Even with Labor Day weekend upon us, there are some strong choices for comedy over the next week, including an album recording by a local favorite. Here are our picks for Aug. 30 through Sept. 5.
You may think you were raised in a funny family, but you’ve got nothing on Tony Rock. The younger brother of Chris Rock, Tony has paved his own path in the industry as a comedian, actor and producer. He’s hosted several shows including HBO’s “All Def Comedy,” NBA TV’s “The Warm Up” and BET’s “Apollo Live.” Tony Rock has also co-starred in the scripted comedy series “Living Biblically” and “Everybody Hates Chris,” and appeared in “Think Like a Man.” Rock will headline five shows at Helium Comedy Club Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. Tickets range from $15 to $24. Info: buffalo.heliumcomedy.com
Andy Pitz, another Buffalo native, returns to the area for a show at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville. Pitz has made several television appearances, including “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He’s recorded two albums, “Tell Me You Got That” and “I Should Know Better,” which are available on his website. Tickets are $12 and $10. Info: robscomedyplayhouse.com.
Buffalo native Rick Matthews has grown to become one of the region’s finest comics. With strong material that appeals to both blue- and white-collar people, Matthews won the title of “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” at Helium Comedy Club in 2014. He takes the next step in his career by recording his first live album at Helium at 8 p.m. Sept. 5. Tickets are $12 and $20. Info: buffalo.heliumcomedy.com