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After combing through nearly 1,000 submission videos, 65 of the best standup comedians from all over the country have been invited to perform in Atlanta during the 9th Annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. This year’s festival includes 30 shows in six different venues across Midtown.
The six venues include: Laughing Skull Lounge, Smith’s Olde Bar, Red Light Cafe, Village Theatre, Relapse Theatre, and City Winery.
City Winery, the 350 seat venue located at Ponce City Market, is where the festival’s five specialty shows will be taking place, Thursday through Saturday.
Thursday’s “Locals Only Showcase” at 8pm will feature 16 of Atlanta’s funniest current residents: Dan Weeks, Cherith Fuller, Gilbert Lawand, Ian Aber, Mandal, Jen O’Neill Smith, Paul Olinger, Trey Dunn, Samm Severin, Fray Forde, Andrew Stanley, Michael Rowland, Greg Behrens, Andrew Markle, Andrew Michael, and Brian Emond.
Friday’s 7pm and 10pm shows will be what the festival has become famous for: The Industry Showcases. The primary focus of the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival has always been to show off America's best up-and-coming comedians to the comedy industry's top television bookers, casting agents, managers, and talent scouts. Each of these shows will feature 15 performers, each doing their best 5 minutes of material in hopes of winning the hearts (and contracts) of the bookers from The Tonight Show, Just for Laughs, Comedy Central, Disney, and more!
Saturday’s 7pm and 10pm shows will be celebrating the comedians who got their start in Atlanta, and have since moved on to do great things. See the Atlanta Comedy Scene’s hometown heroes as they return for a showcase like no other.
Comedians for the Saturday shows include: Clayton English (Winner of Last Comic Standing, Netflix, Comedy Central), Rob Haze (The Tonight Show, Comedy Central), Caleb Synan (Conan, Comedy Central), Noah Gardenswartz (Conan, Comedy Central, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Mia Jackson (Last comic Standing, Comedy Central)