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As local students start or return to college and Buffalonians prepare for Labor Day Weekend, a smattering of events will take place Monday through Thursday. Whether it's the anniversary of a popular Allentown bar, the anticipated visit of a comedian or starts of new seasons for Polish Happy Hour and Thursday Night Terrors, learn a little about what's on Buffalo's agenda…

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Even with Labor Day weekend upon us, there are some strong choices for comedy over the next week, including an album recording by a local favorite. Here are our picks for Aug. 30 through Sept. 5. You may think you were raised in a funny family, but you’ve got nothing on Tony Rock. The younger brother of Chris Rock, Tony has paved his own path in the industry as a comedi…

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When you’re doing stand-up comedy, things pop up. Sometimes it’s a snowstorm. Sometimes it’s a noisy audience member. Sometimes it’s Hannibal Buress himself. Buress, the 35-year-old comedian and actor (this summer’s film’s: “Blockers” and “Tag”), is heading to Buffalo shortly for shows Tuesday and Wednesday at Helium Comedy Club. For the first time in years here, his…

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The region’s comedy rooms are bringing the heat as we head into the end of August. Here’s our top picks for Aug. 23-29. • Comedy star Hannibal Buress has booked last minute shows at Helium Comedy Club on Aug. 28 and 29. It’s about par for the course for the laidback favorite, who last appeared in Buffalo for a similar last-minute show in 2016. Over the past few years, B…

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LONG ISLAND CITY – Jim Gaffigan was reflecting in the corner of a cavernous Queens soundstage, just across the East River from Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children. “I don’t know if 10 years ago I could have made the brain-tumor stuff funny,” said Gaffigan, who was talking about his wife’s pear-sized brain tumor – which, as he point…

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There are a number of options for laughs as we head into late summer. Here are our picks for the week: Canadian comedian Pete Johansson headlines a show at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Johansson debuted his first comedy special on Netflix, “You Might Also Enjoy …” and had a standout appearance on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening.” A global performer,…

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JAMESTOWN — All last week, on a pair of large screens built into the brick walls of the new National Comedy Center, videos scrolled of celebrity after celebrity lauding Jamestown. Lauding in the way that comedians do. “Congratulations to the National — what is it?” asked Billy Crystal, seeming to speak to someone off camera. “National Comedy Center in — Where is it? …

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The annual Lucy Fest and opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown features a vast array of funny talent, but if you’re looking to stick around Buffalo this weekend, here are a few recommendations for where to laugh. Stand-up comedian Gary Owen is set to return to Helium Comedy Club for five shows over three nights from Aug. 2 to 4. Owen has appealed to diverse…

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JAMESTOWN – Journey Gunderson is in the final days of an eight-year quest that has evoked laughter (not always the variety it’s supposed to) and tears (mostly joyful, but sometimes the other kind). This quest has cost tens of millions of dollars and, the way it’s felt lately, even more hours. “I’ve been sleeping three hours a night,” said Gunderson, with nary a trace…

Comedy from the North and South invade Buffalo during the last weekend of July. Here’s what we’re eyeing up this weekend: The wellRED comedy trio of Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester will headline a weekend of shows July 26-28 at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). The group has written and performed comedy together with books (“Liberal Redneck Man…

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JP Sears, the self-styled "emotional healing coach," new-age satirist and YouTube's redheaded answer to Andy Kaufman, has some thoughts about Buffalo. In a video teasing his five-show run at Helium Comedy Club from July 19 to 21, Sears ran down a list of Buffalo clichés in his trademark deadpan delivery, hitting everything from O.J. Simpson to lake-effect snow totals. …

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Unique perspectives on comedy highlight the week of July 19-25. Here’s what we’re eyeing up for big laughs this week: You can’t write about the history of comedy in Buffalo without mentioning Rob Lederman, the veteran entertainer who has  survived several local booms and busts over the years. Lederman has become an audience favorite through regular gigs, fundraising app…

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Beat the heat with friends, food and fun with a funny lineup of comedy in mid-July. Here’s what we have our eye on this week: Helium gets the week started July 12 with another round of “Comics Against Humanity,” a monthly local showcase with a twist. Host and former “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” winner Rick Matthews brings each comic to the stage and draws a selection fro…

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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…