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The easy way to say this is he lives in a bubble: Bill Maher is a famous comedian and political commentator. He’s based in the Hollywood-opolis of glitz and smog – we call it Los Angeles – where he hosts a live television show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” every Friday night on HBO. Then you could say he gets out of the bubble: Every few weekends, Maher does s…

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In another era, Nick Offerman would have been a Renaissance man. He's an actor, writer, musician, carpenter and now a comedian, who brings his stand-up tour “Full Bush” to Shea’s Performing Arts Center Nov. 10. As native of Illinois, Offerman has a healthy appreciation for Rust Belt cities and cold weather. He’s come to Buffalo before while touring and working a…

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There’s a strong lineup of comedy rolling through Buffalo as we enter mid-November. Here are three recommendations. Cincinnati, Ohio, native Tom Segura continues to prove himself on the stand-up stage as his “No Teeth, No Entry” tour stops at University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Segura has two Netflix specials, “Completely Normal” and…

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A “RocketMan” of a different sort is coming to Buffalo, as comedian Harland Williams is set to headline a weekend of shows from Nov. 2 to 5 at Helium Comedy Club. A Toronto native, Williams started getting attention in the 1990s with a number of movie roles, including  the 1997 film “RocketMan” and a hilarious scene-stealing scene in the 1998 classic, “There…

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NEW YORK CITY — Alan Zweibel and his friend Billy Crystal were deep in conversation a few years ago. This is not a surprise. The two have been close since the mid-1970s, shortly after Zweibel graduated from the University at Buffalo, returned home to Long Island, and started performing stand-up at open mics in Manhattan. A not-yet-famous Crystal, who lived just 20 min…

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While Sinbad may not be as ubiquitous as he was in the ’90s, he remains a hard-working touring headlining comedian. The Michigan native returns to Buffalo for a weekend of shows at Helium Comedy Club. Sinbad first gained attention as a finalist on the television talent show “Star Search.” He was then cast with a breakout role on the popular NBC sitcom “A Differe…

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As the host of the MTV and Snapchap show “Girl Code,” Carly Aquilino is one of comedy’s fastest rising stars, jumping from first-timer to headliner in five years. She returns to Helium Comedy Club for three nights of stand-up comedy Oct. 19-21. During a recent phone interview, Aquilino talked about her inspirations, transitioning “Girl Code” from cable TV to soci…

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If you’ve ever seen JB Smoove on a comedy show or while he’s appearing in many TV shows and movies like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” his fast-talking, high-energy style may seem like walking a tightrope. And that's no accident, Smoove explained as he talked about his return to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club on Oct. 13 and 14. Last time Smoove was in Buffalo on a stan…

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If brevity is the soul of wit, then Demetri Martin is as soulful as they come. The Los Angeles comedian is known for his absurdist humor and turns of phrase that have made him a comedy star. Martin brings his  “Let’s Get Awkward” tour to the area at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. A former correspondent for “The Daily Show,…

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There are plenty of laughs to be found locally during the first full week of October. Here are our best bets: For decades, comedian and entertainer John Witherspoon has been a familiar face on stage, television and films. He’s well known for his role as Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” film comedy series, and has also appeared in the films “Boomerang” and …

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In addition to his knowledge about cars, “Top Gear” host Adam Ferrara knows how to make people laugh. Ferrara will headline a weekend full of shows at Helium Comedy Club Sept. 28-30. Ferrara has excelled as a comedian, recording three Comedy Central specials, drawing accolades from Entertainment Weekly and earning industry nominations from his peers. He also has a r…

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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…

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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 …

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Jeff Dunham, a ventriloquist whose concert specials and live performances have made him one of the most well-known comedians in the world, is bringing his cast of characters to KeyBank Center next year. Dunham just released his latest standup special, "Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster," on Netflix. The special features Dunham along with his posse of characters including W…

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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…