"Everybody is very supportive. It's one of those places you can go and try anything, and it will be supported and respected," he said.
Kerr, who opened for nationally-known comedian Doug Stanhope at The Empty Glass in September and competed in the West Virginia's Funniest Person competition in 2009, said doing comedy is therapeutic.
"I have issues with anxiety," she said, laughing. "And I hate people, but getting up on stage lets me be a different person."
Felton said Mojo's gets a fairly diverse group of performers. It's not just a boys' club.
"We've had some really talented women come through the door," he said. "One of my favorites is Lynn Browder. She's a single mother and, legitimately, the funniest person I think I've ever met."
The regulars, Felton added, are a tight knit group. He'd go so far as call them a kind of family, but said they were too small to be a community.
"We're like any other 'scene' in Charleston. It's four or five people doing everything."
Still, they've grown. During the last year, more than 40 people have come out for the open mic.
"It's been really gratifying to see everyone kind of evolve and take this thing that started small and just run with it," Felton said. "Some of us are doing other shows now. Andy Frampton, who started with us, had a show at Easy Streets in St. Albans. Jacob Hall hosted a show in Ripley. Tommy Mac has his monthly show at the Blue Parrot."
Pell added, "It's gotten funnier, and it really changes from week to week. It's been interesting to watch these comedians push themselves to be different, to be original, and they do all kinds of material."
"Except sports," Felton joked. "Mojo's is the only sports bar I can't tell a sports joke in. I don't think anybody who comes to the show knows much about sports."
Getting in on the act isn't that hard. There's not even a cover to get in the door. Felton said people usually call him or contact him through Facebook about getting on the lineup for a particular show.
"But usually, if you show up and it's not too busy, I can fit you in on the end, even if you haven't contacted me," he said.
Just show up a little early.
Kerr said it's important to bring your own material.
"Even if you think it will bomb," she said. "And use notes. It's OK."
"If you're not funny, you'll realize it right off and can move on. Maybe you'll hit the next one out of the park," Felton said.
"Just be yourself," Maximus added. "And have fun with it."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.