Meet the fab 5 queers playing Laughing Skull Comedy Festival

After nearly 1,000 submissions and hours of tough decisions culling through them, Midtown’s premiere comedy club is ready to bring 60 top comics to Atlanta this weekend.

What better way to welcome the ninth annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival to Atlanta than to meet its queers? From locals to nationally touring acts, here are the five LGBTQ comics to watch for in shows at multiple venues April 26 – 28.

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Andrew Markle

City you’re repping: ATL Hoe

Years doing stand up comedy: 6

When not slaying on stage you can find me: Working out or traveling

Comedic Icons: Kathleen Madigan, Greg Proops & Dulcé Sloan

Queer Icons: It’s Britney Bitch

Favorite Social Media Trend: GIFs

Least Favorite Social Media Trend: The (insert your thing here) Challenge

If there was a sitcom about your childhood, it would be called: Limp Wrists Don’t Fail Me Now.

If your comedy was a drag queen, what would her name be and why? Sugar Gritz - Sweet, Southern, and don’t knock it till you try it.

Tell Queer Atlanta one last thing to make them love you forever: It’s better if you don’t!

Andrew’s Laughing Skull Fest Shows

April 26, 8 p.m. City Winery - Locals Only Showcase

April 27, 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar - Skull Fest Showcase

April 27, 10:30 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - Skull Fest Showcase

April 28, 8 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - Industry Showcase

April 28, 11 p.m. Village Theatre – 15-Comedian Showcase

 

Arielle Norman

City you’re repping: Austin

Years doing stand up comedy: 4

When not slaying on stage, you can find me: walking dogs, making smoothies for rich people, having an Americano and a pastry at a coffee shop, drinking beers in a river, running, doing yoga, at church, camping

Comedic Icons: Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Louis CK, Natasha Leggero, Kurt Metzger, Big Jay Oakerson

Queer Icons: Ellen, Tig, Kate McKinnon, Wanda Sykes

Favorite Social Media Trend: People deleting their Facebook accounts. If I didn’t feel I had to have all this shit for my career, I’d get a flip phone.

Least Favorite Social Media Trend: Snapchat filters. Why does anybody think it’s attractive to have crude, infantilizing airbrushing filters and bunny ears on their faces?

If there was a sitcom about your childhood, it would be called: Everybody Loves Mormons

If your comedy was a drag artist, what would their name be and why? Samuel L. Sackskin. If I explained why, it would spoil some of my favorite jokes. You’ll see.

Tell Queer Atlanta one last thing to make them love you forever: Hey ladies, I’m in the middle of my 2nd gay divorce in three years. Holler at me!

Arielle’s Laughing Skull Fest Shows

April 26, 8 p.m. Red Light Cafe - 15 Comedian Showcase -

April 27, 8 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - Skull Fest Showcase

April 27, 10:30 p.m. Relapse Theatre - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 28, 8 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - Industry Showcase

April 28, 10:30 p.m. Red Light Cafe - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 29, 7 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - 15 Comedian Showcase

 

Daniel Rugg Webb

City you’re repping: Hollywood

Years doing stand up comedy: 5

When not slaying on stage, you can find me: Drunk and under a table

Comedic Icons: Suzanne Sugarbaker, Foster Brooks, Molly Ivins

Queer Icons: Morticia Addams, Scott Thompson, Margaret Cho

Favorite Social Media Trend: Videos of people falling down

Least Favorite Social Media Trend: Homogenous human existence

If there was a sitcom about your childhood, it would be called: FANCY! A Bedroom Drama

If your comedy was a drag queen, what would her name be and why? I actually am a drag queen. I am Toyota Lopez. She's a mess.

Tell Queer Atlanta one last thing to make them love you forever: I'm a vers top, and I'm into carbs

Daniel’s Laughing Skull Fest Shows

April 26, 8 p.m.  Laughing Skull Lounge - Opening Ceremony Showcase

April 27, 7 p.m. City Winery - Industry Showcase

April 27, 10:30 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 28, 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 28, 10:30 p.m. Red Light Cafe - 15 Comedian Showcase

 

Lauren Faber

City you’re repping: Durham, N.C.

Years doing stand up comedy: I'll turn 4 in October

When not slaying on stage you can find me: Napping. And managing experimental evaluations of international development interventions centered around women's empowerment, health, and labor market participation.

Comedic Icons: Ellen, Paula Poundstone, Elvira Kurt

Queer Icons: Ellen, Paula Poundstone, Elvira Kurt

Favorite Social Media Trend: MAGA trolls getting dragged by Stormy Daniels and the MSD kids

Least Favorite Social Media Trend: Trump

If there was a sitcom about your childhood, it would be called: Capes

If your comedy was a drag queen, what would her name be and why? Mommie Queerest

Tell Queer Atlanta one last thing to make them love you forever: I was Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid for nine Halloweens in a row.

Lauren’s Laughing Skull Fest Shows

April 26, 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 27, 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar - Skull Fest Showcase

April 27,10:30 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - Skull Fest Showcase

April 28, 9 p.m. Village Theatre - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 29, 9:30 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - 15 Comedian Showcase

 

Ian Aber

Along with Andrew, Arielle, Lauren and Daniel, this local queer comic, show promoter, regular Q contributor, and yours truly, rounds out the Fab Five queer people in the festival this year. Catch a show and maybe the next big queer comedian.

Ian’s Laughing Skull Fest Shows

April 26, 8 p.m. City Winery - Locals Only Showcase

April 27, 8 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - Skull Fest Showcase

April 27, 10:30 p.m. Relapse Theatre - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 28, 8 p.m. Red Light Cafe - 15 Comedian Showcase

April 28, 10:30 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge - Comedy Showcase

Laughing Skull Comedy Festival takes place April 26-April 28 at multiple venues. Tickets and schedules, including a full listing of comedians queer and otherwise, at laughingskullcomedyfestival.com.

This article originally appeared in Q magazine. Pick it up all over Atlanta, and read the digital verison below.