The Joke Gym is produced by Scott Shimamoto and Paula Johnson and designed to be the best open mic experience possible, for both novices and working pros.
Join us on the 1st + 3rd Thursdays at Villa Catrina (251 N. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006)
We start collecting names at 6:30 and run the show from 7 to 9 p.m.
We have approximately 22 spots per show, drawn by lottery. Sometimes offer guaranteed spots via our Facebook Page.
At 6:30, we start collecting cards. Everyone in the lottery has an equal chance of getting a spot.
Do not submit an intro card for a friend who is parking the car or “on the way.” You will get a spanking.
Sometimes we draw the line-up before the show. Sometimes we do a blind lottery. You just never know.
Each comic gets 5 minutes. If the line-up is light, you'll get more time.
Lots of energy, lots of new material, and a 9 pm wrap-up. Feel free to bring your notes, tape recorder and water on stage. You are welcome to video your own set, but do not record anyone else without their permission.
Purchase a drink or food to support our venue. Without a free venue, we have no show.
We call our open mic The Joke Gym for a good reason: it’s a friendly, supportive place to work out new material.
Our big red light goes on (solid red) when you have 1 minute left. It starts flashing when your time is up.