Penny’s Open Mic

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After six years of hosting and producing PENNY’S OPEN MIC at UNDER St. Marks Theater, Penny has ended her show to go into pre-production with her feature film ABIGAIL: A Comedy About Suicide with Above the Sea productions and directed by American History X director Tony Kaye.

But the tradition lives on with THE OPEN MIC DOWNSTAIRS!
Hosted by Dan Ricker Mike Milazzo and Kaitlyn O’Connor
94 St. Marks Place
off of first Ave
For more information email Dan Ricker at

Or find them on facebook HERE!

CBS New York on Penny’s Open Mic

“Possibly the best venue in New York City for performers who like to take risks, Penny’s Open Mic at Under St. Mark’s Theater features some of the most eclectic and talented performers to grace the New York scene. Spoken word artists, musicians and comedians combine aspects of several art forms such as dance and theater to create memorable performances for New York audiences. The atmosphere is very supportive and hostess Penny Pollak has amazing energy and enthusiasm. Performers can count on musicians Mike Milazzo and Dan Ricker to accompany them upon request. Remember the three most important rules: no heckling, no fire on stage and no glitter.”

CBS New York

Penny Pollak on The Open Mic and the Big Screen by E.V. Greive

“For the past six years on Tuesday nights, Penny Pollak has hosted Penny’s Open Mic at Under St Mark’s Theater. This coming Tuesday she is hanging up the mic (the show will go on without her, though). Pollak is heading into production on her feature film with directorTony (“American History X”) Kaye. She stars in “ABIGAIL: A Comedy About Suicide,” 

Here, Pollak, a writer, actor, fire-breather, shares some thoughts on her years hosting the open mic as well as prepping for her film work. From 2007 to 2013, without fail EVERY TUESDAY Penny’s Open Mic has been a home for any and all artist to come, workshop, experiment and share their art 7 minutes at a time. The audience is here to listen and support, there is a back garden for talking and smoking, a bar for drinks including $4 Budweiser tall boys, there is a green room for the performers on deck to prepare before they go on stage. On this stage anything is welcome…except for heckling , fire and glitter.”

-E.V. Grieve

Literary Magazine Exit Strata on ending Penny’s Open Mic

“Every Tuesday night for the past five years, Penny Pollak has hosted Penny’s Open Mic in the East Village. And every week, a freak scene of musicians, storytellers, comedians, and performance artists descends into the basement theater of Under St. Marks for what is arguably the best open mic in NYC.


Stagebuddy on saying goodbye to Penny’s Open Mic

“Penny’s Open Mic, a staple of the East Village, has closed. The late night show, open to performers of all disciplines, had run every Tuesday from 9PM-2AM since 2007. Penny Pollak, an actor, writer and artist, crafted a safe environment that became a second home to a gargantuan range of New Yorkers including beatboxers, Scottish folk singers, and suicidal comedians. The intimate basement Under St. Mark’s Theatre cultivated an incredibly supportive atmosphere, and performers were able to explore and refine material without fear of retribution or rejection. Many Open Mic’s operate in an outrageously critical environment full of bitter comedians that could care less about supporting fellow performers, and wait for their turn quietly seething. Not so at Penny’s.The focus has always been the stage and the person on stage does not heckle the audience. With the help of the many talented artists who grace this stage Pennys Open Mic become an inspiring atmosphere where people feel free and safe to grow as artists and as people.”

Also featured in New York Magazine, Backstage magazine, village voice, Time Out NY, The New York Press and New York Times Local.

Pennys Open Mic– Facebook


Wide Open Mic from Eliza Moley on Vimeo.

Click here to listen: Saying Goodbye to Penny’s Open Mic: Interviews recorded live on the SKETCH BLOCK PODCAST

Aug 27th 1013

The Last Penny’s Open Mic

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  1. Jason July 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    get to read my poetry there. These people are loving caring human beings who promote art and your personal expression, they are very judgmental, they want you to be yourself and celebrate that. Jason A

  2. Natasha Senjanovic July 8, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Went last week for the first time and loved it! I’m coming back as soon as I can, with material, so how do I find out about the week’s theme…?!


  3. Joseph August 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Hey Penny, me an a few friends are interested in your open mic tonight? We were wondering do you usually have a keyboard and/or amp available or would we have to carry one into the city out from Brooklyn?

  4. Ian Colville August 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Got to recite my poetry here last Tuesday, which was something special; I mean, how about that – Greenwich Village New York City; couldn’t be beat! An awesome evening (and early morning) of artistic endeavour and entertainment, hosted by the remarkable Penny, I was sad to hear, for the penultimate time – best wishes to her in her new adventure. Good news is that the open mic will continue and I’ll be sure to visit next time I’m in town. Thanks to Kurt and all who made me feel welcome!

  5. dahvinchi January 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    Like the atmospher will like to come and perform..

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