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Who needs John Rosemond? Step aside, oh venerable parenting author. We’ve got George Lopez and Raising Kids 101. “Your kids couldn’t last a day in your childhood,” Lopez said to his sold-out audience Saturday night in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The crowd laughed and cheered their approval as the 53-year-old comedian, actor and talk-show host launched into…

George Lopez has hosted a late-night talk show (“Lopez Tonight” on TBS). He’s been a TV star, with an eponymous sitcom that ran for six seasons on ABC and a show called “Saint George” that had a 10-episode run on FX. He’s written books, appeared in movies, done voice-over work and is a regular on the TV and radio airwaves. But for Lopez, 53, the best medium is…

The 23rd annual Three Stooges Film Festival, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda), will include a live comedy twist. The jovial crowd assembled to enjoy seven hand-picked Stooges shorts will start their evening with a 15-minute live stand-up routine by Buffalo comedian Poncho Parrish, who has performed all over the Un…

Matt Bergman has a busy stand-up schedule, he’s getting married in the spring, and his new album is “A Little Bit Balder Now.” Life good and laughs are aplenty for the 31-year-old North Tonawanda native, who’s now based out of Springfield, Mass., but regularly includes Buffalo on his tour schedule. A Hilbert College grad who’s been performing comedy for the bet…

Don’t blink, cough or stop to think when you’re watching Tom Cotter. Even the briefest diversion will make you miss the joke. That’s because Cotter, 51, practices a style of stand-up called “misdirection.” He sets up the joke, delivers the punchline, and then tags it with puns, innuendo and double entendres. And his delivery is rapid-fire, which gave Cotter a gr…

Caroline Rhea has been acting and performing stand-up since 1989, when she left her native Montreal for New York. She launched a career that’s included a steady stream of movie and TV work (you may recall her role as Aunt Hilda on “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) and comedy gigs. Rhea, 50, is bringing her stand-up to Jamestown on Thursday when she headlines the Lucille…

It all starts with Lucille Ball – and next week, she will be remembered – and laughed about – in grand fashion. Once a year, coinciding with the comedienne’s Aug. 6 birthday, legions of Lucy lovers from around the country and overseas converge on Jamestown for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The five-day event, which starts Wednesday and continues through Aug. 1…

Bust the competition. Win. Be the best. That’s standard success-guide fare you would expect from a decorated athlete or prized performer. But you won’t hear it from Mick Foley. Not in general, and not when he comes to Buffalo on Sunday to perform his one-man “Hardcore Legend” show in Helium Comedy Club. Despite his status as a wrestling legend turned best-sellin…

Bust the competition. Win. Be the best.That’s standard success-guide fare you would expect from a decorated athlete or prized performer.But you won’t hear it from Mick Foley. Not in general, and not when he comes to Buffalo on Sunday to perform his one-man “Hardcore Legend” show in Helium Comedy Club.Despite his status as a wrestling legend turned best-selling auth…

This week’s free entertainment as part of the 45th Annual M&T Bank Plaza Event Series starts with “In Jest,” a comedy variety show with Nels Ross, on July 28. The shows run from noon to 1 p.m. at One M&T Plaza, Main at Division Street in downtown Buffalo. Also this week, the series will feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on July 29; “Back to the B…

This week’s free entertainment as part of the 45th Annual M&T Bank Plaza Event Series starts with “In Jest,” a comedy variety show with Nels Ross, on July 28.The shows run from noon to 1 p.m. at One M&T Plaza, Main at Division Street.Also this week, the series will feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on July 29; “Back to the Bars” on July 30; members of Le…

Sarah Colonna plays Buffalo for the first time this week, but the comic isn’t without a Western New York influence. The 39-year-old grew up watching “I Love Lucy” re-runs, absorbing Jamestown native Lucille Ball’s example as perhaps the first fearless female in comedy. That helped Colonna shape a career that’s landed her a regular roundtable spot on E!’s “Ch…

By TIM O’SHEI | @timosheiNews ContributorSarah Colonna plays Buffalo for the first time this week, but the comic isn’t without a Western New York influence.The 39-year-old grew up watching “I Love Lucy” re-runs, absorbing Jamestown native Lucille Ball’s example as perhaps the first fearless female in comedy. That helped Colonna shape a career that’s landed her …

Before he was known as “Earthquake,” Nathaniel Stroman spent nine years as an airman and used to hit up open mic night at a local bar. When he left the Air Force, he made comedy his next career. During the two-plus decades that followed, he’s built a resume that includes a healthy list of movies, TV shows, comedy specials and a daily radio show. Today through Sunday…