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The final week of February promises some great laughs to break up the winter blues in the Buffalo area. Here are some recommendations: Jen Kirkman returns to headline four shows at Helium Comedy Club. She’s produced and performed two Netflix specials, “Just Keep Livin’?” and “I’m Gonna Die Alone (and I Feel Fine),” as well as authored two best-selling books, “I Can Bare…

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Few Buffalo performance spaces are quirkier than the tiny Main Street Cabaret. That quirkiness -- views are sometimes obscured by columns and you can often hear the Metro Rail clanging during performances -- makes it totally appropriate for its next iteration as a comedy club. The cabaret, housed in the Alleyway Theatre's complex in a renovated former bus depot, will…

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New York City comic Mark Normand is quickly making a name for himself with a half-hour special on Comedy Central, spots on late-night shows like “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Conan,” and his “Tuesdays with Stories” podcast with Joe List. Normand returns to Buffalo for four nights at Helium Comedy Club. He talked about performing on Valentine’s Day and bringing …

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The last time Kevin Hart was announced for a comedy show in Buffalo, April 17, 2015, the event sold out rapidly. So, Hart added a second gig for the same night, which also sold out. If his previous popularity is any indication, then tickets for the just-announced performance at 7 p.m. May 6 in KeyBank Center will vanish before you know it. Tickets for the Irresponsib…

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Jim Gaffigan must have a fallsview room on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls since he tweeted a video of the cataracts Thursday afternoon from a high vantage point. The comedian is performing at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ont., tonight and Friday. He tweeted: "Unfortunately this waterfall thingy is blocking my view of Buffalo!!!" https://twitte…

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Canadian comedian Ron James is an enduring entertainer in his home country, but that doesn’t mean he’s not above touring the United States with a show booked on Jan. 26 at the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. It also doesn’t hurt to visit the warmer states this time of year for a break from the cold Canadian winter. “I’m pretty good at freeloading when you ha…

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The one-two comedy punch of Steve Martin and Martin Short will grace the Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) stage at 7:30 p.m. April 12, LiveNation announced Monday. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 19, range from $59.50 to $189.50 and will be available online at LiveNation.com, Shea’s box office or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The duo's bill is called…

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In a time where the news from Washington seems to dominate the conversation, comedian Josh Wolf promises to offer audiences a few hours of politics-free fun when he returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club from Jan. 11 to 13. That doesn’t mean he isn’t nervous though. “I heard it was really cold,” Wolf said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angele…

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As Buffalo bears down to endure another cold, snowy winter, it’s easy to fall into dour and grouchy behavior. Comedian, entertainer and Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique is headed to Kleinhans Music Hall on Jan. 6 to open 2018 with a show that looks to lift hearts and temperatures … in the room, at least. “I’m going to tell you something, this show is going to be s…

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As 2017 comes to a close, several local comedy venues are primed to help you laugh your way into the New Year. Babeville’s long-running comedy showcase series “Laugh and Other Drugs” returns for a special “It’s a Wonderful Laugh” holiday edition at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. Hosted by Kevin Thomas Jr., the December edition features a mix of local and native Buffalo talent, home fo…

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One of the biggest comedy nights of the year is often New Year’s Eve, and this year, Helium Comedy Club is bringing in Brad Williams for seven shows from Dec. 28-31. The West Coast comic released the specials “Fun Size” in 2015 and “Daddy Issues” in 2016. He’ll be preparing to record a new special in 2018, along with continuing to host his popular podcast, “About Last Nigh…

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The space between holidays is usually quiet on Buffalo's arts scene, a time to digest the year's cultural output and ready ourselves for the offerings of the new year. One notable exception comes this weekend from "Babushka," a periodic improv comedy show devised by Buffalo actors and Eclectic Improv Company veterans Don Gervasi and Tod Benzin. The show, different ev…

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As 2017 comes to a close, there are several great comedy options to enjoy in the area this week. A pair of local radio personalities will team up for a night of stand-up at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Club owner and 97 Rock morning show co-host Rob Lederman, a veteran of the local comedy scene who has jokes for every scenario and audience will headline the show. Joining him…

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For years, Josh Potter has been honing his stand-up comedy chops in bars, rooms and clubs around the area. Now with a more than a few jokes in his heart, Potter took his talents to Los Angeles this year to take the next step in his comedy journey. The former 103.3 The Edge radio personality returns to Buffalo for the holidays and a number of stand-up shows over the next tw…

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When just the titles of your books make people laugh, you can officially call yourself a "humorist." So essayist and NPR favorite David Sedaris, he of "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy" and "Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls" clearly qualifies. Sedaris will bring his brand of comedy to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Apri…