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Rob Lederman sat in a plastic beach chair, his eyes darting left and right as he watched his 11-year-old daughter, Mari, chase a soccer ball up and down the turf. In a few hours he would be onstage at the comedy club he owns, and he was already dressed for the part: an untucked white button down and trim blue jeans.But then there’s the boots. Puffy, navy boots that …

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Kevin Hart has added a second show in Buffalo.The comedian and actor now will also perform at 10:30 p.m. April 17 in the First Niagara Center. His first show, at 7 p.m., has sold out.Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show are $45.50 to $130.50 and will go on sale at noon on Feb. 17 through the FNC box office, livenation.com and tickets.com or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.

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The star of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.O” is coming to Buffalo.Daniel Tosh and a special guest will appear on stage at 7 p.m. June 23 in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.“Tosh.O” is beginning its seventh season this week. The series features Tosh’s special brand of humor combined with clips discovered on the I…

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After performing last month in Rochester, actor-comedian Kevin Hart has scheduled an April 17 appearance in the First Niagara Center as part of his What Now? Tour. Tickets range from $49.50 to $125 and can be purchased beginning at noon Feb. 20 through the First Niagara Center Box Office, online at www.tickets.com or by phone at 888-223-6000. Hart has been a film fixture…

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“Let’s Make a Deal” announcer Jonathan Mangum has worked with Wayne Brady for two decades, dating back to their roots in Orlando’s improv comedy scene and stretching through several of Brady’s TV gigs. The pair will hit the Seneca Niagara Events Center stage tonight for Brady’s live show. “He’s been incredibly loyal,” Mangum said of Brady. “He brings me along for the ride…

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Wayne Brady wields words masterfully. When he improvises, they flow loosely, though still purposefully. When conversation dances into the more sensitive areas of life – what a black man can be; or his own inner struggles – Brady measures his words, but doesn’t soften them. The comedian, who performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Seneca Niagara Events Center, uses words to make…

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Comedy was never Paul Morrissey’s intended career path. The Owego native grew up as a sports kid, playing and watching basketball – but enjoying some “Saturday Night Live” and HBO comedy specials with it. “Along with my Larry Bird highlight tapes I would watch comedy,” said Morrissey, now 30-something. (He won’t give his actual age, but says it’s “26 in L.A. years,” a ref…

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Jesse Joyce is a comic first: He told his local Ohio newspaper at age 11 that his “favorite thing in the world is to tell a joke,” and by age 17, he was performing stand up. But Joyce, 36, is also a writer – one with an impressive list of clients: Seth McFarlane, Chris Rock, Dave Attell, Matt Lauer, Jim Norton and the late Greg Giraldo, among others. Here’s an interview …

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I’ve watched Colin Quinn, I’ve laughed at Colin Quinn, and I’ve met Colin Quinn. But that doesn’t mean I really know him. Or do I? I think maybe I just might. Because although stand-up comedians are famously tough to get to know for real – their greasy-mouthed stage personas often mask a tightwad of insecurity – I get the sense Quinn is different. The guy I saw perform…

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Even Colin Quinn sometimes gets offended by comedy. But then the veteran stand-up, actor and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member gets over it. And he wants you to, too. “I get offended by certain things in comedy sometimes,” Quinn said, “and I’m a comedian.” Quinn, 55, brings his stand-up show to Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.) for five shows starting Thurs…

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Aaron Kleiber grew up in the projects of Pittsburgh as “the white kid at the table of black kids, making them laugh.” What was social-survival skill then is a career skill now, one Kleiber will be bringing to Rob’s Comedy Playhouse on Saturday for a pair of stand-up performances at 8 and 10 p.m. Kleiber, 33, launched into a full-time acting and comedy career in his late …

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In theory, every comedian stands for freedom of expression. But few fight for it more passionately than Jim Norton, who’s consistently among the first to defend his peers (example: Tracy Morgan) when they’re hit with controversy over a joke. Here’s our interview with Norton, who’s appearing Dec. 31 through Jan. 3 in Helium Comedy Club: Question: What’s your take on the c…

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Working the stand-up stage is only a slice of James Kurdziel’s career, but as he’ll tell you, comedy connects everything he does. From his regular job as the program director and daytime jock on 103.3 The Edge to his twice-yearly college tours, making people laugh is what makes Kurdziel a living. You can catch Kurdziel monthly at Edge Comedy Night in Helium Comedy Club, i…

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Three years ago and two decades into his stand-up career, Moody McCarthy was getting married and wondering whether he would be able to support a family on a comic’s temperamental income. Two years ago he landed a five-minute spot on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” which gave him an answer: Yes. McCarthy started booking a steady stream of shows around his New York C…

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The legacy of today’s America might best be summed up by its invention of the T-shirt cannon, a recent home run derby on an aircraft carrier or a jet skier taking a selfie during Hurricane Sandy with the Statue of Liberty in the background, according to one observer. “It’s the moments of eccentricity that are the best display of this country’s strength because there are c…