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After telling thousands of jokes over the years, Brian Regan has become one of the most respected comedians in the field. Regan just wrapped up a role in the new Peter Farrelly television series “Loudermilk,” set to debut on the Audience Network in the fall. He returns to the area for a show March 18 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Question: What was it like making yo…

This weekend was all about preparation. I had two theater shows in Durham and Charlotte opening for Sebastian Maniscalco. The combined capacity of both theaters still doesn't match the capacity of Shea’s Performing Arts Center, where I will be opening for him on March 25, but this was the closest to a test run that I will get before the big show in Buffalo. On top of …

Latino comedian Carlos Mencia is set to visit Buffalo this weekend with five shows from March 9 to 11 at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). The veteran comic began rising through the ranks of the industry in the 1990s with appearances on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and cable stand-up showcases. Mencia’s 2002 special, “Take a Joke America,” earned him a new l…

"Friday Night Laughs," the regular comedy series held at the Tralf Music Hall in downtown Buffalo, returns with stand-up acts Capone, Talent Harris, Rob Stapleton, Mark Viera and Drew Fraser for two shows on March 10. Dubbed “the New York Kings Comedy Tour,” the comedians will perform two shows on one night. Capone served as the host of the long-running television s…

Chubby Checker. 3 and 9 p.m. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ont. Classic hit maker and rock and roll icon performs for a second night. (888) 325-5788. fallsviewcasinoresort.com. Tickets start at $30. “A View from the Bridge.” 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. Arthur Miller’s tale of a dockworker dealing wit…

Great American Ghost & Bungler. 6:30 p.m. Studio @ Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Boston hardcore band. 853-5483 waitingroombuffalo.com. $10-$13 The Griswolds. 7 p.m.Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Australian indie rock quartet. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $15-$18 "Sophisticated Ladies." 7:30 p.m. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst. MusicalFare p…

"The Collection." 6:30 p.m. Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. Torn Space Theater production of Harold Pinter’s work. Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. 847-0839. buildingalibrary.wordpress.com. $75-$125. (fundraising performance) Big Wreck. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Boston-based alternative rock act. 852-3900. townballroom.c…

Many long for the beach. Some people work hard every day just for those one or two weeks a year they get to spend on a beach. Others use their desktop background as motivation - a picture-perfect ocean view that they hope will someday be their retirement destination. This weekend I drove to Outer Banks, N.C. for two shows. It was 78 degrees when I arrived Friday evening…

Comedy impressionist Pablo Francisco will bring a variety of voices with him when he performs at Helium Comedy Club from March 2 to 4. The former “Mad TV” cast member is currently working on a new hour-long special to be recorded later this year, but he promises fans will hear some old favorites during his five shows in Buffalo. I caught up with Francisco during a rece…

Lawyers for the Arts. 1 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Eleven Bands comprised of lawyers play in benefit for area cultural and arts groups. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $22. "Sophisticated Ladies." 3:30 p.m. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst. MusicalFare production of a stylish and brassy musical revue celebrating the legendary Duke Ellington and his mus…

Head North. 6 p.m. The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Local pop-punk band with a high-energy show and fan base. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $10-$12. The Strictly Hip. 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Tragically Hip tribute band plays the set list from Marine Midland Arena on Feb. 10, 1999. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $10-$12. "It Shoulda Been You." 7:30…

Time and Distance. 6 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Pop-punk headliners with a wide array of support acts. 312-9279. buffalosmohawkplace.com. $7-$10. Pop Evil. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Billboard charting hard-rock band. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $22-$25. Led Zeppelin: "The Song Remains the Same." 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster …

Coin. 6:30 p.m. Studio @ Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Up-and-coming indie-pop band. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $12-$15. Elliot Scozzaro. 7 p.m. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. Show featuring sax soloist focuses on Brazilian composers. 697-9069. pausaarthouse.com. $7. Hallwalls’ MidWinter Drawing Rally. 7 p.m. Asbury Hall at Babeville. 341 Delaware Ave.…

I like to try and explore a bit whenever I'm in an unfamiliar city. I still have a lot of exploring to do in my new surroundings down here. They call this area The Triangle - referring to three neighboring cities, each home to a major university. Raleigh, home of NC State University, Durham, home of Duke University, and Chapel Hill, home of University of North Carolina, ar…