Wiseguys Open Mic is a weekly showcase of Utah's best up-and-coming performers. Each show is a hilarious mix of professionals working on new material, amateur comedians working on their chops, and first-timers being thrown in the mix.
Wiseguys Open Mic is held every Wednesday at 7:00pm at our Downtown SLC club. Doors open for seating at 6pm. Must Be 21+ w Valid ID to Enter.
How do I sign up?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a spot on the next open mic. You may submit one email request for yourself only up to one week before the next scheduled open mic. You may not request a spot several weeks in advance of the night you'd like to perform. Anyone interested in performing on Open Mic night must send in an email request; there are no longer sign-ups the night of the show. If you are selected to do a spot, we will respond to your email. It is up to you to check your email.
If you are a comic visiting from out of town, please email us and we will try to make room for you. All performers must be aged 21 or older.
How will I know if I'm on the show?
We will respond via email to everyone who will be on the open mic no later than 6pm the Tuesday before open mic. If you are selected, feel free to invite friends and family to come watch and support your performance. Admission is $5 for audience members and free for performers. It is your responsibility to check your email to see if you've been selected.
What if I'm not chosen to be on the show?
We do our best to give everyone an opportunity to perform but we can't always squeeze everyone on to the show because of high demand. If you are not selected to perform, keep sending in email requests. Be persistent and patient (and nice) and we will make sure you have an opportunity to take the stage. If you’re not selected, please come to the show and support anyway. Your support of the other open mic performers is noticed and appreciated and won’t hurt your chances to be selected for a future open mic.
Stand-by List: If any spots become available at 6pm on Open Mic night, then a stand-by list will be made available for performers who aren't already scheduled for that evening. There are no guarantees that a stand-by list will be available each week and will be determined at 6pm if there is any available room to add performers on to the show.
*A certain number of open mic slots are made available to touring professional comedians. If you are wondering whether or not you’re a touring professional, you’re probably not a touring professional. (Keep working hard and you’ll get there though)
I'm on the list, now what?
You must check in at the front desk no later than 6pm otherwise your spot will be forfeited and given to someone waiting on the standby list. No-shows are less likely to be given future performance opportunities at open mic night.
All scheduled performers get 3 minutes on stage. Please stick to your time. Show order is random and determined by that evening's emcee. Be sure to watch the countdown clock! Respect the time, audience, and other comedians.
Please stay out of the staff's way as they are very busy. Stay clear of the aisles. Also, you should order from a server and tip them. It's the right thing to do and good karma.
Open Mic is used as a starting ground for many comics, as well as a place to practice new material for veteran comedians. Some jokes may kill, others may bomb, but it's always a good time. Be sure to support those appearing on stage; it's not as easy as you think! Sit down and watch the show from an empty seat in the showroom. You never know...you might learn something!
Chad Prather was entertaining audiences on television as early as two years old. The desire to be onstage started early. He began acting at the age of 6 and by the age of 20 he was traveling all over the world - from Africa to Southeast Asia, from Russia to Central America - using his communication skills to influence international leaders with humor and inspiration. Eventually Prather's communication skills opened doors for him to move into the corporate arena of motivational speaking and writing.
Prather is known for his way with words. He is a comedian, armchair philosopher, musician, and observational humorist. He is often referred to as "the modern day Will Rogers." He is a fast-talking combination of Lewis Grizzard and Jeff Foxworthy. Originally from Augusta, GA Chad now calls the Fort Worth, TX area home. He grew up working with horses (an industry he is actively involved in) and is often recognized by his ever-present cowboy hat. His social media viral video are counted in the hundreds of millions. Many recognize him from his fast talking, rapid fire rants from the front seat of his truck. CNN has labeled him the "Pick-up Pundit" and Fox News' Tucker Carlson has called Prather, "supernaturally articulate." He is known for his comedic family stories told from an adult perspective onstage.
Prather has made numerous appearances on Fox News, CNN, A&E, The Blaze, MSN and has been featured in magazines from Southern Living to Nash Country Weekly. He is the host of Ride TV's "It's My Backyard" and "Chad Prather's Comedy Shootout." His wildly successful 2016 "Kings of Cowtown Comedy Tour" was a hit and his current "Star Spangled Banter Comedy Tour" is selling out theaters all over America. He is one of the country's fastest rising and talked about comedians and entertainers.
Brendan Schaub is a comedian, podcast host, and TV personality, best known for his career in professional sports – with both the UFC and NFL.
