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Would injury attorneys Cellino & Barnes go to bat for people chomped by a man-eating plant? This is the weekend to find out, when the comic legal pseudo-bio "Cellino v. Barnes" and the sci-fi horticultural musical "Little Shop of Horrors" arrive for limited runs in Buffalo's Theater District. The lawyers land first, in the form of Mike B. Breen and David Rafailedes,…

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More than 30 years ago, stand-up comedian Joel Hodgson created a unique comedy show for a St. Paul, Minn., television station. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured Hodgson and a pair of robots forced to watch old B-movies, with only their running commentary keeping them sane. MST3K became a cult TV show, moved to cable networks like Comedy Central and Syfy, and even pro…

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If there's one week to break your dinner routine - if you have such a thing - it's this week. On Tuesday, Oct. 1 alone, Buffalo eaters can support HIV/AIDS sufferers by simply dining at one of 80 local restaurants - at lunch, too, for many participants - and then cap the evening with the final Food Truck Tuesday of the season. Then rebound like a champ by backing Crisis…

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Carol Burnett's patented Tarzan yell was loud enough on her variety show to put the jungle call made by the Tarzan actors of her day, from Gordon Scott to Ron Ely, to shame. It was one of the quirky features TV viewers came to expect when they tuned to "The Carol Burnett Show," which ran Saturday nights on CBS for 11 years from 1967 to 1978. When Burnett called it quits…

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Every edition of the Three Stooges Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre includes a trivia contest, so, with the 28th anniversary edition of the comic event this weekend, it's time to practice. Some questions are pretty easy: How many Stooges were there? (Six, but purists only count four – Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp.) Who was Moe's famous cousin-in-law? (Harry Houdini.) Wh…

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The first time I saw a photo of David Letterman's face - with that big goofy smile and that gap the size of the Bosphorus between his two front teeth -  I thought "Alfred E. Neuman lives." Once upon a time, that was a universal reference. No more. When septuagenarian Donald Trump wanted to take a swipe at the naive affect of Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, he sai…

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Harry Stinson has lowered his sights on his Buffalo Grand Hotel, though he's still keen on the project. The Canadian developer – who bought the former Adam's Mark Hotel a year ago – still wants his $30 million transformation to raise the bar on the quality and service of the city's largest hotel. But after spending the past year getting to know both the hotel and the…

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During her long-running television variety program, "The Carol Burnett Show," the legendary comedian often engaged in a live question-and-answer session with her studio audience. You never knew what was going to be said. Now, Buffalo-area fans will have that same opportunity when the legendary comedian visits Shea's Buffalo Theatre for an event at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. "…

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I was having coffee with a friend when Colin Mochrie called me. I excused myself, said something about having to do an interview, and stepped out to answer the phone. When I came back, she asked, “Who were you talking to?” “Colin Mochrie,” I said. “He’s from ‘Whose Line Is –” “YOU WERE?” she said, cutting me off before I could get out the full name of the ABC tele…

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Buffalonians tend to hold grudges in some areas - the New England Patriots, ranch dressing on wings and Shaggy - yet are more forgiving in others. We'll see how the city responds to pop superstar Justin Timberlake when he performs in KeyBank Center after postponing twice late last year and a third just five years ago. In 2015, WYRK's Rob Banks teased a Justin Timberlake…

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Los Angeles comedian Steve Rannazzisi, known from his stint as the commissioner for fantasy football show "The League," visited Buffalo from March 28-30. Here's the scene from Friday, March 29, 2019 in Helium Comedy Club.

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TORONTO — I sat on a black plastic chair in a small, gray-carpeted rehearsal room. Two of my classmates sat to my right. Four were in front of me, and one was outside the door. “OK, suggestions?” our teacher prompted the group facing us, who were serving as an audience for the performance that was about to happen. Someone looked at me and said, “Be Madonna!” I nodded…

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Funny business continues as the last weekend of March brings another group of talented comedians into Buffalo. Here are our picks for the week: Steve Rannazzisi returns to Buffalo to headline Helium Comedy Club for five shows March 28-30. The veteran comedian and star of the popular FX comedy series “The League” has written, produced and performed two Comedy Central spe…

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For more than 50 years, Carl Reiner's scripts of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" have been stored away. Now, for the first time since the show wrapped production in 1966, the scripts will come out of storage to be digitally preserved in an initiative between Reiner and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown. Combined with new acquisitions from John Rich, who wrote the first 4…