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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…

Comedian Josh Wolf returns to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club for five shows from Feb. 16 to 18. The Boston native started stand-up comedy as a teenager before moving to Seattle and finally Los Angeles. He quickly developed a talent as a comedy writer, working on the staff of the show “Yes, Dear.” After appearing on the 2006 season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,…

It sounds like we can all use a laugh these days. Maybe it would be healthy to have the occasional laugh that is not about the president or the people who oppose him. Thankfully, comedian Jim Gaffigan is here to save the day. Title: “Cinco” Year: 2017 Where It Can Be Seen: Netflix Who’s In It: Jim Gaffigan Length: 1 hour 13 minutes Brief plot des…

You probably already have roses and chocolate for your valentine, but what can you do for a night out? Helium Comedy Club is combining love and laughter with a special Valentine’s Day show featuring comedian Tammy Pescatelli. A national audience discovered Pescatelli during her run on the NBC reality show, “Last Comic Standing.” The “American Idol”-type show f…

Tig Notaro has made a life of comedy, but it took tragedy to catapult her career to another level of success. Over the course of her career, Notaro earned new fans and acclaim with her approach to comedy. A few years ago, several personal tragedies – a breakdown of romantic relationship, the death of her mother and the diagnosis of breast cancer – led to Notaro deal…

Tickets are going fast for Mike Birbiglia, the popular storytelling comedian who returns to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy for a limited engagement Feb. 3 and 4. As a comedian, Birbiglia is known for telling deeply personal and often embarrassing stories on stage.  Whenever he gets to a point in the story that reflects negatively on him, Birbiglia will often briefly pause a…

It’s probably just a coincidence, but comedian Jeff Jefferies is set to visit Buffalo in February as part of his “Unusual Punishment” tour. The Australian funny man first came to prominence after he was attacked onstage while performing. That story made it into his DVD special, “Contraband,” and he later gained even greater fame after an HBO comedy special. Hi…