Schaub currently co-hosts two hit podcasts with his best friends/fellow comedians. He began his podcast career with the hit show The Fighter and the Kid along side MadTV’s very own Bryan Callen. Together they created a hit show that garners over 10 million downloads a month. The podcast quickly acquired a cult following by consistently being a staple in the top 5 rankings on iTunes under the sports/comedy category for the last five years. Schaub recently developed his newest hit podcast, King and the Sting, in collaboration with his good friend and stand-up comic Theo Von. The show has skyrocketed to a level of unprecedented popularity by debuting as the #1 podcast in the world on iTunes its premiere episode. Below the Belt is Schaub’s third show within his podcast empire that he hosts by himself, which is the #1 combat podcast in the world. Below the Belt is consistently in the top 5 iTunes rankings for the sports/comedy category and debuted as the 2nd largest podcast in the world.
The Fighter and the Kid podcast eventually led Schaub to fulfill his childhood dream of being a stand-up comic. In 2018, Schaub travelled around the world for his Stay in Your Lane tour with sold out shows in Australia, London, Ireland, Canada, and all over the United States from LA to New York. After two years of headlining sold out shows worldwide Schaub recorded his first one-hour comedy special, You’d Be Surprised, with Showtime in January 2019. In addition to his successful career in comedy Schaub is also on Bravo’s Play by Play, E!’s After Party, Showtime’s Below the Belt, Comedy Central’s 7th season of This is Not Happening, David Ayer’s upcoming film Tax Collector, and Joe Rogan’s Fight Companion podcast.
Through his relentlessly punchy writing and expert delivery, Mark Normand is quickly becoming one of the most talked about comedians on the scene. He most recently self-released a one-hour special “Out To Lunch” on YouTube, which has quickly amassed over 1.2 million views. An extremely prolific stand-up, he previously had a one-hour and a half hour Comedy Central special and has made an unparalleled seven appearances on “Conan,” three appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and one appearance on both “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” Mark can also be heard on his multiple appearances on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” dubbed by Jerry Seinfeld as the “best young up and coming comic,” or on his own podcast “Tuesdays with Stories.”
Born and raised in New Orleans, surprisingly to two normal parents, he spent most of his childhood making short films and wetting the bed.
Aaron Westly, the crowned prince of Criminally Insane Comedy, has rounded up a night of headlining comedians to tickle your funny bone. Traveling the span of this great nation, Aaron has found some of the greatest known and unknown comedians for your comedy pleasure. From urban comedy to the eclectic, from Nashville to Hollywood, Aaron has found the comedy diamonds in the rough and brought them here to Wiseguys. What strange powers does Aaron possess to pull these comedians from Def Comedy Jam, Laff Mobb, Comedy Central and HBO thousands of miles to Salt Lake City? Ask one of the comics, they’ll say it’s extortion; Aaron has dirt on each of them. Ask any past guest of “The Business” comedy night, they tell you every second of hilarity was worth it.
Despite being born with a disability in both arms, Ryan Niemiller, the self-proclaimed “Cripple Threat of Comedy” shares his views of the world from the perspective of the handicapped. You can currently see him on America' Got Talent, where he captured the hearts of America with his audition.Ryan began his comedy career in Los Angeles, California, and hasn’t looked back since, performing in clubs and colleges across the country. Covering topics such as dating, trying to find employment, and attempting to find acceptance in a world not designed for him, Ryan tackles the issues in a way that makes you think while laughing the entire time. With his quick wit, great timing, and a gimmick that only he can exploit, Ryan hopes to prove to the comedy world that he may be unarmed, but he is dangerous.
Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in North Bergen, NJ, Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz has quickly become one of the most sought after actors and comedians in the entertainment industry today. His love of storytelling is reflected in each role he takes: whether it is on film or on stage, his passion for entertaining and delighting audiences shines through every performance. This winter, Diaz can next be seen starring as ‘Mikey’ opposite Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, and Kim Basinger in the highly anticipated feature film “Grudge Match” (Warner Bros.).
Diaz’s start in comedy began while serving a short stint at a correctional facility in Denver, CO in 1988. “Each Wednesday we would watch movies on the projector, but sometimes it would break,” he shares, “so I would get up and do stand up to fill the time.” Learning he had the skills to make an audience laugh, he pursued comedy after his release and began performing at an assortment of comedy clubs in the area. While he was touring as a working comic, he began acting in a variety television and film roles. You may recognize him from his appearances in “The Mentalist”, “Children’s Hospital”, “My Name is Earl”, or “General Hospital” - to name a few. On the film front, Diaz has held roles in “The Longest Yard”, “Spider Man 2”, “Smiley Face”, and “Taxi”, among others.
