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Animal abuse is no laughing matter, but the Stand Up for Pits organization is hoping to use those laughs for good with a comedy fundraiser show for Fix-A-Bull WNY at Helium Comedy Club Sept. 24. The SUFP Foundation was formed to end abuse, discrimination and save the lives of pitbull-type dogs. Because of their appearance and stigma, pitbull-type dogs can be often discr…

The laughs are booming in Buffalo with several comedy options this week in late September. Comedian and entertainer Tommy Davidson first caught people’s attention as a sketch comedy star on the Fox series, “In Living Color.” Since then, he’s gone on to multiple comedy specials on Showtime and several film roles in “Strictly Business,” “Bamboozled” and …

One Buffalo native had a dream of getting the band Fastball to play a concert in his living room. For Chet Wild, the dream comes true tonight, Sept. 18. Wild, a comedian who now lives in Los Angeles, began tweeting the band with the request on Oct. 22, 2016, using the hashtag #fastballatchets. “I’m going to tweet them at least once a day with a reason they should…

In addition to Robert Kelly’s weekend-long stop at Helium Comedy Club, there are lots of other opportunities to get your laugh on during the weekend of Sept. 15-17. New York City comic Miguel Dalmau will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Dalmau was one of the featured comedians on AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live” program and his al…

It doesn’t take long to ease into a friendly conversation with comedian Robert Kelly. The Boston native’s frank, candid onstage style was reflected in a recent phone interview before his four Buffalo shows at Helium Comedy Club on Sept. 15 and 16. Talking to Kelly can be like bonding with a new friend at the bar. There are lots of laughs and riffing as the conversat…

It’s another loaded comedy weekend in Buffalo as several venues are helping you laugh your way into fall. Here are our picks: Buffalo native Matt Bergman started doing area open mics over a decade ago. Now he’s working as a headliner in many clubs around the country, already released his first album “A Little Bit Balder Now” and was featured on AXS TV’s “Liv…

Comedian Daniel Whitney’s career hit superstardom when he took on the persona of Larry the Cable Guy, a blue-collar Southern man with the catchphrase “Git-R-Done!” Now with best-selling books and albums, a prominent role in the Disney-Pixar “Cars” franchise and a Sirius XM show on Blue Collar Radio, Larry the Cable Guy is teaming with his former touring partner J…

With his iconic voice and provocative jokes, Gilbert Gottfried has become a legendary performer in comedy. Now his life and career are the subject of a new documentary, “Gilbert,” that is working its way through the film festival circuit now. He’s also the host of his own show, “The Amazing Colossal Podcast,” where he interviews Hollywood veterans. Gottfried t…

A trio of touring headlining comedians travel through Buffalo during the first weekend of August. Here are your best bets for laughs: San Francisco native David Gborie comes to Buffalo for an 8 p.m. show Aug. 3 at Helium Comedy Club. Gborie has been featured on “Conan” on TBS, “Those Who Can’t” on truTV and “Flophouse” on Viceland. He’s also appeared at …

Some of the funniest people in the world will converge on Jamestown and the Southern Tier this week, as the National Comedy Center presents its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival July 31 to Aug. 6. In addition to dozens of comedy and standup shows throughout the week, the Festival is hosting a number of discussions, exhibits and celebrations with comics. Here’s a run…

Many world-renown comedians will be in Western New York during the last week of July, but there are three area shows featuring local comedians that also would be worth your time. Edge Comedy Night has been local institution of laughs for years, but the July 26 show at Helium Comedy Club marks a turning point. Edge personalities James Kurdziel and Josh Potter have been f…

Many people remember comedian Tom Green from his outrageous prank sketch show that aired on MTV from 1999-2000, his cancer battle that was documented on television, or movies like “Road Trip” and “Freddy Got Fingered.” But before he was a television and movie star, Green was a stand-up comic from Ottawa. He returned to the stand-up stage about a decade ago and n…

Buffalo audiences are likely to get the best of comedian George Lopez when he performs two sold-out shows at Helium Comedy Club July 20. Lopez will work out new material for a future HBO special at Helium. The best time to catch a comedian is just before he or she records a new special, as the jokes the comic has written and honed are nearly complete. As of late, Lop…

There can be laughs aplenty found in Buffalo with a number of comedy shows booked in mid-July. Here are some highlights: Rochester comedian Dan Viola has opened for Jon Stewart and Steven Wright, but he comes to town as a headliner. Viola draws on his experience as a father of seven children to connect with any audience with his family-friendly comedy. He also has worke…

If the first few weeks of July are any indication, there is a comedy show designed to appeal to everyone. Fans of traditional standup comedy should check out Sommore, who performs at 8 p.m. July 8 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Sommore has taken her comedy with sets on “ComicView,” “Def Comedy Jam” and the “Queens of Comedy” tour to the s…