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If you’ve ever seen JB Smoove on a comedy show or while he’s appearing in many TV shows and movies like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” his fast-talking, high-energy style may seem like walking a tightrope. And that's no accident, Smoove explained as he talked about his return to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club on Oct. 13 and 14. Last time Smoove was in Buffalo on a stan…

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There are plenty of laughs to be found locally during the first full week of October. Here are our best bets: For decades, comedian and entertainer John Witherspoon has been a familiar face on stage, television and films. He’s well known for his role as Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” film comedy series, and has also appeared in the films “Boomerang” and …

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In addition to his knowledge about cars, “Top Gear” host Adam Ferrara knows how to make people laugh. Ferrara will headline a weekend full of shows at Helium Comedy Club Sept. 28-30. Ferrara has excelled as a comedian, recording three Comedy Central specials, drawing accolades from Entertainment Weekly and earning industry nominations from his peers. He also has a r…

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Animal abuse is no laughing matter, but the Stand Up for Pits organization is hoping to use those laughs for good with a comedy fundraiser show for Fix-A-Bull WNY at Helium Comedy Club Sept. 24. The SUFP Foundation was formed to end abuse, discrimination and save the lives of pitbull-type dogs. Because of their appearance and stigma, pitbull-type dogs can be often discr…

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The laughs are booming in Buffalo with several comedy options this week in late September. Comedian and entertainer Tommy Davidson first caught people’s attention as a sketch comedy star on the Fox series, “In Living Color.” Since then, he’s gone on to multiple comedy specials on Showtime and several film roles in “Strictly Business,” “Bamboozled” and …

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In addition to Robert Kelly’s weekend-long stop at Helium Comedy Club, there are lots of other opportunities to get your laugh on during the weekend of Sept. 15-17. New York City comic Miguel Dalmau will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Dalmau was one of the featured comedians on AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live” program and his al…

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It doesn’t take long to ease into a friendly conversation with comedian Robert Kelly. The Boston native’s frank, candid onstage style was reflected in a recent phone interview before his four Buffalo shows at Helium Comedy Club on Sept. 15 and 16. Talking to Kelly can be like bonding with a new friend at the bar. There are lots of laughs and riffing as the conversat…

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With his iconic voice and provocative jokes, Gilbert Gottfried has become a legendary performer in comedy. Now his life and career are the subject of a new documentary, “Gilbert,” that is working its way through the film festival circuit now. He’s also the host of his own show, “The Amazing Colossal Podcast,” where he interviews Hollywood veterans. Gottfried t…

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A trio of touring headlining comedians travel through Buffalo during the first weekend of August. Here are your best bets for laughs: San Francisco native David Gborie comes to Buffalo for an 8 p.m. show Aug. 3 at Helium Comedy Club. Gborie has been featured on “Conan” on TBS, “Those Who Can’t” on truTV and “Flophouse” on Viceland. He’s also appeared at …

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Many world-renown comedians will be in Western New York during the last week of July, but there are three area shows featuring local comedians that also would be worth your time. Edge Comedy Night has been local institution of laughs for years, but the July 26 show at Helium Comedy Club marks a turning point. Edge personalities James Kurdziel and Josh Potter have been f…

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Buffalo audiences are likely to get the best of comedian George Lopez when he performs two sold-out shows at Helium Comedy Club July 20. Lopez will work out new material for a future HBO special at Helium. The best time to catch a comedian is just before he or she records a new special, as the jokes the comic has written and honed are nearly complete. As of late, Lop…

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There can be laughs aplenty found in Buffalo with a number of comedy shows booked in mid-July. Here are some highlights: Rochester comedian Dan Viola has opened for Jon Stewart and Steven Wright, but he comes to town as a headliner. Viola draws on his experience as a father of seven children to connect with any audience with his family-friendly comedy. He also has worke…

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Considering Michelle Wolf has less than a decade in the game, she’s one of comedy’s brightest – and fastest – growing stars. After Wolf endured working on Wall Street at the height of the market crash in 2008, she took that anxiety into an improv class and never looked back. She was quickly hired as a performer and writing supervisor for “Late Night with Seth Mye…

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After years of earning runner-up status, 38-year-old comedian Jameel Key took the crown of “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” during the finals of the fifth annual contest at Helium Comedy Club Wednesday night. Key, who works as an auto parts salesman, has performed stand-up comedy regularly for several years. With his victory, Key wins $1,200 and an opportunity to perfo…

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The comedy scene is also heating up in late June, as a number of shows are booked throughout the area. Here are your best bets during the week of June 22-28. Kevin Hart has become a comedy superstar and has used his fame to turn the spotlight on the up-and-coming Plastic Cup Boyz. The group, comprised of Jonathan Martin, Spank Horton and Na’im Lynn, have toured as the…