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Veteran comedian Tony Roberts takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club for five shows over three nights from July 6 to 8. Roberts established his comedy cred with appearances on “Def Comedy Jam” and “Comic View” on BET. He’s been on multiple tours across the country and filmed a number of stand-up comedy specials. Roberts will perform at Helium at 7:30 and 10 p.m. July 6 and …

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The last weekend of June is offering some quality nighttime laughter in Buffalo. Here’s what we’re eyeing up: • Veteran comic and podcasting pioneer Jimmy Pardo takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.) for five shows from June 28 to 30. Pardo is the host of one of the first popular comedy podcasts, “Never Not Funny,” beginning in 2006, and it remains o…

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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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Peace of the City Pedal For Peace 6 p.m. at West Side Community Services (161 Vermont St.). Free to take part, but attendees are encouraged to consider sponsoring a rider or stop at a West Side local business. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to join in Pedal For Peace, presented in collaboration with Slow Roll Buffalo. Together, the group will ride eight…

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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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Kevin Hart 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center. Tickets cost between $39 and $129, and are available at tickets.com. If you doubt Kevin Hart is one of the biggest names in American comedy, consider this: The comedian and film star, most recently in "Jumanji," who brings his "Irresponsible" tour to Buffalo, sold out two shows when he last visited in April 2015. Read Tim O'Shei's r…

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Thanks, Kanye. If the stand-up comic Nemr ever needed a reminder why he stepped away from playing in front of thousands in the Middle East, where he has graced the cover of Rolling Stone and is a household name, the rapper provided it this week. “The whole country has been talking about Kanye West and his tweets,” said Nemr, a 34-year-old Lebanese-American performer …

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1) Kevin Hart, 7 p.m. May 6 in KeyBank Center. Tickets are $39 to $129 and may be purchased here. Commentary: How many comedians can jam-pack an arena? While one day that might have been Aziz Ansari or Chris Rock, it's now undoubtedly Hart, who sold out two then-First Niagara performances in 2015 and hasn't lost his stride. From the "Ride Along" movies to "Get Hard" …

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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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A star-studded lineup has been released for the unveiling of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Dan Aykroyd and alumni from the original season of "Saturday Night Live" are slated to perform Aug. 1-5 at venues near the comedy center, 2 W. Third St., Jamestown. Tickets will be ava…

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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 …