In 2013, Diaz continues to perform stand up and act, while also staying on top of the new media move in podcasting. Currently, Diaz hosts his bi-weekly podcast “The Church of What’s Happening Now,” which ranks among some of the most highly downloaded podcasts online. He is also a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
On the comedy front, Diaz continues to tour and perform at the biggest comedy clubs in the country. His comedy specials in “The Testicle Testaments” have sold thousands of downloads, and have even made it to the Billboard Top 100. Diaz’s raw style of comedy is highlighted on television with recurring sketch roles on “Stand Up Revolution” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Later this year, Diaz will release his new DVD/CD special - which will surely top the charts once more.
In December of 2016, Joey released his first ever hour comedy special titled “Socially Unacceptable”. Sociably Unacceptable debuted on NBC Universal’s digital platform Seeso and quickly has become one of the biggest hits on the platform. On January 27th, 2017, “Joey Diaz: Socially Unacceptable” will be released on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, and all digital audio retailers.
Troy Taylor, Andrew Jensen and Ben Brinton connect music and comedy into an extraordinary performance that is made up and new every night. The trio has over 20 years experience performing all over the country and their delightful presentation will have you wondering what the hell just happened.
Los Angeles based stand-up comedian Tony Hinchcliffe gained popularity with his innovative 2016 one- hour comedy special, “One Shot”, which follows Tony in one continuous take, and premiered on Netflix. Tony is one of the top young rising comedians and is considered a fresh new evolution to the now immensely popular roasting scene. He has worked as a staff-writer on the past six Comedy Central Roasts, and has shaped the iconic sets of many dais members from Edward Norton to Martha Stewart. Tony appeared on multiple season’s of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle series, and has appeared on HBO’s Crashing, Comedy Central’s Unsend, and Fusion’s All Def Roast: Snoop Dogg Smoke Out. In 2017, Hinchcliffe headlined his first national theater tour in 26 cities, The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, and has continued to headline internationally since, most recently through Ireland and England in 2019.
Tony hosts his own weekly show and podcast, “Kill Tony,” which has over a million downloads a month. Tony is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience, and has joined the tours of Joe Rogan and Jeff Ross. Tony is a frequent podcast guest on many top podcasts and added to his own podcasting empire with his hilarious pro-wrestling panel podcast “The Store Horseman” co-hosted by his comedian friends Josh Martin, Chris Burns, Mat Edgar and Johnny Skourtis.
Tony’s work has a writer has had him working on projects such as NBC’s New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, Will Ferrell’s one hour HBO special “Ferrell Takes the Field”. Tony has appeared on tours with 311, and the Impractical Jokers, and has also appeared on NBC’s Last Call w/ Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and on Seeso’s What's Your F@%king Deal.
Hinchcliffe is one of the most widely respected punch up writers for both TV and standup and is highly trusted by some of the best comedians in the world. His dark, free flowing, and truly unapologetic standup comedy style is already well known in the USA, Canada, and Australia, where he tours annually.
David Attell is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer, best known as the host of Comedy Central's Insomniac with Dave Attell, which gave him a cult following.
Most recently, Attell was seen on Netflix’s Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross. Dave starred alongside Amy Schumer in her hit films, Trainwreck and I Feel Pretty. Dave can also been seen on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, Crashingwith Pete Holmes. His stand-up series, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground and his one hour special, Road Work were featured on Comedy Central. Road Work is now streaming on Netflix.
His film credits include Chris Rock’s cult film Pootie Tang, Funny People, Scary Movie 4, and Los Enchiladas! His television credits include The Simpsons, Difficult People, Bob’s Burgers, Arrested Development, The Jim Gaffigan Show, The Jim Norton Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Ed, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn. He was named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine.
Bobby Lee is best known from his numerous years as a cast member on MADtv and his podcast Tiger Belly, one of the top comedy podcasts in the world.
Bobby recently starred on ABC’s Splitting Up Together and also starred on the NBC show Animal Practice. He has been touring the country year-round with his hilariously unpredictable stand-up. Lee’s film credits include The Dictator, Pineapple Express, and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. On TV, Lee was a regular guest on E!’s Chelsea Lately, has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has performed stand-up on both Premium Blend as well as The Tonight Show. Lee voiced Tim/Sumo in the Hulu original series The Awesomes, was a recurring guest on Netflix’s LOVE, and stared in several national commercials, such as Bookings.com. He was also a recurring guest on David Choe’s podcast DVDASA.
