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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.


When The Vortex-Midtown relocated to its current Peachtree Street address in 1997 the adjacent storefront was occupied by a theater known as the Peachtree Playhouse. After moving the play to a larger theater, the producers began using the room as a storage facility. 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, co-owner Michael Benoit approached his friend Mike Geier about creating an original burlesque show to be presented in the Lounge. Mike’s wife and business partner, Shannon Newton, operated her own dance troupe called the “Dames A’Flame.” Michael began collaborating with the couple to develop a unique adults-only variety show unlike anything Atlanta had ever seen. The first performance of the burlesque show, dubbed “Showbiz What Sizzles,” took place in the summer of 2006 and ran through June of 2008.


Marshall Chiles had been operating the Funny Farm Comedy Club in Roswell, Georgia since 2002. He met Michael Benoit completely by chance in July of 2008. They agreed that a comedy venue would complement The Vortex concept nicely, and subsequently came to an agreement on how to make that happen. The official opening of the Laughing Skull Lounge as a full-time comedy club took place 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 venue in Atlanta, attracting top comics from around the country who regularly perform to sold-out crowds.


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, our staff will NOT be able to assist with any inquiries about this club. CLICK HERE to visit the Laughing Skull Lounge website, and find out everything you need to know.


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