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Kyle Kinane hasn’t just been on Comedy Central with half-hour specials and appearances on shows like “@midnight” and “Drunk History.” He is the voice of Comedy Central, as you can hear him during channel promos and commercials. He returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club from May 18-20. The comedian is a popular guest on several podcasts with la…

The start of summer at Helium Comedy Club means a boost in local laughs, as the downtown venue has announced the return of its “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” contest. Contest applications are now being accepted for the competition set to begin May 30. For professional or amateur comedians, winning the contest can boost a person's career. In addition to taking home a …

Cherry Blossom Festival Kick Off. Noon Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court. 873-9644. buffalohistory.org. Free. Come kick off this beautiful time of year with the Cherry Blossom festival, and enjoy stylish fashion and wonderful gardens at the history museum. http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/27/plastered-pink-petals-buffalo-cherry-blossom-festival-opens-weekend/ …

T Pain. 6 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $10-$30. If there's a big name in rap, chances are T Pain has appeared on their record at some point. Now, the hitmaker behind "Bartender" and "Buy You A Drank" comes to Buffalo. Prepare for a blast of nostalgia. Dwayne Gretzky. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-3900. townba…

"Risky Business." 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. 692-2413. rivieratheatre.org. $3-$10. The Tom Cruise classic is back on the big screen. Seth Godin: Made in Buffalo. 7 p.m. Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. 882-8700. albrightknox.org. $70. Entrepreneur, author and marketer Seth Godin kicks off the Made in Buffalo speaker series where…

'80s Themed Skating Party. 5 p.m. Rainbow Roller Rink, 101 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. 693-1100. rainbowrink.com. $5. The Oliver Street Merchant's Association holds monthly cash mobs to bring recognition to locally owned businesses in Tonawanda. This month, strap on your skates and wear your best '80s fashion to this party celebrating all things '80s. It's free for no…

Comedian Rob Lederman will bring a couple of his funny friends together for an important cause, as he headlines a benefit for the Pink Pillow Project on April 29 at the Hamburg Palace Theatre. The Pink Pillow Project is a Buffalo-based non-profit organization that helps women battling breast cancer. Following a mastectomy, many women feel uncomfortable adjusting to norm…

Comedian Drew Lynch may have not always wanted a career telling jokes, but the “American’s Got Talent” standout recovered from a life-changing injury and embraced his new passion as he comes to Helium Comedy Club for five shows from April 20 to 22. A native of Indianapolis, Lynch originally moved to Los Angeles when he was 19 to become an actor. Life had other pla…

Gary Owen isn’t just any white male comedian. He’s “Black America’s Favorite White Comedian,” according to Ebony magazine. His film and television credits reflect that title, appearing in the “Think Like a Man” films, “Ride Along” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, and Tyler Perry’s TBS show “House of Payne.” A native of Cincinnati and Navy veteran, O…

Hours after Don Rickles’ April 6 death, Rob Lederman was driving to the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. This was the last place he saw Rickles. His dog-eared copy of the now-late comedian’s memoir sat on the passenger’s seat. He likened it to a pastor on Sunday. “A pastor has his Bible on the way to church,” Lederman said. “I’ve got my Rickles book…

On his previous Melody Fair visit in the early 1970s, I had interviewed Don Rickles. He'd given me an hour of his precious time in his trailer, just before he went on. I asked some questions he wasn't used to. For some reason, they made the greatest of all insult comics — an unstoppable tank of a man if ever there was one — nervous. That was Rickles in his prime. …

Buffalo Pub Run, 6 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. fleetfeetbuffalo.com/training/pub-runs. Free. Join Fleet Feet for its inaugural Pub Run, which is either a two-mile or four-mile fun run around the Cobblestone District and beyond, then hang out at Iron Works following the jaunt. Martin Barre. 7 p.m. Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St. 874-7734. sport…

Comedy and sitcom star Thea Vidale is returning to Buffalo for the “Laugh Out Loud Comedy Series” at 9 p.m. April 8 at the Groove Lounge (1210 Broadway). The comedienne first started performing comedy in Houston, Texas, in 1986. As she progressed, she began working clubs in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and toured the rest of the country with her …

Plant Nite. 7 p.m. Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St. 381-9868. resurgencebrewing.com. Free. Express your love of plants and nature as well as fine beer - and all the tools are provided for you. "1984." 7:30 p.m. Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave. 854-1694. hallwalls.org. $5-$8. This screening of the film adaption of George Orwell's classic …

Not only is the Ultimate Fighting Championship making its long anticipated return to Buffalo with a major card at KeyBank Center on April 8, but fight-night commentator, podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan will tickle funny bones with two shows at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on April 7. Mixed-martial arts and comedy have always been a part of Rogan’s life. He began …