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Through his 22 years as host of “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno never left comedy. Since the late ’80s, he’s performed most every Sunday night at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif. As a late-night host, Leno turned the venue into a testing ground for monologue material.As a sold-out crowd at the Seneca Niagara Casino found out Sat…

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Through his 22 years as host of “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno never left comedy. Since the late ’80s, he’s performed most every Sunday night at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif. As a late-night host, Leno turned the venue into a testing ground for monologue material.As a sold-out crowd at the Seneca Niagara Casino found out Saturday night, the club al…

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An array of artists spanning musical genres and eras plus some of the biggest names in comedy will perform this summer in both the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center in Niagara Falls and its sister site, the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca.The “Summer Rush” concert series was announced today by the Seneca Gaming Corp.Highlights include “An Evening …

One of the wonderful things about living your whole life in the same place (and in my case, 45 years in the same house) is the ability to mourn people you’ve never met.Those who move away from the old neighborhood – whether that be a four-block square or an entire ZIP code – clearly have memories and even make periodic returns like the Capistrano swallows. But the on…

Joy Behar can make people laugh. That we know.But can the recently departed co-host of “The View” work a crowd? Can she thrive in what might be the entertainment industry’s most intense spotlight – that of a stand-up comic?That was the question Saturday night when Behar stepped onstage at Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls.The answer is yes – with a li…

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The unmistakable voice of Joy Behar, tinged with a New York accent and moving with the stop-and-go momentum of a Manhattan yellow cab, comes on the phone.She’s bringing her stand-up show to town Saturday, but she’s trying to figure out the best way to get here.“Is there a train that goes from Buffalo to New York?” she asked.There is, you tell her. But it can be a l…

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If laughter is the best medicine, then we must be feeling great around here these days. Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Rob Schneider, Gilbert Gottfried, Sandra Bernhard, David Sedaris and even ventriloquist Jeff Dunham are some of the big names that had us laughing last year, often filling venues to capacity.In recent weeks at the UB Center for the Arts, Adam Carolla did a li…

Adam Carolla has no idea why he’s coming to Buffalo in the dead of winter.“I did read some of the brochures at the travel agency that showed people having heart attacks shoveling their driveways, and thought, ‘Hey, you know what, that could be me,’ ” Carolla quipped in a phone interview with The Buffalo News.The blustery, nasally Carolla became famous as Drew P…

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On Saturday morning, I awoke confused and terrified by an awful dream.From what I could remember, there were puppets everywhere. One was a skeleton wearing a turban; another was a grouchy old man in a bow tie. Others joined them on a stage to tell 10-cent jokes about Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Obamacare. Then, after they were done, replicas of the puppets were shot out of…

Comedian Jeff Dunham enjoys getting a little help from his friends. Or is it that he likes to work with help from his little friends?Either way, when Dunham returns to the First Niagara Center, where he previously has packed the crowds in up to the rafters, he will bring along familiar faces, including Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, Bubba J, …

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Jerry Seinfeld was about to do a standup gig at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. So we were on the phone talking.I asked the adamant sitcom retiree about his old partner and “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, who was then starring in everyone’s favorite whine-and-kvetch fest, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Everybody but everybody was talking about Larry David back then.…

It feels like Gilbert Gottfried has been with us forever. He’s like that uncle who’s always been old and never goes away.You just can’t forget that voice, that grating, gruff, garbage disposal of a voice that could shred a potato if it had fingernails but would probably rather sit back and let you do the cooking. It’s both lazy and aggressive, terrifying and famili…

What’s the first thing Emmy-nominated comedian Tracy Morgan thinks about when someone mentions the city of Buffalo?“Rick James, baby,” Morgan said. “Rick James – she’s a Super Freak!”Morgan, who is best known for his roles on NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” will be in Western New York at 8 p.m. on Saturday, when he’ll appear at Seneca N…

Drew Carey has carved a comedy career for himself as not only the funniest guy in the room, but the most naturally nice, too. Hilarious and humble, his affable approach led him from the stand-up circuit to a successful self-titled sitcom, which he's parlayed into a slew of starring roles as a game show host, including improv institution “Who's Line is it Anyway?” and a…

Comedian Robert Kelly speaks fondly of Western New York and the surrounding area, even after some of his experiences here were less than positive. “I have been to Buffalo a bunch of times. I did some weird shows at the Riviera Theatre. The crowds were great, and Buffalo has really hot women,” Kelly said.Originally from Boston, he moved to Spencerport, just outside of R…