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A favorite among comedians and the public alike, the Laughing Skull Lounge is the world’s smallest full-time comedy club, accommodating just 74 ticket holders. The intimate atmosphere of this unique theater makes it the perfect place to experience ground breaking stand-up comedy. There isn’t a bad seat in the house.


The Laughing Skull Lounge is a 100% smoke-free environment.


No food is allowed in the Lounge. Patrons may dine at The Vortex before or after most comedy shows. Please check-in with the host at the entrance before being seated.


There is a strict “no-heckling” policy in the Lounge. Anyone disrupting a show in any way will be removed from the premises, and there are no refunds for being an idiot.


The Lounge offers a Limited Drink Menu. There is a 2-drink minimum per person, per show but you are certainly free to drink more. CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Lounge Drink Menu. (Drinks may also be brought in from the main bar of The Vortex).


The Laughing Skull Lounge comedy club is located inside The Vortex-Midtown, but The Vortex is not responsible for ticketing, booking or otherwise operating this venue. Therefore, no member of The Vortex staff will be able to assist with inquiries about this club. For more detailed information about this venue, CLICK HERE to visit the Laughing Skull Lounge website, and find out everything you need to know.


When The Vortex-Midtown relocated to its current Peachtree Street address back in 1997 the adjacent storefront was occupied by a theater known as the Peachtree Playhouse, where two playwrites presented a long-running play called Peachtree Battle. When the theater’s lease expired in 2005, The Vortex took possession of the space and renamed it the Laughing Skull Lounge.


Once under Vortex control, an original burlesque show was created specifically to be presented in the Lounge. It featured Big Mike Geier and the “Dames A’Flame” burlesque troupe. This unique, adults-only variety show was unlike anything Atlanta had ever seen. The first performance of the show, dubbed “Showbiz What Sizzles,” took place in the summer of 2006 and ran through June of 2008.


A partnership between The Vortex and the former owner of the Funny Farm Comedy Club created the world’s smallest full-time comedy venue inside the most famous burger joint in Atlanta. The official opening was on February 13, 2009, and featured comedian Emo Philips. The Lounge has since been featured in several television productions, and is widely recognized as the best stand-up comedy club in Atlanta, attracting top comics from around the country who regularly perform to sold-out crowds.


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