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You’ve got your choice of laughs on Friday night when two comedy tours hit town: Improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” fame hit the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, while veteran stand-up comic Brian Regan brings his show to the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center, Niagara Falls. At a glance, the choices may seem distinct…

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About a decade ago, Brian Regan and his then wife were on a four-day cruise. Every night they sat with the same couples at dinner. Through all the chit-chat, Regan avoided telling his cruise mates what he did for a living. He mentioned some places he’s visited. And for Regan, who hits nearly 100 cities a year, the list is plentiful. He probably even made them chuckle. B…

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Here’s a solution for the relationship-deprived or brokenhearted: Want to find a buddy or a beau who’ll always agree with you? Someone who’ll listen to you closely, accept your every idea, and respond positively to everything you say? You could get a dog. Or you could pal around with an improvisational comedian. Because improvisers like Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, w…

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When she died last week at age 81, Joan Rivers was remembered for her pioneering stand-up comedy career, her years backing up Johnny Carson as fill-in host of "The Tonight Show," and her biting fashion commentary. There was more to Rivers than that; she also wrote a pretty nice thank you letter. News Arts Editor Jeff Simon, who wrote an appreciation of her career in Satu…

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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 a lectu…

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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 one tha…

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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…

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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 better part o…

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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 great advant…

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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 Ball …

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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. 10, inclu…

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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 author…

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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 author, stan…

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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 Bars” on …