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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…

What happens when three legendary "Saturday Night Live" alums descend on Niagara Falls? Funny tweets, of course. Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade – along with comedian Nick Swardson – stopped in Niagara Falls, Ont., Saturday night as part of their "Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny" tour. They performed at the Niagara Fallsview Casino and didn't w…

After his two-plus decades on late-night television, you can see Jay Leno even when he’s only on the phone: big hair (apparently it’s messy today, too), pronounced jaw, clipped voice. He’s calling in from Los Angeles, where he just finished a voiceover session for the Disney animated show “Mickey and the Roadsters.” “I like voiceovers,” said Leno, a noted …

After years of earning runner-up status, 38-year-old comedian Jameel Key took the crown of “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” during the finals of the fifth annual contest at Helium Comedy Club Wednesday night. Key, who works as an auto parts salesman, has performed stand-up comedy regularly for several years. With his victory, Key wins $1,200 and an opportunity to perfo…

The comedy scene is also heating up in late June, as a number of shows are booked throughout the area. Here are your best bets during the week of June 22-28. Kevin Hart has become a comedy superstar and has used his fame to turn the spotlight on the up-and-coming Plastic Cup Boyz. The group, comprised of Jonathan Martin, Spank Horton and Na’im Lynn, have toured as the…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's website crashed on Friday morning as hundreds of patrons attempted to buy tickets to October's appearance by comedian and actor Bill Murray. "We just had such an overwhelming response to the show," said BPO spokesperson Kate Jenkins. "There's been so much excitement about it ever since it was announced that the volume of traffic just…

Live and learn. Here's a story from my life about Richard Pryor at Los Angeles' Comedy Store that I didn't really understand until watching five episodes of "I'm Dying Up Here," which begins its run Sunday on Showtime. After his 1978 heart attack, Pryor was reported all over the Los Angeles Press and trade papers to be coming back to the Comedy Store to try out new "…

Given the current political climate, it only seems right for Bill Maher to get back on the road. The comedian's latest batch of speaking engagements will include a welcome return to Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. The boundary-pushing Maher has been hosting his hot-button talk show "Real Time" on HBO for the last 14 years. His combina…

There will be laughs throughout the area during the first week of June. Here are your best bets: Two outrageous and hilarious national comedians headline a doublebill at the Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night at 8 p.m. June 1 in the Bear's Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. Boston native Nick DiPaolo has honed his biting, sarcastic point of view with appearances on “The …

Ready to get your laugh on? There are several comedy options for you this weekend. • Former “Def Comedy Jam” and “Queens of Comedy” star Adele Givens headlines a weekend of shows at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi). A Chicago native, Givens quickly won a comedy contest in the Windy City and went on to be featured in HBO’s long-running “Def Comedy Jam”…