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Funny man Colin Quinn has earned so much respect slinging jokes that it’s no surprise the comedy community came out to praise him in early 2018. The former “Saturday Night Live” anchor and “Tough Crowd” host suffered a heart attack in February that led to the outpouring of love, causing Quinn to note on Twitter he started a list of friends who didn’t “check in” yet. …

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This year is shaping up to be a good one for comedian Brian Posehn. After a 2017 that saw the release of his special, “25x2,” his “Dungeons and Dragons” inspired podcast “Nerd Poker” is still going strong, he’s putting the finishing touches on his first book “Forever Nerdy,” and he’s even eyeing a new special. Posehn returns to Buffalo for four shows over two nights …

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Decades of comedy performance on stage, screen and TV have turned Steve Martin and Martin Short into entertainment legends. If you’re looking to refresh yourself or relive some of their greatest moments before the April 12 show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, here are some essential media on the two comics. Steve Martin “The Jerk” (1979): After becoming a superstar…

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Known for his work on “The State” and “Wet Hot American Summer,” Michael Ian Black has brought his comedy talents to movies, TV, books, podcasts and the stand-up stage. His eighth children’s book, “I Am Sad,” is set for release in June. Black returns to Buffalo for five shows, March 29 to 31, in Helium Comedy Club. Question: When you did a previous show in Buffalo, you …

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For those going to see “Weird Al" Yankovic’s show at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on March 13, you’re officially warned that the performance will be a “Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity” concert. That’s not commentary; it’s just the name of the show. Instead of leading audiences through a parade of his career musical satire hits from “Ea…

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The final week of February promises some great laughs to break up the winter blues in the Buffalo area. Here are some recommendations: Jen Kirkman returns to headline four shows at Helium Comedy Club. She’s produced and performed two Netflix specials, “Just Keep Livin’?” and “I’m Gonna Die Alone (and I Feel Fine),” as well as authored two best-selling books, “I Can Bare…

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New York City comic Mark Normand is quickly making a name for himself with a half-hour special on Comedy Central, spots on late-night shows like “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Conan,” and his “Tuesdays with Stories” podcast with Joe List. Normand returns to Buffalo for four nights at Helium Comedy Club. He talked about performing on Valentine’s Day and bringing …

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Canadian comedian Ron James is an enduring entertainer in his home country, but that doesn’t mean he’s not above touring the United States with a show booked on Jan. 26 at the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. It also doesn’t hurt to visit the warmer states this time of year for a break from the cold Canadian winter. “I’m pretty good at freeloading when you ha…

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In a time where the news from Washington seems to dominate the conversation, comedian Josh Wolf promises to offer audiences a few hours of politics-free fun when he returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club from Jan. 11 to 13. That doesn’t mean he isn’t nervous though. “I heard it was really cold,” Wolf said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angele…

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As Buffalo bears down to endure another cold, snowy winter, it’s easy to fall into dour and grouchy behavior. Comedian, entertainer and Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique is headed to Kleinhans Music Hall on Jan. 6 to open 2018 with a show that looks to lift hearts and temperatures … in the room, at least. “I’m going to tell you something, this show is going to be s…

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As 2017 comes to a close, several local comedy venues are primed to help you laugh your way into the New Year. Babeville’s long-running comedy showcase series “Laugh and Other Drugs” returns for a special “It’s a Wonderful Laugh” holiday edition at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. Hosted by Kevin Thomas Jr., the December edition features a mix of local and native Buffalo talent, home fo…

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One of the biggest comedy nights of the year is often New Year’s Eve, and this year, Helium Comedy Club is bringing in Brad Williams for seven shows from Dec. 28-31. The West Coast comic released the specials “Fun Size” in 2015 and “Daddy Issues” in 2016. He’ll be preparing to record a new special in 2018, along with continuing to host his popular podcast, “About Last Nigh…

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As 2017 comes to a close, there are several great comedy options to enjoy in the area this week. A pair of local radio personalities will team up for a night of stand-up at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Club owner and 97 Rock morning show co-host Rob Lederman, a veteran of the local comedy scene who has jokes for every scenario and audience will headline the show. Joining him…

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For years, Josh Potter has been honing his stand-up comedy chops in bars, rooms and clubs around the area. Now with a more than a few jokes in his heart, Potter took his talents to Los Angeles this year to take the next step in his comedy journey. The former 103.3 The Edge radio personality returns to Buffalo for the holidays and a number of stand-up shows over the next tw…

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In another era, Nick Offerman would have been a Renaissance man. He's an actor, writer, musician, carpenter and now a comedian, who brings his stand-up tour “Full Bush” to Shea’s Performing Arts Center Nov. 10. As native of Illinois, Offerman has a healthy appreciation for Rust Belt cities and cold weather. He’s come to Buffalo before while touring and working as a “roa…