Best Open Mic (Comedy)
For up-and-coming comedians in the Twin Cities, finding stage time to work on their craft is essential. While there are many venues — from nationally revered comedy clubs to hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants — that offer the opportunity to catch live comedy any night of the week, Sisyphus Brewing has quickly carved out a niche. Its open mic night, hosted by veteran comic Corey Adam, has become known as the freshest, funniest, and best produced one in town. Sisyphus owner Sam Harriman spent several years as a comedian, so creating the right kind of venue and atmosphere for comedy comes as second nature. The room fits about 90 people, but offers the same stage, lighting, sound, and layout of the bigger clubs in town. Best of all, the taproom has done a great job of cultivating the right kind of audience: one that understands how comedy rooms operate. That means that performers can get solid experience without having to contend with loud talkers or a sizzling fajita platter.
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