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Comedy on Tap: Gary Owen, Matt Graham and 'Stoogefest'

The annual Lucy Fest and opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown features a vast array of funny talent, but if you’re looking to stick around Buffalo this weekend, here are a few recommendations for where to laugh.

Stand-up comedian Gary Owen is set to return to Helium Comedy Club for five shows over three nights from Aug. 2 to 4. Owen has appealed to diverse audiences, as he’s grown an African-American fan base with appearances on BET’s “ComicView,” TBS’s “House of Payne,” and the films “Think Like a Man” and “Ride Along.” He’s written and performed three Showtime specials in addition to other stand-up albums and DVDs, and had spots on other cable showcases from Shaquille O’Neal and Mike Epps. Owen will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 2, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4. Tickets are $35 and $45. Info: buffalo.heliumcomedy.com

Veteran comic Matt Graham headlines a show at 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Graham started performing in Boston in the 1980s and eventually became a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” as well as two New York City Fringe festival shows. Notably, Graham also is an expert in Scrabble, placing second in the world championship tournament in 1997. General admission to Graham’s show is $10. Info: babevillebuffalo.com

One of the greatest comedy acts to endure out of the vaudeville era is The Three Stooges, as Moe, Larry and Curly turned their slapstick farce from a stage act to film in the mid-20th century. In 12 years, the trio produced more than 90 short films, many of which were replayed on television for decades, creating new generations of fans. The group’s films will be celebrated at the 27th "Stoogefest" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Tickets range from $7 to $12. Info: rivieratheatre.org

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