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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…

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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 …

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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…

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By Tim O’SheiNews ContributorBefore 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 ra…

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You’ve got rappers, NBA stars and Rachel Feinstein. And while you may think they don’t go together, they do. It’s all part of Feinstein’s funny path: She started as a D-minus student, which led to her moving at 17 to New York City to pursue a stand-up career.That career began to take off thanks to “Last Comic Standing” (she was a S…

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You’ve got rappers, NBA stars and Rachel Feinstein. And while you may think they don’t go together, they do. It’s all part of Feinstein’s funny path: She started as a D-minus student, which led to her moving at 17 to New York City to pursue a stand-up career.That career began to take off thanks to “Last Comic Standing” (she was a Season 7 finalist), but it’s …

NEW YORK – At Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday night there was a sense of nervous anticipation about Dave Chappelle’s return to the stage after nearly a decade in self-imposed exile. “I just hope he finishes the show,” said Jason Santos, 32, from the Bronx. “I just hope he doesn’t freak out.”Adding to the momentousness of …

NEW YORK – At Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday night there was a sense of nervous anticipation about Dave Chappelle’s return to the stage after nearly a decade in self-imposed exile. “I just hope he finishes the show,” said Jason Santos, 32, from the Bronx. “I just hope he doesn’t freak out.”Adding to the momentousness of the occasion were T-shirts handed o…

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I want to tell you about Gilbert Gottfried’s stand-up act. I really do.But if I did – if I really, truly filled you in on the nitty-gritty-dirty details of what Gottfried has to say in his show at Helium Comedy Club, which runs through tonight – I’d get fired from this gig.Heck, Gottfried once got fired for saying too much. And the gig was an annoyingly good one. (…

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I want to tell you about Gilbert Gottfried’s stand-up act. I really do.But if I did – if I really, truly filled you in on the nitty-gritty-dirty details of what Gottfried has to say in his show at Helium Comedy Club, which runs through tonight – I’d get fired from this gig.Heck, Gottfried once got fired for saying too much. And the gig was an an…

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If the sound of finely manicured fingernails scratching against the proverbial chalkboard could be formed into words and sentences, it would sound like Gilbert Gottfried. So, let’s dispense with the first thing everyone wants to know:No, that’s not his real voice. When the 59-year-old comic is talking off the air – as was the case during our conversation earlier this…

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If the sound of finely manicured fingernails scratching against the proverbial chalkboard could be formed into words and sentences, it would sound like Gilbert Gottfried. So, let’s dispense with the first thing everyone wants to know:No, that’s not his real voice. When the 59-year-old comic is talking off the air – as was the case during our conversati…

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Just over a decade ago, Anjelah Johnson wrapped up her one-season career as an Oakland Raiders cheerleader and packed her bags for Hollywood.Eleven years, 91,000 Twitter followers, tens of millions of YouTube views and two hourlong comedy specials later, she's a recognizable on-screen personality and an established stand-up comic. She's touring steadily, including a three-…

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Just over a decade ago, Anjelah Johnson wrapped up her one-season career as an Oakland Raiders cheerleader and packed her bags for Hollywood.Eleven years, 91,000 Twitter followers, tens of millions of YouTube views and two hourlong comedy specials later, she's a recognizable on-screen personality and an established stand-up comic. She's touring steadily, including a three-…

It’s time to make jokes about Tom Cruise.Well that’s easy.Except the jokes also have to be related to lockjaw. And a third element that, well, I can’t share in this space, lest The Buffalo News become less than a family oriented media organization.What’s up with this “Tom Cruise + lockjaw + (insert censored item here) = joke” equation?It’s an example of what…