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click to enlarge Molly Ruben-Long co-hosts the Bear With Me open mic at 9 p.m. Mondays at Twelve Mile Limit.

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Molly Ruben-Long co-hosts the Bear With Me open mic at 9 p.m. Mondays at Twelve Mile Limit.

New Orleans' stand-up comedy schedule — once limited to a couple of shows a week — now has shows every night — and all for the price of free.

Monday Comedians Julie Mitchell and Molly Ruben-Long host the weekly Bear With Me open mic at 9 p.m. at Twelve Mile Limit (500 S. Telemachus St., 504-488-8114; @bearwithmemic). Sign-up starts at 8:30 p.m., and the bar provides free food beginning at 7 p.m.

  Chris Lane emcees Comic Strip at 9 p.m. at Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave., 504-265-8855;, featuring a mix of open-mic comedy and burlesque acts.

Tuesday Comedians Leon Blanda and Vincent Zambon host the Give It Up open mic at House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.

  Comedians Andrew Polk and Cyrus Cooper tag-team host the Comedy Beast showcase at 8:30 p.m. at The Den at The Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 504-529-5844; @comedybeastnola), featuring up-and-coming local comics and frequent surprise drop ins and touring headliners, from Kyle Kinane and Hannibal Buress to Louis CK. A few bucks in the bucket are encouraged. Miller on tap is $2.

  Comedian Cassidy Henehan hosts the long-running late-night showcase Comedy Catastrophe at 10 p.m. in the back room at Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St., 504-949-2009;, where many comics performing around town often wind up (to watch or perform) for the show's solid local lineup (which also frequently has surprise performances from some big names). Henehan encourages throwing some bones in a plastic robot before you leave. Tecate is $2.

Wednesday Cassidy and Mickey Henehan head the long-running open-mic Think You're Funny? at 9 p.m. at Carrollton Station (8140 Willow St., 504-865-9190; The mic has become a nucleus for New Orleans comedy since it began in 2008. Sign up begins at 8 p.m. Miller High Life is $2.

  Comics Vincent Zambon and Lane Lonion host a new open-mic/showcase dubbed Community Service at 8:30 p.m. at Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ (401 Andrew Higgins Drive, 504-569-8459;

Thursday Leon Blanda hosts the Comedy Boom showcase at 8 p.m. at House of Blues, featuring a live band and an up-and-coming and well-groomed lineup of local and touring comics.

  Fred "Red Bean" Plunkett hosts the Comedy Gumbeaux open-mic at 8 p.m. at The Den at The Howlin' Wolf (

  Paul Oswell hosts Local Uproar at 8:30 p.m. at the recently reopened Sidney's Saloon (1200 St Bernard Ave.;

  Amanda Golob and Horatio Dell host the Pure Comedy open mic at 7 p.m. at Pure New Orleans (1011 Gravier St., 844-787-3504). Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday Vincent Zambon hosts a new showcase, Comedy F— Yeah, at 9 p.m. at Dragon's Den (435 Esplanade Ave., 504-940-5546;

Saturday Paul Oswell hosts another edition of Local Uproar at 7:30 p.m. at AllWays Lounge (2240 St. Claude Ave., 504-218-5778;

Sunday Andrew Polk and Duncan Pace host the NOLA Comedy Hour open-mic at 8 p.m. at Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave., 504-945-4446; Sign-up is at 7:30 p.m.

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