Are you looking for some cheap laughs on a weeknight? Or maybe your friends have been telling you that you should do standup, and you’re ready to try out your material in front of a live audience. St. Louis offers a collection of open mic nights, with either free or very low-cost admission, to connect funny guys and gals with audiences who hunger for laughs. If you’re interested in performing, give the venue a call first to see if you need to reserve stage time.
Comedy Shipwreck At The Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 352-5226
www.theheavyanchor.com

The Comedy Shipwreck open mic night happens on the first and third Mondays of each month and attracts some of the best up-and-coming comedians in the city. The Heavy Anchor is a quintessential South City dive bar on Gravois, known mostly for cheap strong drinks and live music. The inner space is divided into a bar and a performance area. The Comedy Shipwreck takes place on the bar side of the venue and begins at 10 p.m. Admission is free, sponsored by PBR.

Funny Bone Comedy Club
614 Westport Plaza Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63146
(314) 469-6692
www.stlouisfunnybone.com

If you prefer a full-blown comedy-club environment to a dive bar, you might want to visit Funny Bone at Westport Plaza. Other comedy clubs have come and gone over the years, but this Funny Bone location endures as one of the city’s favorite venues. On Tuesdays at 8 p.m., local pros and amateurs take the stage to polish their material in front of a live audience.  Admission is $5 with a two-drink minimum. Westport offers a ton of eateries as well, creating a great opportunity for a midweek evening out to break up your routine.

Hey Guys Comedy Club
5225 N. Illinois St.
Fairview Heights, IL
(618) 416-6434
www.heyguyscomedy.com

On the Illinois side, the Hey Guys Comedy Club serves up laughter, drinks and tasty snacks at modest prices. The decor is simple but fun, with bright walls, basic tables and chairs and fiber-optic lights on the table to call your server when you need more pretzel bites. The Fairview Heights location is convenient for East-Siders. Open mic night is every Thursday.

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Fitz’s Root Beer Balcony Bar
6605 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 726-9555
www.fitzsrootbeer.com

Fitz’s is the place for bubbly fun in the Delmar Loop, an iconic burger and soda shop where the city’s best fresh sodas are brewed up daily. But did you know that Fitz’s also has a Balcony Bar? This is a great spot for evening drink specials and watching the game with friends. On Thursday nights at 10 p.m., the Balcony Bar hosts a comedy open mic night and late-night happy hour, with free admission and menu specials. This event is definitely worth your time.

Wild Card Open Mic Comedy At The Crow’s Nest
7336 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63143
(314) 781-0989
www.eatcrowstl.com

The Crow’s Nest is a dive bar in the hipster haven, also known as Maplewood. The Nest serves pub fare with a twist, like deep fried deviled eggs or a pulled pork Monte Cristo sandwich. On Wednesday nights at 10:30, you can catch the Wild Card Open Mic Comedy show. There’s no cover charge for the show, and a variety of drink specials are available. This show is a great way to celebrate Hump Day!

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Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Visit her blog at http://www.thesoulofajourney.com.