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Open mic for every (week)night

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With all of the options of clubs and improv theaters, you should have no trouble attending comedic events every weekend. Plus, there are also non-comedy venues — Variety Playhouse, the Plaza Theatre, the Earl, the Tabernacle, Cobb Energy Centre, 529, etc. — that occasionally host stand-up as well. But what about the weeknights? Here's a list to help ensure that you've got options for hilarious irresponsibility should you want to forsake a couple hours of pre-work sleep.

Monday:
Star Bar Open Mic
Held every Monday from 8 p.m.-midnight, this is arguably the city's most rewarding and respected open-mic night. And it's free. In addition to a host of amateurs and Atlanta's finest local talent, Kyle Kinane, Margaret Cho, and others have gone up at the Little Five Points rock dive. starbaratlanta.com.

SweetWater Beer and Comedy Night
For $10 (cash only at the door) on the first Monday of every month, attendees get six SweetWater beers and several local comedians at Atlanta's craft-brewery. kingpin.sweetwaterbrew.com.

Tuesday:
Five Spot Cheap Shots Comedy
This free open mic every Tuesday in Little Five Points is followed by a musical jam session. fivespot-atl.com.

ATL House of Comedy Tuesdays
Kat's Cafe on Piedmont Avenue hosts ATL's Kings of Funny every Tuesday. katscafeatlanta.com.

Wednesday:
Backstage Atlanta
Comedy veteran and Atlanta native Bruce Bruce hosts this comedy showcase every other Wednesday at Backstage Atlanta in College Park, featuring comedians from the likes of BET's "ComicView," "Def Comedy Jam," "Bad Boys of Comedy," and more. backstageatlanta.com.

LOL Wednesdays
Every Wednesday at 255 Tapas Lounge in Castleberry Hill, Phat Comedy hosts a collection of comedians who have been featured on Comedy Central, NBC's "Last Comic Standing," and more. 255tapaslounge.com.

Laughing Skull Open Mic
$10. A rotating lineup of 15 local and national comedians take the stage at Laughing Skull on Wednesdays to hone their routines in front of an 18-and-up crowd. laughingskulllounge.com.

Thursday:
Down the Ramp Open Mic
$5. Held every Thursday at Relapse Theatre. relapsecomedy.com.

Red Light Open Mic
Held every Thursday at the Basement Theatre, 10 comics go up for five minutes apiece. Three audience members get to decide if they get yanked early. thebasementtheatre.com.

Friday
Phat Comedy at Village Theatre
This 11 p.m. Friday show promises "some of the nation's funniest stand-up comedians" and "drinks till 2:30 a.m." villagecomedy.com.

The Best Damn Comedy Show Period
Maurice Sims Productions and ATL House of Comedy present Atlanta comedians every Friday at Acoustix Jazz Restaurant & Lounge on Atlanta's Westside. Admission is $10 and attendees are encouraged to "dress to impress!" atlhouseofcomedy.com.

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