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Todd Barry’s dry humor keeps ‘em laughing

Ever since he was 18 years old when he sassed David Letterman on national television, comedian Todd Barry has maintained an onstage persona that’s as dry as the desert. Barry returns to Buffalo to perform stand-up comedy at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Tralf (622 Main St.).

To get a sense of Barry’s humor, check out his website ( where he has published his “receipt museum,” where he offers bizarre stories about the various cafes and shops he’s been in. During one visit to a Chili’s in Fargo, N.D., Barry was hit with an upcharge on his bottomless soup and salad meal.

“Todd hasn’t suffered so much since a trip to Milwaukee, where he was subjected to the Unlimited Beef Stew Tariff,” the website notes.

Barry’s stand-up comedy career has thus far yielded three albums and several specials, the most recent of which – “The Crowd Work Tour” – was released last year on Netflix. Barry has also made many appearances in other media, including several cult shows like “Dr. Katz,” “Tom Goes to the Mayor,” “Wonder Showzen” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” He has a recurring role as himself on FX’s “Louie,” and also made a memorable appearance on HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” as a bongo-playing alpha male.

Tickets are $20 (box office, Ticketmaster).

– Mark Ciemcioch

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