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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…

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Winter drags on as does another frustrating Sabres season, but there's good comedy to lighten the moods in Buffalo for the week. Here are our picks: Stand-up comic Dan Soder returns to Helium Comedy Club to headline five shows March 21-23. Soder has released a few comedy specials, including “Not Special” on Comedy Central, and has lent his comedic talents to “Inside Amy…

There are lots of options if you want to include laughter in your St. Patrick’s Day weekend, as here are our picks for the week of March 14-20. Legendary veteran comedian John Witherspoon returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club. A native of Detroit, Witherspoon has been performing in entertainment for decades, and gained a new audience of fans with scene…

This weekend’s comedy lineup features a little drag, but offers plenty of options. Here’s our picks for March 7-9: Veteran comedian Christopher Titus comes to Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo for five shows March 7-9. Titus is acclaimed for his raw, emotional and biographical comedy, whether it’s onstage or when he produced and starred in his highly praised television show…

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Multi-talented comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias was announced Wednesday as the first performer for the Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair. The San Diego native will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg). General admission tickets will cost $28, with reserve seats ranging from $40-$55, and they'll be available at 10…

Ring in March with a roar of laughter with our comedy recommendations for the weekend: Rising comedian Ryan Hamilton comes to Buffalo to headline five shows at Helium Comedy Club. Hamilton has made several appearances on many of the top comedy shows over the past few years, including “Last Comic Standing,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Conan,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbe…

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There are lots of options for live comedy this weekend to help you close out February with big laughs. Here are our picks for the week: Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo will host Los Angeles comedian Samuel J. Comroe for six headlining shows Feb. 21-23. After a breakthrough performance on the TBS show “Conan,” Comroe has appeared on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywo…

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This week brings laughs and loves with a few Valentine’s Day comedy shows in Buffalo. Here’s what we have our eye on this weekend: For those looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas, comedian Steve Byrne begins his headlining weekend with a special show at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, and stand-up shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16. A diverse performer who created and sta…

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If the winter weather is driving you stir crazy, there are several great options for comedy in Buffalo this weekend. Here are our picks: Comedian and “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Drew Lynch is set to headline five shows from Feb. 7 to 9 at the downtown Buffalo club. Lynch had an unconventional path to success, initially moving to Los Angeles with aspirations of bein…

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The snow, cold and traffic couldn’t keep Buffalo crowds from seeing Sebastian Maniscalco at Shea’s Performing Arts Center Friday night, as the comedian brought the packed house down for the first of four headlining shows this weekend. Dressed in black jeans, a black shirt and silver jacket, Maniscalco spun hilarious story after story during the Buffalo stop of his “Stay…