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If brevity is the soul of wit, then Demetri Martin is as soulful as they come. The Los Angeles comedian is known for his absurdist humor and turns of phrase that have made him a comedy star. Martin brings his  “Let’s Get Awkward” tour to the area at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. A former correspondent for “The Daily Show,…

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It’s probably just a coincidence, but comedian Jeff Jefferies is set to visit Buffalo in February as part of his “Unusual Punishment” tour. The Australian funny man first came to prominence after he was attacked onstage while performing. That story made it into his DVD special, “Contraband,” and he later gained even greater fame after an HBO comedy special. Hi…

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of the funny group of the British invasion: Monty Python, an absurdist television sketch troupe that developed an American following and inspired generations of comedians and comedy writers. Founding member John Cleese comes to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts as part of its Distinguished Speakers Series Dec. 9. Also …

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Comedian Chris D’Elia has taken it to another level over the past few years. Growing up in Los Angeles, D’Elia was able to find some early work as an actor with small parts on “Chicago Hope,” “Boston Legal” and “Monk.” He started doing standup comedy in the L.A. area in 2006. D’Elia is a fast learner. D’Elia spent the past few years as a prolific …

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With a unique look, voice and material, comedian Steven Wright is one of those performers that after seeing him once, you will never forget him. His stand-up career includes various specials and the albums, “I Have a Pony” and “I Still Have a Pony.” He’s also acted, written and directed various projects, including his 1989 Academy Award-winning short film “The …

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Colin Mochrie has made a career of making it up as he goes along – literally. An accomplished comedic improviser who’s worked with the famed Second City troupe in Toronto and featured on the ABC show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, Mochrie talked up the mantra of improv, “Yes, and …,” during a recent phone interview. “Yes, and …” allows improv performers…

Comedy

Colin Mochrie has made a career of making it up as he goes along – literally. An accomplished comedic improviser who’s worked with the famed Second City troupe in Toronto and featured on the ABC show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, Mochrie talked up the mantra of improv, “Yes, and …,” during a recent phone interview. “Yes, and …” allows improv performers…

Comedy

The comedy career of David Cross has been long and multifaceted: he can be silly one minute, caustic the next. Local audiences can see for themselves when Cross brings his “Making America Great Again” stand-up tour to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. March 19. During a recent phone interview, Cross explained his return to stand-up came after a r…