Comedy Festival

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Comedian registration for the 8th Annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival (taking place May 1-8, 2017 in Atlanta, GA) is now open!
Videos will be judged based on material, delivery, originality, and overall impression. All submissions must be between 5 and 8 minutes long. The video must start at the beginning of the set, and be one continuous performance (not a “best of” compilation). Please submit your video URL, and ONLY the video URL.


Last festival had more than 60 shows at 15 of Atlanta’s best venues. You definitely don’t want to miss what we have in store for 2017. Learn how the festival works here. The Submission fee is: $35 until November 15, 2016 $40 until December 15, 2016. $45 until January 15, 2017. Final decisions will be announced on or before February 15, 2017. The actual festival will take place May 1-8, 2017 with the competition being May 3-6, 2017. Thanks and good luck! Marshall Chiles – Dudeman at Laughing Skull Comedy Festival

No matter what, if you are accepted, you will be seen by great industry who can help further your career.

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 brining 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 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, NBC, America’s Got Talent, Just for Laughs Montreal, and much more! I see The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival as one big ‘New Faces’ for the industry.

Every Show features 12+ comedians, and every comedian gets at least two shows a night while they are in town.

Why did I start this festival? I had always wanted to have a comedy festival that was judged by people who truly know stand-up 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 means to be a great stand-up 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.”

What is the future for the festival? Ideally, I see the city of Atlanta being completely encapsulated by stand-up comedy for an entire week, in the same way the Edinburgh and Montreal Comedy Festivals have done. The Laughing Skull Lounge team is working hard to build something great that will eventually grow into hundreds of shows that will bring in audiences from all over the country; and turn them into comedy fans.

Now that we have great sponsors like Red Brick Brewing Co., and W Hotels I believe we can make this goal a reality in the next few years. Stay tuned and tell a friend!