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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” equat…

This isn’t exactly your Sunday Italian dinner at grandma’s house. Unless dinner includes a heaping helping of fuhgetaboutit jokes about, say, a 45-year-old man living with his mom. (Maybe it does?) Either way, if your Italian appetite includes a wont for saucy laughs, check out the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy, performing at 7:30 p.m. on May 22 in the Riviera Theatre (6…

This isn’t exactly your Sunday Italian dinner at grandma’s house. Unless dinner includes a heaping helping of fuhgetaboutit jokes about, say, a 45-year-old man living with his mom. (Maybe it does?)Either way, if your Italian appetite includes a wont for saucy laughs, check out the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy, performing at 7:30 p.m. on May 22 in the Riveria Theatre (67 …

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Freedom of speech is no problem. Unless you’re a comedian.That’s what Dave Attell will tell you – if you’re in the mood to hear it.“Everything you say on stage is being judged, but not for funny or not,” said Attell, who is bringing his stand-up show to Helium Comedy Club from Thursday through Saturday. “Now it just seems li…

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Freedom of speech is no problem. Unless you're a comedian.That's what Dave Attell will tell you – if you're in the mood to hear it.“Everything you say on stage is being judged, but not for funny or not,” said Attell, who is bringing his stand-up show to Helium Comedy Club from Thursday through Saturday. “Now it just seems like whether it's politically correct or no…

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Getting juice in the comedy industry can be hard. But get a little help from Kevin Hart and the attention will start flowing.Na’im Lynn and Will “Spank” Horton know it. Fresh off their gig as the opening act on Hart’s 2013 “Let Me Explain” tour, the comedians known as the Plastic Cup Boyz will be playing shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. M…

Comedy

Getting juice in the comedy industry can be hard. But get a little help from Kevin Hart and the attention will start flowing.Na’im Lynn and Will “Spank” Horton know it. Fresh off their gig as the opening act on Hart’s 2013 “Let Me Explain” tour, the comedians known as the Plastic Cup Boyz will be playing shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. May 16 in the Tralf Music Hall …

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Rob Ford is reportedly somewhere in rehab. While that’s a good thing for the Toronto mayor – and probably for Canada’s largest city – it’s a loss for comics like Josh Wolf.When the news broke last week, Wolf tweeted “Never pegged Rob Ford as a quitter. #disappointed.” It’s a small tidbit (all too small, if you ask Wolf) of the social commentary that is the …

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Rob Ford is reportedly somewhere in rehab. While that’s a good thing for the Toronto mayor – and probably for Canada’s largest city – it’s a loss for comics like Josh Wolf.When the news broke last week, Wolf tweeted “Never pegged Rob Ford as a quitter. #disappointed.” It’s a small tidbit (all too small, if you ask Wol…

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Which came first: the Miranda or the Colleen?Which is to say: the satirical You Tube darling whose 300-plus videos have brought empowerment and tears to some 1 million subscribers; or the former musical theater student who carved out her own corner of fame and work on her own stage?Both Colleen Ballinger and Miranda Sings –her last name, or her affirmation, who knows? …

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Which came first: the Miranda or the Colleen?Which is to say: the satirical You Tube darling whose 300-plus videos have brought empowerment and tears to some 1 million subscribers; or the former musical theater student who carved out her own corner of fame and work on her own stage?Both Colleen Ballinger and Miranda Sings –her last name, or her affirmation, who know…

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Author of the New York Times best-seller “Dad Is Fat,” Jim Gaffigan is more than a popular stand-up comic. He earned critical acclaim on Broadway in “That Championship Season.” At 47, he is the father of five children who provide fodder for the standup routine he writes with his wife and partner, Jeannie Noth. They live in New York City. Gaffiga…

Comedy

Author of the New York Times best-seller “Dad Is Fat,” Jim Gaffigan is more than a popular stand-up comic. He earned critical acclaim on Broadway in “That Championship Season.” At 47, he is the father of five children who provide fodder for the standup routine he writes with his wife and partner, Jeannie Noth. They live in New York City. Gaffigan will perform July …

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They might be called the “Nobodies of Comedy” today, but if history is any indication, they are the stars of tomorrow. And when this showcase of “the funniest comics you’ve never heard of” performs at 8 p.m. Friday in 710 Main Theatre, it will feature three comics from Buffalo: Matt Bergman, Andy Pitz and Mark Walton. Rounding out the sho…

Comedy

They might be called the “Nobodies of Comedy” today, but if history is any indication, they are the stars of tomorrow. And when this showcase of “the funniest comics you’ve never heard of” performs at 8 p.m. Friday in 710 Main Theatre, it will feature three comics from Buffalo: Matt Bergman, Andy Pitz and Mark Walton. Rounding out the show are Joe DeVito and Liz …