the Wu-Tang, so no need for that. We want the crowd to hear you clearly, and also, when you cup the mic, it makes trouble for the sound guy.
6. Record Yourself: Set your phone on the stool and record your set. Listen. Edit. Repeat. It is the best way to determine what works and what doesn't.
7. Don't Steal or Do Street Jokes: Don't steal from comedians. There is no cover-band in comedy. Do original material. Don't do bits you found on reddit. Avoid any jokes your Uncle Larry told you. If you can find it online, don't do it.
8. Have Fun!