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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 regular fare of …

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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? –bro…

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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…

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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. Gaffigan will perform July 26 in th…

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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…

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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 show are Joe DeVito and Liz Miele.Berg…

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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 also kept …

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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 with Y…

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 ones who…

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 little warmi…

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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 long trip…

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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…