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Comedy comes naturally to Kenmore native Brooke Cartus. In fact, she wishes somebody had told her that long ago, as it could have saved a couple of years. She returns home to Buffalo to perform stand-up comedy on May 26 at Alleyway Theatre. “I’m so excited to be back,” Cartus said during a recent phone interview from her home in Columbus, Ohio. She’ll also be celebratin…

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While millions of Marvel fans left “Avengers: Infinity War” in a state of shock, the good news is that the summer season has only begun for fans of superheroes and comics. Here’s a look at what’s on our geek radar for summer 2018: At the movies “Deadpool 2” – The sequel to the surprise 2016 superhero comedy hit arrives in theaters May 18. Ryan Reynolds returns as the …

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As one of the most successful pro wrestlers ever, Hulk Hogan staged thousands of last-minute comebacks to overcome his opponents in the ring. Now as rumors swirl of Hogan returning to the WWE, the wrestling hall of famer hopes to complete his biggest comeback yet. Hogan will appear May 19 as part of Nickel City Con. The three-day pop-culture convention will be held May 18 …

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It’s a good week for comedy when rooms other than the area’s two main clubs bring in talent. Here’s what shows we’re eyeing up over the next week. Veteran comedian David Dyer returns to Rob’s Comedy Playhouse at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. May 12. Dyer’s most recent album, “Uncooked,” was released last year on top digital platforms, and he’s developed two web series, “The Sideca…

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As the weather warms up, one of the hottest comedy acts in the world comes to Buffalo during the first week of May. Here are our picks for the three best comedy shows in the next few days: Kevin Hart has certainly earned his current star status. His most recent movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” was one of the biggest hits of 2017, and last year’s memoir, “I Ca…

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Funny man Colin Quinn has earned so much respect slinging jokes that it’s no surprise the comedy community came out to praise him in early 2018. The former “Saturday Night Live” anchor and “Tough Crowd” host suffered a heart attack in February that led to the outpouring of love, causing Quinn to note on Twitter he started a list of friends who didn’t “check in” yet. …

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This year is shaping up to be a good one for comedian Brian Posehn. After a 2017 that saw the release of his special, “25x2,” his “Dungeons and Dragons” inspired podcast “Nerd Poker” is still going strong, he’s putting the finishing touches on his first book “Forever Nerdy,” and he’s even eyeing a new special. Posehn returns to Buffalo for four shows over two nights …

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Decades of comedy performance on stage, screen and TV have turned Steve Martin and Martin Short into entertainment legends. If you’re looking to refresh yourself or relive some of their greatest moments before the April 12 show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, here are some essential media on the two comics. Steve Martin “The Jerk” (1979): After becoming a superstar…

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Known for his work on “The State” and “Wet Hot American Summer,” Michael Ian Black has brought his comedy talents to movies, TV, books, podcasts and the stand-up stage. His eighth children’s book, “I Am Sad,” is set for release in June. Black returns to Buffalo for five shows, March 29 to 31, in Helium Comedy Club. Question: When you did a previous show in Buffalo, you …

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For those going to see “Weird Al" Yankovic’s show at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on March 13, you’re officially warned that the performance will be a “Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity” concert. That’s not commentary; it’s just the name of the show. Instead of leading audiences through a parade of his career musical satire hits from “Ea…

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The final week of February promises some great laughs to break up the winter blues in the Buffalo area. Here are some recommendations: Jen Kirkman returns to headline four shows at Helium Comedy Club. She’s produced and performed two Netflix specials, “Just Keep Livin’?” and “I’m Gonna Die Alone (and I Feel Fine),” as well as authored two best-selling books, “I Can Bare…

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New York City comic Mark Normand is quickly making a name for himself with a half-hour special on Comedy Central, spots on late-night shows like “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Conan,” and his “Tuesdays with Stories” podcast with Joe List. Normand returns to Buffalo for four nights at Helium Comedy Club. He talked about performing on Valentine’s Day and bringing …

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Canadian comedian Ron James is an enduring entertainer in his home country, but that doesn’t mean he’s not above touring the United States with a show booked on Jan. 26 at the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. It also doesn’t hurt to visit the warmer states this time of year for a break from the cold Canadian winter. “I’m pretty good at freeloading when you ha…

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In a time where the news from Washington seems to dominate the conversation, comedian Josh Wolf promises to offer audiences a few hours of politics-free fun when he returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club from Jan. 11 to 13. That doesn’t mean he isn’t nervous though. “I heard it was really cold,” Wolf said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angele…

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As Buffalo bears down to endure another cold, snowy winter, it’s easy to fall into dour and grouchy behavior. Comedian, entertainer and Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique is headed to Kleinhans Music Hall on Jan. 6 to open 2018 with a show that looks to lift hearts and temperatures … in the room, at least. “I’m going to tell you something, this show is going to be s…