Saturday, May 23, 2009

Laughing Skull Lounge stands up for intown comedy

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Originality matters in comedy, from the joke being told to the stage it's told from. In that vein, Atlanta's newest comedy venue, the Laughing Skull Lounge, brings a rare personal feel to the often-intimidating world of stand-up. Located in the back of the Midtown Vortex Bar & Grill on Peachtree Street, Laughing Skull has a maximum capacity of 74 seats. It bills itself as “the smallest full-time comedy venue in the world” and has recently applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for that exact title.

Local comedian Marshall Chiles, who ran the recently shutdown Funny Farm, owns and operates Laughing Skull. He's especially excited about the creative opportunities the new room offers. "It's about the art of comedy. This room isn't for mainstream comics who do the normal clubs, it's for real, progressive comedians. Our contract with the Vortex actually states that we're not allowed to do homogenous, family-friendly comedy."

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