Laughter is the spark of the soul, which is why comedians can light up rooms during a blackout but cannot be left unattended at gas stations. Enjoy crackling wit with this GrouponLive deal to Laughing Skull Lounge, located inside The Vortex. For $19, you get two general-admission tickets to one non-special-engagement show (up to a $40 value). Laughing Skull Lounge requires a two-drink minimum per person, which is not included in this Groupon.
Voted Atlanta’s best comedy club in Creative Loafing from 2009 to 2011, Laughing Skull presents national and local comedians in an intimate 74-seat room. A cerebral laugh-crafter who wrote his master's thesis on the influence of satire in politics, Costaki Economopoulos (November 29–December 2) mixes erudite observations with a laid-back demeanor that can be heard on his regular segment on The Bob and Tom Show. His sets meander through surreally absurd reflections on raising his infant daughter and sarcastically dispirited musings on his difficult name. With a career that includes two half-hour specials on Comedy Central, youthful standup Ted Alexandro (December 14–16) commands audiences' rapt attention with his dry, measured delivery. Praised by Time Out New York for his "intelligent perspective," Alexandro delivers masterfully self-deprecating stories with a slow-moving relish, ratcheting up laughter to cheek-hurting levels of glee.