Open Mike Night: Where any Tom, Dick or Mary can get five minutes of fame.
Aaah! Capela, 5907 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 509-6738. Hollywood types frequent this theatrical coffeehouse to see old movies, music and theatrical productions in the 99-seat theater. But on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, comics, musicians and the occasional poet get seven minutes of fame. Sign-ups, 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. All ages; $5 cover.
Anastasia’s Asylum, 1028 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 394-7113. Most nights, musicians take the stage of this boho coffeehouse, but on the first Wednesday of each month, they turn over the mike to poets and comics at 8 p.m. All ages. No cover.
Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 656-6225. This top-notch comedy shop serves up some of the best-known comics in town, but on Sundays they turn the place over to the amateurs from 6 to 9 p.m. 21 and over. No cover.
Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 656-1336. Aspiring comics get a chance at fame when open-mike night gets underway on Tuesdays. The first 20 people in line are signed up at 6 p.m. The show gets started at 8 p.m., and each comic has just three minutes to get the last laugh. 21 and over. No cover.
Highland Grounds, 742 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (213) 466-1507. This well-known coffeehouse attracts just about every performer who’s got new material to try out during its Wednesday “Open Mind” night. Poets, magicians, comics, musicians and even actors with monologues sign up between 7 and 7:30 p.m. for a coveted place in the 8 p.m.-to-midnight lineup. All ages; $2 cover.
Un-Urban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056. Poets, comics and musicians don’t always go together, so this hip java joint broke up its open-mike nights so that each artist would be in the right environment. Musicians play Monday, and if they do well, they stand a chance at being booked for the weekend. Poets perform Sunday, and comics get the stage on Thursday. All shows begin at 8 p.m.; sign-ups at 7:30 p.m. All ages; no cover.