"Creativity is just connecting things. '" - Steve Jobs

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.'" - Keri Russell

Unleash your creativity and build your confidence!

Welcome to my online open mic for comedians, writers, and newbies!
If you’d like to make people laugh, write a book or play, rewrite your personal story, blog today’s conundrums, or gain clarity as you journal your thoughts, then I invite you to reserve a spot on my online open mic.

We meet online every Wednesday at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET and Friday at 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm ET. More dates/times TBA.

If you’re wondering how it works, check out the video above. Sign up by clicking the big green button below the video!


Looking for an open mic that doesn’t require sitting in a dark and dingy bar basement for hours waiting for your stage time? You found it! Thanks to the internet, you can work out your latest material from the comfort of your own home while wearing your big fuzzy bunny slippers (or in your standard perfomance get up).

My open mic provides online “stage time”, constructive peer-to-peer feedback, and an opportunity to network with other comedians from around the world. You’ll be one of six participants in the group. Each of you will have five minutes to deliver your material and five minutes for feedback.

All you have to do is register. No drink minimum here!

See “Important Information” section below for more details.


online open mic for writers

Get ready for the next chapter in you writing life! Here is an open mic for those writing a book, play, blog, article, screenplay, TedTalk, or even a diary that might turn into a juicy memoir.

Writing isn’t done in a vacuum (that would suck). Join us here and share five minutes of your latest piece and recieve five minutes of peer-to-peer feedback from the other participants. You’ll be one of six writers in the group. Each of you will have five minutes to read your material (or ask one of us to read it out loud) and an additional five minutes for feedback.

The best part, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. All you have to do is register!

See “Important Information” section below for more details.


online open mic for newbies

Ready to try your hand at comedy, blogging, book writing, or storytelling, but waiting for a safe place to do it? Welcome to the judgement-free zone. This is a great place to get started.

Join our mic. You’ll get five minutes to share your written thoughts and ideas and receive five minutes of peer-to-peer feedback. You’ll be one of six participants in a group. We’ll even through in some extra love and support!

Go ahead and jot down your ideas, a ‘Dear John’ letter, copy for your website, or even that wedding toast you were asked to do! Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be yours.

See “Important Information” section below for more details.

"When all else fails, read the instructions.” - Agnes Allen

Important Information

Requirements: Computer with audio/video capabilities and some written material to share. I encourage you to log in a few minutes early and test your equipment. Life Lafter is not responsible for your equipment or technical difficulties or loss of participation as a result thereof.

Group size and participants: This is an open mic with feedback and not a show. Space is limited to six participants, one host, and zero audience.

Cancellation, Rescheduling, & Refund Policy:

You may cancel your online open mic reservation at any time without a refund. To cancel, use the purple button that says “cancel” at the bottom of your confirmation email.
There are no refunds.

You may reschedule up to twelve (12) hours before the mic start time. You must use the purple button that says “reschedule” at the bottom of your confirmation email. There is no rescheduling permitted 12 hours or less before the mic start time.

If you do not attend the online open mic and have not rescheduled or canceled, you will be considered a “no show”. You will not receive a refund nor will you be issued a credit to reschedule.

All online open mic sales are final. No refunds.

Technical challenges: Life Lafter is not responsible for your equipment or technical difficulties or loss of participation as a result thereof. You are responsible for audio and video technology on your personal computer. Testing your equipment in advance is highly recommended.

Language & content: This is an online open mic and adult language, content, and humor may be used. I ask that you are mindful and respectful. If you have any concerns or questions, I welcome you to contact me at Leanne.linsky@lifelafter.com.

"History never really says goodbye. History says, 'See you later.'" - Eduardo Galeano

Ever since I created my first comedy open mic, Casual Sketch, way back in 2007, I’ve found great joy in the writing process and even greater joy in sharing it. Open mic forums have given me new perspective, new friends, and lots of laughs over the years. I hope my online open mics do the same for you.

Casual Sketch poster 2007

A lot has changed since my former comedy partner and I started Casual Sketch as a monthly open mic for sketch comedy at Magnet Theater. A few months into it, my comedy partner turned over the mic to me and as the years went on, it evolved into a weekly platform for character monologues, storytelling, and eventually, stand up.

Here’s a fun timeline:

Casual Sketch 2nd Anniversary Show

July 2007. Casual Sketch was born! It was a monthly open mic for sketch comedy at Magnet Theater in New York City.

November 2011. Casual Sketch became a weekly event and moved to Identity Bar in the East Village where it stayed there until Identity Bar’s unexpected closure in November 2013.

Casual Sketch 7th Anniversary Show

December 2013. New York’s M.White Bar and Dixon Place Lounge, welcomed Casual Sketch with open arms.

January 2014. Casual Sketch continued at M.White Bar and made a couple appearances at Dixon Place Lounge. Casual Showcase, our produced show, premiered at M.White Bar on January 20, 2014.

Casual Sketch Last Show in NYC

July 2014. Eventually, everything changed once more and we moved Casual Sketch and Casual Showcase to Casa Humo in July 2014 where we stayed until our final show in New York in November 2014.

November 2014. Casual Sketch, Casual Showcase, and Casa Humo all came to an end in NYC. Leanne relocated to the West Coast.

Casual Comedy Long Beach Show

November 2015. Leanne begin producing Casual Comedy at the Apotrophe Bookstore in Long Beach, CA..

February 2016. Apostrophe Bookstore closed up shop. Casual Comedy moved to Polly’s Coffee for two sold out shows before ending it’s run that same month.

August 2019. Casual Comedy morphs into an online open mic called Life Lafter’s Online Open Mic.