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Jan. 20, 1924 -- Aug. 5, 2017 Until she reached her late 80s, Josephine Pera was best known for the white frosted cookies she baked to the delight of generations of her family. That all changed when the Eggertsville great-grandmother was recruited by her grandson, stand-up comedian Joseph Pera, to make cameo appearances in some of his comedy videos. Josephine Pera pl…

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…

JAMESTOWN — Kelly Carlin’s father, the late comedy icon George Carlin, taught her a lesson. She, in turn, has been teaching it – and exploring it, and pushing it – this week. “My dad taught me that the comedian’s job is to find the line,” Carlin said, “and cross it.” Carlin shared that morsel – one of 10,000 or so that her dad left behind – one …

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 …

Lucille Ball had a dream. She envisioned a festival of contemporary comedy being held in her name. But the madcap heroine of "I Love Lucy" might not have imagined the scope of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, held annually since 1996 in Jamestown, where she was born on Aug. 6, 1911. The festival centers on the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, home to tons of …

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…

Considering Michelle Wolf has less than a decade in the game, she’s one of comedy’s brightest – and fastest – growing stars. After Wolf endured working on Wall Street at the height of the market crash in 2008, she took that anxiety into an improv class and never looked back. She was quickly hired as a performer and writing supervisor for “Late Night with Seth Mye…

As a kid growing up in Oswego, Owen Benjamin loved watching comedians such as Adam Sandler. Now a comic himself, Benjamin tours the country as a headliner with appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night” and “Inside Amy Schumer.” He performs on July 6 at the Seneca Niagara Casino for a “Barrel of Laughs” with Mike Lawrence. During a recent phone conv…

As June comes to a close, it’s another busy comedy week for Buffalo. Here are our top picks: Paula Poundstone, 7 p.m. June 30 at Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Many people remember Poundstone from the comedy boom of the 1980s. She’s still hitting stand-up stages, has released a  new book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happ…