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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 …

After telling thousands of jokes over the years, Brian Regan has become one of the most respected comedians in the field. Regan just wrapped up a role in the new Peter Farrelly television series “Loudermilk,” set to debut on the Audience Network in the fall. He returns to the area for a show March 18 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Question: What was it like making yo…

Latino comedian Carlos Mencia is set to visit Buffalo this weekend with five shows from March 9 to 11 at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). The veteran comic began rising through the ranks of the industry in the 1990s with appearances on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and cable stand-up showcases. Mencia’s 2002 special, “Take a Joke America,” earned him a new l…

"Friday Night Laughs," the regular comedy series held at the Tralf Music Hall in downtown Buffalo, returns with stand-up acts Capone, Talent Harris, Rob Stapleton, Mark Viera and Drew Fraser for two shows on March 10. Dubbed “the New York Kings Comedy Tour,” the comedians will perform two shows on one night. Capone served as the host of the long-running television s…

Comedy impressionist Pablo Francisco will bring a variety of voices with him when he performs at Helium Comedy Club from March 2 to 4. The former “Mad TV” cast member is currently working on a new hour-long special to be recorded later this year, but he promises fans will hear some old favorites during his five shows in Buffalo. I caught up with Francisco during a rece…

Comedian Big Jay Oakerson has been earning rave reviews and getting noticed by his peers more and more. The co-host of Sirius XM’s “The Bonfire” with Dan Soder and the podcast “Legion of Skanks,” Oakerson had a hilarious weekend of shows the last time he was in Buffalo. He returns to Helium Comedy Club for five shows Feb. 23-25. Question: Are you looking forwa…

Buffalo-born comedian Joe Pera had a killer 2016, thanks to his appearances on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and his two Adult Swim specials, “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep” and “Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree.” Now he returns to Buffalo for his first headlining gig at Feb. 17 at the 9th Ward @ Babeville. Dan Licata, Clayton Williams, Carson B…

Buffalo comedy veteran Rob Lederman has headlined many fundraising nights in his career. His latest event is “Laughs for Literacy,” a sold-out benefit to support Buffalo public libraries at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at his club, Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. In a recent phone interview, Lederman talked about doing benefits and his perspective as a long-time comedy club owner in…

He warmed up for David Letterman, and now comedian Kevin McCaffrey hopes to do the same for a Buffalo winter audience when he appears for two shows at Rob's Comedy Playhouse (1340 North Forest, Williamsville). McCaffrey made his television debut on Letterman’s “Late Show” in 2013, and was quickly hired as the program’s warm up act for audiences to get them in th…