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Sydney's best stand up comedy, every Thursday.

If you’re thinking about giving open mic a bash, or you have a question about our comedy nights, then please see if we’ve answered in here in the FAQ section before you drop us an email. You’re guaranteed to get a faster response by checking this page out.

How do I get an open mic spot?

Ask for one by sending an email to bookings@amicinhand.com.

If you are brand new to us, great.
Make sure you include your:

(We don’t need much info, we just need to know a little bit about you so we can put you on in the most suitable spot.)

After you do your spot, email through another request to get back onto the list.

Emails that read “Hi, can I get a spot? Brian”, will not be answered.

How long is the wait?

The wait can be up to three months, as we are currently cycling about 120 names. We keep requests in the order they arrive, so don’t worry if you don’t hear from us for a while, you’re working your way up the list. Please do not continually email, as we do not have time to give constant personal updates.

Once we have seen you, you may find that waiting time grows shorter. This is because we typically book the Friend in Hand with 4 stronger acts who we have seen before and 4 people who are unknown to us, or who are ‘finding their comedy feet’ shall we say. This ensures a balance for the audience, and means a better night for everyone.

There are other ways to decrease waiting time. For example, we often have dropouts, so spots can come up at very late notice. If you are there on the night you may be asked to fill the gap.

What is the call time?

At the Friend call time is 7:30, and the open mic starts at 8:00.

If you are running late, let us know. The Pubs phone number is 9660 2326.
Comics will lose their spot if they are not there and we don’t know if they’re going to turn up or not, beyond a certain point.

How is the running order created?

We create the running order on the night. If you have a reason to be on later or earlier, let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

What is the venue address?

The Friend in Hand Hotel
58 Cowper St, Glebe

Do you have general tips for new open micers?

Cheers, have fun!