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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’s another loaded comedy weekend in Buffalo as several venues are helping you laugh your way into fall. Here are our picks: Buffalo native Matt Bergman started doing area open mics over a decade ago. Now he’s working as a headliner in many clubs around the country, already released his first album “A Little Bit Balder Now” and was featured on AXS TV’s “Liv…

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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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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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As June comes to a close, it’s another busy comedy week for Buffalo. Here are our top picks: Paula Poundstone, 7 p.m. June 30 at Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Many people remember Poundstone from the comedy boom of the 1980s. She’s still hitting stand-up stages, has released a  new book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happ…

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There will be laughs throughout the area during the first week of June. Here are your best bets: Two outrageous and hilarious national comedians headline a doublebill at the Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night at 8 p.m. June 1 in the Bear's Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. Boston native Nick DiPaolo has honed his biting, sarcastic point of view with appearances on “The …

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Bubba Bradley has worked many interesting jobs in his life – including biker bar bouncer and security guard at Yellowstone National Park – but his current favorite gig is telling jokes. The comedian will perform two shows at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse on Jan. 21. Thanks to his unique job history, Bradley has plenty of material to pull from onstage as he weaves stories…

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Comedian Ben Hague has expanded his skill set as of late. The New York City resident recorded his “Avoid the Wet Spot” album in 2012 and had a killer set on “The Late Late Show” on CBS. He’s now a regular guest on the SiriusXM show, “My Wife Hates Me,” which is hosted by comedy couple Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane. He’s also getting into filmmaking both in …

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Jason Blanchard is a road comic - it’s just that sometimes, that road involves water. The veteran comic has a regular gig performing on cruise ships for vacationing audiences, but Buffalonians won’t need a life jacket to see Blanchard do stand-up; he’ll be at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse for two shows on April 30. Question: Were there any comedians who influenced you g…

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Having the skills to be both a radio host and a stand-up comic is more difficult than you would think, but Earl David Reed has it. A co-host of “The People’s Morning Show” on 105.7 FM in Harrisburg, Pa., Reed also has performed standup on HBO, Showtime and MTV. He is set to return to Rob’s Comedy Playhouse for two shows on April 9. Question: How did you get into …

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Baltimore native Larry XL is ready to deliver large laughs as he returns to Rob’s Comedy Playhouse for two shows on Feb. 20. A journeyman comic who currently lives in Philadelphia, Larry XL has opened for acts like John Witherspoon, Ralphie May and Jim Florentine. Now a headliner with three albums to his name (the most recent, “Go Huge or Go Home,” is now available…

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Syracuse native Moody McCarthy returns to the Buffalo region Valentine’s Day weekend with two shows at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse on Feb. 13. With almost 25 years of experience, McCarthy’s stand-up presence disarms audiences with material that’s been described as smart and universal. He’s been hailed by his peers for his ability to turn any audience around into a li…

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After his first time doing comedy, Rochester native Steve Burr turned a third-place finish in a comedy contest into a 20-plus year career touring the country and beyond. He returns to Western New York Saturday night for two shows at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville.Burr is one of the co-hosts of “The Threesome Show” with fellow comics Todd Youngman and Mariann…

The comedy life isn’t exactly all first-class airfare, agents hustling for gigs and sitcom deals. Just ask Steve Sabo, stuck in traffic as he drove through Chicago on the way to a show in Wisconsin last weekend. On Saturday, he makes the trek to Western New York, as he appears at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville. “Good god this guy is an idiot,” he said, bre…