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After up and down year, Steve Rannazzisi returns to Helium

It’s been quite a year for comedian Steve Rannazzisi, who returns to Helium Comedy Club for five shows April 14-16.

Since his last appearance in Buffalo in March 2015, Rannazzisi wrapped up his role as Kevin McArthur on the FX Network comedy “The League,” where he played a hapless fantasy football commissioner for seven seasons before the show ended in December. While the role brought him a new audience of fans who recognize him, Rannazzisi admitted last year to the News that it also has its drawbacks, as people tell them about their fantasy team.

“It’s like listening to people’s dreams: Nobody cares but them,” he said at the time.

The comic also had a notably unfunny situation last year, when he admitted that a story he told about escaping the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001, attack was fiction. He apologized for the falsehood, but it ended up costing Rannazzisi his commercial endorsement role with Buffalo Wild Wings.

“I know what I did was terrible, and I know I hurt a lot of people,” Rannazzisi said on the Howard Stern Show last year. “In my heart I feel awful that my dumb mistake created this story that hit a wound that should never have been touched.”

Rannazzisi will appear at 8 p.m. April 14, and 7:30  and 10 p.m. April 15 and 16 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.). Tickets for the show range from $20 to $36.

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