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Ready to get your laugh on? There are several comedy options for you this weekend. • Former “Def Comedy Jam” and “Queens of Comedy” star Adele Givens headlines a weekend of shows at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi). A Chicago native, Givens quickly won a comedy contest in the Windy City and went on to be featured in HBO’s long-running “Def Comedy Jam”…

If you’re a fan of franchise movies and genre shows, you probably have one, two or all of these dates circled on the calendar. Here are all the sci-fi, fantasy and comics-based films and television shows set to debut this summer. At the movies “Alien: Covenant,” May 19. Director Ridley Scott helms another film in the science-fiction franchise he helped create i…

It wasn’t too long ago that "Star Trek" fans were mocked, "Star Wars" was irrelevant, and comic book readers had to hide their hobby past the age of 12. A lot has changed over the past 15 years. Geek culture is now popular culture. There are at least five major fan conventions in the area through September with notable celebrities. Among the highlights: William Sha…

As superheroes and sci-fi heroes continue to dominate movie screens during the summer, many local fan events are filling up the calendar featuring celebrity guests, costumes and even baseball. “Flash Gordon,” 7 p.m. May 18 at the North Park Theatre. The 1980 sci-fi pulp film with the classic Queen soundtrack returns with a special screening at the North Park Theatre…

Kyle Kinane hasn’t just been on Comedy Central with half-hour specials and appearances on shows like “@midnight” and “Drunk History.” He is the voice of Comedy Central, as you can hear him during channel promos and commercials. He returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club from May 18-20. The comedian is a popular guest on several podcasts with la…

The start of summer at Helium Comedy Club means a boost in local laughs, as the downtown venue has announced the return of its “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” contest. Contest applications are now being accepted for the competition set to begin May 30. For professional or amateur comedians, winning the contest can boost a person's career. In addition to taking home a …

For comic book readers, one of the most anticipated times of the year is the first weekend of May. Not only does a big budget superhero film usually come out that weekend, that Saturday is also the annual Free Comic Book Day, falling on May 6 this year. Many local retailers will have special guests and additional sales on Free Comic Book Day, which began in 2002 with th…

Comedian Rob Lederman will bring a couple of his funny friends together for an important cause, as he headlines a benefit for the Pink Pillow Project on April 29 at the Hamburg Palace Theatre. The Pink Pillow Project is a Buffalo-based non-profit organization that helps women battling breast cancer. Following a mastectomy, many women feel uncomfortable adjusting to norm…

Comedian Drew Lynch may have not always wanted a career telling jokes, but the “American’s Got Talent” standout recovered from a life-changing injury and embraced his new passion as he comes to Helium Comedy Club for five shows from April 20 to 22. A native of Indianapolis, Lynch originally moved to Los Angeles when he was 19 to become an actor. Life had other pla…

Gary Owen isn’t just any white male comedian. He’s “Black America’s Favorite White Comedian,” according to Ebony magazine. His film and television credits reflect that title, appearing in the “Think Like a Man” films, “Ride Along” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, and Tyler Perry’s TBS show “House of Payne.” A native of Cincinnati and Navy veteran, O…

Comedy and sitcom star Thea Vidale is returning to Buffalo for the “Laugh Out Loud Comedy Series” at 9 p.m. April 8 at the Groove Lounge (1210 Broadway). The comedienne first started performing comedy in Houston, Texas, in 1986. As she progressed, she began working clubs in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and toured the rest of the country with her …

Not only is the Ultimate Fighting Championship making its long anticipated return to Buffalo with a major card at KeyBank Center on April 8, but fight-night commentator, podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan will tickle funny bones with two shows at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on April 7. Mixed-martial arts and comedy have always been a part of Rogan’s life. He began …

When Brian Herberger was growing up in North Buffalo, he loved watching comedy. But Herberger thought the closest he could come to it in Western New York was getting a job as a bartender to watch local stand-up shows. Now Herberger will tell jokes in front of thousands of people when he opens for Sebastian Maniscalco on March 25 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. He’…

While many people are buying tickets to see Buffalo native Brian Herberger open at Shea's Performing Arts Center, headliner Sebastian Maniscalco is enough to move sales on his own. Billing himself as “half-Sicilian, half Italian,”  Maniscalco is ready to bring the laughs to the sold-out Shea’s comedy show March 25. The Chicago-born comedian moved to Los Angeles …

As a new Republican American Health Care Act generates debate across the country, a group of Buffalo comedians are performing a fundraiser to support universal health care in New York State. “Stand Up for New York Health,” taking place at 8 p.m. March 23 at Mr. Goodbar, features such comedians as Clayton Williams, Nicky Spin, Kevin Thomas Jr., Bruce Wilson and Eric …