Comedian, Paul Virzi, headlines comedy clubs across North America and is host of the weekly podcast, “The Virzi Effect,” on All Things Comedy network. Paul has toured with Bill Burr throughout Europe and in this country's most iconic venues including, Madison Square Garden, The Chicago Theatre and Carnegie Hall.
This summer, Paul shot a role in the untitled Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson Universal Pictures film starring Pete, Marisa Tomei and Bill Burr. Paul’s critically-acclaimed debut hour-long comedy special, “Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This,” premiered on Comedy Central in November 2018 and is available to stream on CC.com. The special was shot at The Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY.
His 2015 debut comedy album, “Night At The Stand,” was #1 on iTunes and reached #4 on Billboard’s Top 100. Paul has appeared on TruTV's “Comedy Knockout,” AXS TV's “Gotham Comedy Live,” The NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” and he has written for ESPN’s “ESPY Awards.” Paul is a regular at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and performed at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.
Paul grew up in the suburbs, outside of New York City. He loves his family, cigars and having pointless sports arguments with his friends.
Joe List began his comedy career in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000 just weeks after graduating from high school. Since that time he has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman as well as multiple appearances on Conan. He’s featured in Season 2 of The Netflix Series “The Stand Ups”. In 2015 List was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and had his own Half Hour comedy special on Comedy Central. His albums 'So Far No Good' and 'Are You Mad at Me?' can be heard regularly on Sirius Radio. List is also the co-host of his own popular weekly podcast 'Tuesdays with Stories'. When not headlining comedy clubs all over North America, List is a regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York City.
Jeff Allen’s rapid-fire humor, which centers on marriage and family, is a hit with all ages. A live comedy favorite, Jeff has appeared on Showtime, Comedy Central, VH1 and more. He starred in the critically acclaimed film, Apostles of Comedy, the syndicated comedy series, Bananas, his own one-hour comedy special, Happy Wife, Happy Life and the Warner Bros. comedy film, Thou Shalt Laugh. Jeff’s Dry Bar Comedy videos went viral earlier this year, introducing him to tens of millions of new fans worldwide. At times both gut-wrenching and hilarious, Jeff’s one-man show, The America I Grew Up In, offers a unique view into his crazy world.
On the heels of her newly released Netflix special, Michelle Wolf: Joke Show, Wolf is hitting the road with all new material. Watch Michelle work it out in intimate venues while you still can. Come laugh, be offended, be part of the process, be whatever you want to be… It will be fun!
Wolf has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the comedy landscape with the Village Voice calling her “the voice comedy needs right now” and The Daily Beast declaring, “Michelle Wolf is the future of stand-up comedy.” In 2017 Wolf debuted her first hour-long stand-up special, Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady, on HBO for which she received rave reviews and a Primetime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special.”
Wolf recently served as the executive producer, writer, and host of the critically acclaimed variety sketch series The Break with Michelle Wolf on Netflix. In 2018, she made international headlines as the much buzzed-about headliner of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. Wolf’s other television credits include being an on-air contributor and writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and a writing supervisor and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
You can take the boy out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the boy… Stand-up comedian Dusty Slay grew up on Lot 8 of a mobile home neighborhood in Opelika, Alabama, and his observational comedy and eternally optimistic outlook is peppered with ironies: growing up poor, a love for both hard-core country and classic rock, a career history peppered with jobs like waiting tables and selling pesticides, and what counts as fashion-forward thinking in his world. The trucker hat, long hair and mustache, flannel shirt and oversized glasses aren’t affectations to cultivate a stage persona as the B-side of a 1970-something Bob Seger single—it’s just Slay.
“There’s still a lot of jokes to come. I looked at everything as experience,” he says. “Let’s not get mad about it, let’s enjoy it.”
Just this year, at age 36, Slay has become the youngest comedian to ever perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry Stage in his adopted hometown of Nashville. He’s notched three appearances in front of “my people” at the Holy Land of country music in less than six months and has also been tapped to host CMA Festival’s Forever Country Stage in June to keep fans laughing between appearances by the biggest stars in country music.
The breakout comedian’s Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring premieres May 16, and he is also set for a second appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this summer. He’s also primed to appear live at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest 2019 in San Francisco, all continuing the momentum from previous sets on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing, andLaughs on Fox;regular stints on The Bob & Tom Radio Show; and a host of live appearances across the country.
Dusty was just picked as one of 2019's Top Comics to Watch by Variety Magazine.