Marshall Chiles: 

... has a (Funny) Farm

Marshall Chiles started doing stand-up in 2001, and used his business savvy to take over management duties at Funny Farm Comedy Club in late 2002.

Marshall ran a Web design company in Athens that tanked when all the other dot-coms tanked in the late '90s. Comedy became his refuge and then his career.

In his relatively short career as a comedian, Marshall has reached the semifinals of Comedy Central's "Laugh Riots," and the second round of NBC's "Last Comic Standing."

He travels to New York City several times a year to do his act three to four times a night in the city's ever-flourishing club circuit.

Marshall understands the business behind the art. He's made the Funny Farm a destination for popular comedians. He also started a now-defunct open-mic night at Smith's Olde Bar and a still-running open-mic night at DT's Down Under in Athens.

On growing up funny: "There were three short buses: the really retarded, the kinda retarded, and the behavior disorder. I rode the one for behavior disorder."

Marshall admits he is a "recovering dickhead," but claims to have found a spiritual remedy: "I get high and listen to self-help tapes. What else are you gonna do while you're driving?"

On doing stand-up in the South: "Being an Atlanta comic, sometimes people ask me if I want to be like Jeff Foxworthy. I say, 'No,' because you might be a redneck if ... you haven't written another joke in 10 years."

Marshall recently took up skateboarding at the ripe age of 32. "I would've taken up rollerblading but the hardest part about rollerblading is telling your dad you're gay."

On comedy club rivalry: "My first obligation is to comedy. I worship the comedy goddess. I don't want the Punchline to ever go out of business. It'd be awesome if the [forthcoming] Improv, the Funny Farm and the Punchline all sold out every weekend. If everybody went to comedy clubs, then this would be one hell of a happy city. I don't know if that's lame or not."

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