Comedy - The Buffalo News

Comedy impressionist Pablo Francisco will bring a variety of voices with him when he performs at Helium Comedy Club from March 2 to 4. The former “Mad TV” cast member is currently working on a new hour-long special to be recorded later this year, but he promises fans will hear some old favorites during his five shows in Buffalo. I caught up with Francisco during a rece…

Lawyers for the Arts. 1 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Eleven Bands comprised of lawyers play in benefit for area cultural and arts groups. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $22. "Sophisticated Ladies." 3:30 p.m. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst. MusicalFare production of a stylish and brassy musical revue celebrating the legendary Duke Ellington and his mus…

Head North. 6 p.m. The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Local pop-punk band with a high-energy show and fan base. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $10-$12. The Strictly Hip. 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Tragically Hip tribute band plays the set list from Marine Midland Arena on Feb. 10, 1999. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $10-$12. "It Shoulda Been You." 7:30…

Time and Distance. 6 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Pop-punk headliners with a wide array of support acts. 312-9279. buffalosmohawkplace.com. $7-$10. Pop Evil. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Billboard charting hard-rock band. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $22-$25. Led Zeppelin: "The Song Remains the Same." 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster …

Coin. 6:30 p.m. Studio @ Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Up-and-coming indie-pop band. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $12-$15. Elliot Scozzaro. 7 p.m. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. Show featuring sax soloist focuses on Brazilian composers. 697-9069. pausaarthouse.com. $7. Hallwalls’ MidWinter Drawing Rally. 7 p.m. Asbury Hall at Babeville. 341 Delaware Ave.…

I like to try and explore a bit whenever I'm in an unfamiliar city. I still have a lot of exploring to do in my new surroundings down here. They call this area The Triangle - referring to three neighboring cities, each home to a major university. Raleigh, home of NC State University, Durham, home of Duke University, and Chapel Hill, home of University of North Carolina, ar…

Jack Civiletto & Friends. 2 p.m. Shannon Pub, 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. The music of Frank Sinatra. 743-9348. shannonpub.com. Free. Lumagination. 6 p.m. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Interactive exhibit that showcases the architecture and horticulture collections. 827-1584. buffalogardens.com. $6-$14. "Co…

Comedian Big Jay Oakerson has been earning rave reviews and getting noticed by his peers more and more. The co-host of Sirius XM’s “The Bonfire” with Dan Soder and the podcast “Legion of Skanks,” Oakerson had a hilarious weekend of shows the last time he was in Buffalo. He returns to Helium Comedy Club for five shows Feb. 23-25. Question: Are you looking forwa…

"Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder."  2 and 8 p.m. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Touring production of Tony Award-winning musical. $30–$85. Read Ben Siegel's review here. Tim Britt Band. 3 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. Enjoy classic rock and drinks after the Sabres game. 200-1893. buffaloironworks.com. Free. "It Shoulda Been You." 7…

Geoff Tate. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Former Queensryche singer will perform songs from all 17 albums in his career. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $25- $57. Parking Lot Tuna. 8 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. A tribute to Sublime. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $10-$12. Josh Wolf. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. …

Vanity Strikes. 6 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Rochester metalcore band brings the heavy. 312-9279. buffalosmohawkplace.com. $10-$15. Dinner and Blues. 6:30 p.m. Armor Inn, 5381 Abbott Road., Hamburg. Live blues music hosted by Anita West of 97 Rock. 202-1315. armorinn.com. Free. "Heaven Can Wait." 6 p.m. (dinner),  7:30 p.m. show. Desiderio’s Dinner Theatr…

Country Night. 6:30 p.m. Armor Inn, 5381 Abbott Road, Hamburg. Line dancing and live country music from Smokin’ Gun. 202-1315. armorinn.com. Free. "It Shoulda Been You." 7 p.m. O’Connell & Co. O’Connell & Co., 4625 Harlem Road, Amherst. Production of the hit Broadway musical comedy. $15-$30. Read Colin Dabkowski's review. Erie County Wind Ensemble …

Buffalo-born comedian Joe Pera had a killer 2016, thanks to his appearances on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and his two Adult Swim specials, “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep” and “Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree.” Now he returns to Buffalo for his first headlining gig at Feb. 17 at the 9th Ward @ Babeville. Dan Licata, Clayton Williams, Carson B…

Buffalo comedy veteran Rob Lederman has headlined many fundraising nights in his career. His latest event is “Laughs for Literacy,” a sold-out benefit to support Buffalo public libraries at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at his club, Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. In a recent phone interview, Lederman talked about doing benefits and his perspective as a long-time comedy club owner in…

He warmed up for David Letterman, and now comedian Kevin McCaffrey hopes to do the same for a Buffalo winter audience when he appears for two shows at Rob's Comedy Playhouse (1340 North Forest, Williamsville). McCaffrey made his television debut on Letterman’s “Late Show” in 2013, and was quickly hired as the program’s warm up act for audiences to get them in th…