[ About Us ]
Hello, my name is Marshall Chiles (festival founder/owner and “Dude Man” behind the Laughing Skull Lounge) and I would like to personally tell you about the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Hopefully the following will answer most of your questions…
How is the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival different from other festivals?
Most comedy festivals try to get as many big names as possible and focus on celebrity appeal to sell tickets, while we focus on pure talent by only bringing in the best unsigned comedians from all over the country (with the occasional celebrity surprise). One main focus of this festival is to showcase these up-and-coming comics for the comedy industry’s top agents, managers, and bookers so they can advance their careers to the next level. In the past seven years, we have had numerous comedians go on to perform on The Tonight Show, Conan, Letterman, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, America’s Got Talent, Just for Laughs, and much more!
Why did I start this festival?
I had always wanted to have a comedy festival that was judged by people who truly know standup comedy. Most competition comedy festivals are judged by a radio DJ, a hair dresser, and a life coach. Sorry, but those people do not know what it means to be a great standup comedian. On a regular basis, I hear comedians say things along the lines of, “I live in LA, but I had to come to Atlanta to get seen by LA industry.”
How does the contest work?
After viewing submissions from over 800 comedians from all across North America, we invited the best 72 to Atlanta to compete for the coveted first place prize; which includes $1000 cash, the crystal microphone trophy, future bookings, and the oddly prestigious title of Winner of the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.
The 72 comedians will be judged on 3 preliminary rounds (Wednesday – Friday)
After their 3 sets, the top 18 will move on to one of two semi-finals shows Saturday at 8:00 (9 at the Buckhead Theatre and 9 at the Laughing Skull)
The top 4 from each of those shows will move on to the final competition at 10:30 at the Buckhead Theatre, where the winner will be decided.
What is the future for the festival?
What does it matter, we’re all going to die alone anyway…