Open Mics are no exception. There is a protocol to it, a certain way of doing things. If you are familiar with the Chicago Open Mic scene you know there is a ton of new hopeful comedians that attempt this art/craft each week. To help this newbie influx, we wanted to put together a brief list of unwritten rules that might help new folks get acclimated to the Chicago scene.
1: Note book manners:
Many new comics bring a notebook on the stage to help reference material and that's fine, but don't just stand there and read your jokes line by line (seen it happen many times). That will kill the energy of the room and you'll never learn the finer nuances of timing, delivery etc.