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Dave Attell: A comedian’s comedian

When a stand-up comedian gets on stage, and all the other comics in the house listen because they’re sure whatever is about to be said will offer gut-busting hilarity, they call that person a “comedian’s comedian.” Dave Attell is not only one of those comics, but his wild, adult humor often leaves everybody else in the room hyperventilating from laughing too hard. Attell returns to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.) for six shows starting Thursday.

When Attell began performing stand-up in New York City in the late 1980s, he joined a generation of comics who are the top names in comedy today, including Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, Marc Maron and Jon Stewart. He’s contributed to “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show” during Stewart’s tenure, and was the host of Comedy Central’s “Insomniac,” featuring Attell interviewing people working the night shift. His 2003 comedy album, “Skanks for the Memories,” is a modern classic.

Attell currently hosts “Comedy Underground,” a late-night stand-up show on Comedy Central. His most recent comedy special, “Road Work,” premiered earlier this month on Netflix, and he’s also in Amy Schumer’s much-anticipated film, “Trainwreck,” opening Friday.

Attell appears at Helium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, and 7, 9:15 and 11:45 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30 to $38. Visit

– Mark Ciemcioch

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