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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,” Martin has …

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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 “Hollywood Sh…

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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 range…

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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 “Juwanna Mann.” Da…

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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 pla…

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In addition to Robert Kelly’s weekend-long stop at Helium Comedy Club, there are lots of other opportunities to get your laugh on during the weekend of Sept. 15-17. New York City comic Miguel Dalmau will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Dalmau was one of the featured comedians on AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live” program and his album “Thank…

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It doesn’t take long to ease into a friendly conversation with comedian Robert Kelly. The Boston native’s frank, candid onstage style was reflected in a recent phone interview before his four Buffalo shows at Helium Comedy Club on Sept. 15 and 16. Talking to Kelly can be like bonding with a new friend at the bar. There are lots of laughs and riffing as the conversation …

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It’s another loaded comedy weekend in Buffalo as several venues are helping you laugh your way into fall. Here are our picks: Buffalo native Matt Bergman started doing area open mics over a decade ago. Now he’s working as a headliner in many clubs around the country, already released his first album “A Little Bit Balder Now” and was featured on AXS TV’s “Live at Gotham.…

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Jan. 20, 1924 -- Aug. 5, 2017 Until she reached her late 80s, Josephine Pera was best known for the white frosted cookies she baked to the delight of generations of her family. That all changed when the Eggertsville great-grandmother was recruited by her grandson, stand-up comedian Joseph Pera, to make cameo appearances in some of his comedy videos. Josephine Pera pl…

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Comedian Daniel Whitney’s career hit superstardom when he took on the persona of Larry the Cable Guy, a blue-collar Southern man with the catchphrase “Git-R-Done!” Now with best-selling books and albums, a prominent role in the Disney-Pixar “Cars” franchise and a Sirius XM show on Blue Collar Radio, Larry the Cable Guy is teaming with his former touring partner Jeff Foxwor…

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With his iconic voice and provocative jokes, Gilbert Gottfried has become a legendary performer in comedy. Now his life and career are the subject of a new documentary, “Gilbert,” that is working its way through the film festival circuit now. He’s also the host of his own show, “The Amazing Colossal Podcast,” where he interviews Hollywood veterans. Gottfried talked abou…

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JAMESTOWN — Kelly Carlin’s father, the late comedy icon George Carlin, taught her a lesson. She, in turn, has been teaching it – and exploring it, and pushing it – this week. “My dad taught me that the comedian’s job is to find the line,” Carlin said, “and cross it.” Carlin shared that morsel – one of 10,000 or so that her dad left behind – one afternoon this week in…

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A trio of touring headlining comedians travel through Buffalo during the first weekend of August. Here are your best bets for laughs: San Francisco native David Gborie comes to Buffalo for an 8 p.m. show Aug. 3 at Helium Comedy Club. Gborie has been featured on “Conan” on TBS, “Those Who Can’t” on truTV and “Flophouse” on Viceland. He’s also appeared at the Bridgetown C…