Monday, March 1, 2010

Laughing Skull Lounge hosts inaugural comedy fest

Posted By on Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 8:26 PM

click to enlarge STAND-UP JOB: Maria Bamford performing at Laughing Skull Lounge
  • STAND-UP JOB: Maria Bamford performing at Laughing Skull Lounge

Like giving to the homeless, or sixty-nining, comedy festivals are supposed to benefit all parties involved. Fans get an extended chance to see a multitude of comedians in one location, and comedians get the attention and exposure that they need to get more gigs. Marshall Chiles, a local comedian and owner of the Laughing Skull Lounge, hosts the inaugural Laughing Skull Comedy Festival March 3-6. The four-day comedy binge will feature performances by 60 of the best comedians you've probably never heard of. They'll compete for bragging rights, cash, and most importantly, work: The festival's grand-prize winner receives six months of paid gigs.

Chiles, a passionate advocate for Atlanta's diminutive but talent-filled comedy scene, didn't put together the festival solely to get local comics the spotlight. He did it to earn Atlanta some shine as well. Hosting a successful comedy festival can put a city on the industry's radar (think Montreal, Boston), and Chiles wants to showcase Atlanta as a viable career destination for more comedians. "For Atlanta comedy, this is our coming out party," he says. "We don't just want to show the industry that there's a lot of undiscovered talent down here, but also that the city can sustain a strong comedy scene. Hopefully, that will bring more creative work to us. With Turner and Tyler Perry already here, the city has resources to support production."

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