Comedian JB Smoove had a solid career going for himself in the early 2000s, performing stand-up comedy in clubs and late-night talk shows, while appearing in small roles in various movies, and writing for “Saturday Night Live.” His breakout moment was his role as Leon Black on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where he really brought the ruckus, offering sage (though occasionally ill-advised) advice for Larry David. It introduced the high-energy and profane comic to a whole new audience.
Since then, Smoove scored a supporting role in Chris Rock’s 2014 comedy “Top Five,” became the host of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and turned his catchphrase “the Ruckus” into a media empire with an original comedy website (theruckus.com) and Comedy Central stand-up series. He also hosts MSG’s “Four Courses,” where he enjoys conversation with celebrities over dinner. It’s enough to keep Smoove occupied (and on our radar) if and when “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returns.
Smoove is set to bring the ruckus to Buffalo, as he headlines six shows in Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.) starting Thursday. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the 18-and-over performances are $25-$38 (heliumcomedy.com).
– Mark Ciemcioch