NEW COTL OPEN MIC SCHEDULE AND GUIDELINES
The pre-pandemic Comedians on the loose open mic schedule at Black Cat LES will resume Saturday, May 1, 2021.
MAIN INFORMATION AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT GOING FORWARD
4 mics per week at Black Cat LES. Thursdays and Saturdays at 7pm and 9 pm. Please be on time as I like to start the mic without delays. Check-in for each mic starts 15-30 minutes before the open mic begins. Black Cat LES is located at 172 Rivington Street, New York, 10002.
20 comedians performing per mic. The online reservation is the best way to secure your spot. Use the form below to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will be allowed although I can’t be as flexible as pre-pandemic due to the number of people allowed to be present in the room. To be considered for walk-in spot you have to be at the venue at least 10 minutes before the mic starts.
This is a paid open mic. Each comic will be required to pay $5 for 5-7 minutes of stage time. Stage time is determined based on the number of comics scheduled to perform. Payments will be accepted at the check in and it can be either in a form of cash or through Venmo. The COTL reward card is still valid. Use it to get every 10th mic free. Don't have one? Ask for yours at the next COTL open mic.
SAFETY PROTOCOL: During check-ins each comedian will receive a performance kit (a small pouch containing one microphone cover and one glove). Using the microphone cover and the glove will be mandatory during the comic's set. This is to minimize any germs to the microphone and the microphone stand so please don’t give us a hard time. Antibacterial wipes and sanitizers will be used as well. We are aware that all looks weird and maybe silly but, considering how many comedians got COVID-19, some even died, I really want to emphasize the safety so please be cool about it. When not performing, masks need to be worn due to the fact that it’s impossible to keep 6’ apart in such a small space, so mask is your friend. Please keep in mind that at any point during the open mic you might be asked to wait outside of the venue. This is due to the fact that it’s an open mic open to the public and we will constantly monitor the amount of people in the cafe and do crowd control accordingly. Lastly, if you had COVID-19 in the past 2 months we urge you to not attend the open mic for at least the month of May. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or you are not sure you completely recovered please be courtasoues and avoid coming to the mic. I would rather you stay away for a few months, get healthy and then come back than catching you lying to us and making other comics sick. If this happens you will immediately be banned from attending any Comedians on the loose events in the future. If you know anything about the New York comedy scene is that bad news travels super fast and suddenly less and less producers and bookers will wanna book you, so please don’t do anything that can jeopardize other people’s health and your future in this business.
DON'T SEE THE OPEN MIC FOR A CERTAIN DATE? There's a reason for it. Most likely the open mic on that day is canceled. I make an effort to update this page regularly and inform comics and audience in such situations. This happens rarely. Most of the time open mics are happening every week at the same time.
That's all for now. Please visit this page and/or our social media to get any information related to the COTL open mic.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing you soon.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
List of available open mics will be released EVERY MONDAY for that week's schedule in order to avoid premature reservations.
Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes before the mic starts in order to keep your reserved spot.
If you are not there on time I reserve the right to give your spot to a walk-in comic.