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And now, here’s Jay Leno … and a cartoonist. The comedian, former host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC and noted classic car aficionado, was in Buffalo April 22 where he paid a visit to the Pierce-Arrow Museum on Michigan Street and where Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis ran into him. Leno is in town for a pair of performances across the border at the Fallsview Casino, i…

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Political satirist Mark Russell returns to Buffalo for a special performance to benefit the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. “An Evening with Mark Russell” takes place at 6 p.m. April 15 in the WNED/WBFO Studios, 140 Lower Terrace. The location is fitting since Russell was host of the popular “Mark Russell Comedy Specials” which aired on WNED-TV and PB…

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When Rick Matthews steps off the stage at Nietzsche’s on Nov. 24, it will be his last as producer of Buffalo’s longest-running comedy open mic showcase that was started by Kristen Becker nearly a decade ago. To celebrate, Matthews is throwing a “Red Wedding” show with many of the comedians who began their careers in that room, including Dan Fisher, Shaun Murphy, Josh Pott…

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A generation ago, “Full House” fans fell in love with Dave Coulier as the goofy quasi-uncle helping two guys raise three little girls. The “Full House” cast fell in love with Coulier too. “He was always the funny, silly, crazy adult on the set who’d make us laugh,” says Jodie Sweetin, who played middle-child Stephanie Tanner on ABC sitcom, which ran from 1987 to 1995. Th…

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Dave Coulier calls himself a “glorified birthday clown,” but he’s not in that mode. It’ll happen, and happen soon, but first he’s got some photos to snap.On a crisp and piercingly bright Thursday morning, Coulier’s black canvas shoes have barely crunched the gravel of the Buffalo RiverWorks parking lot before he pulls out his phone to carefully frame a shot of the ruins of…

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Tony Roberts, an alumni of “Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam,” headlines the October edition of the Tralf Music Hall’s “Friday Night Laughs” showcase series Friday.A native of Detroit, Roberts has headlined around the country and appeared on televised performance shows like “Def Comedy Jam” and “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” His stand-up comedy special, “Wired!,” was released on…

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If you’re a longtime fan of the family sitcom “Full House,” you oughta know that Dave Coulier (aka Joey Gladstone) is headed to Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo this week.Coulier’s stand-up routine is not far off from his Uncle Joey character, as it’s filled with enough impressions and wacky voices to entertain longtime fans of “Full House,” which ran eight seasons on ABC fro…

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By Mark CiemciochSpecial to The NewsOf all the countless hours of stand-up shown on Comedy Central over the years, they’ve all been taped and edited – until now. Last month, Brian Regan became the first comedian to perform a live stand-up show on Comedy Central, which must be an amazing boost of confidence as he rolls into Kleinhans Music Hall for a show at 8 p.m. Oct. 15.…

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For anybody who’s ever wondered, “Where do comedians come up with their jokes?”, there’s a comedy podcast designed especially for you, and it’s about Buffalo. The Sklar Brothers, Randy and Jason, performed five shows at Helium Comedy Club over the summer, and during their weekend here, they traveled throughout Western New York to learn about the area and develop new, loca…

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‘‘I’m labeled a sex comic,” Amy Schumer says ruefully toward the end of Saturday’s hilarious “Live at the Apollo” on HBO.Just let a male comic, though, practically expose himself at the microphone and, to those in the “labeling” racket, “he’s a thinker.”So says Amy who, just for that tiny little second, has no interest in being funny.I wouldn’t dream of labeling Schumer a …

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By Mark CiemciochSpecial to The NewsSince the time she was a high school dropout who walked onto a Greyhound bus to hit comedy open mics around the country, Paula Poundstone has been hustling to become one of the notable female voices of her generation. She brings her act to Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) at 8 p.m. Friday.With a 32-year career, Poundstone has…

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Twenty-two years ago, Bill Maher melded comedy and politics to create a television show with a blunt purpose. So blunt that it was contained in the name: “Politically Incorrect.”“I thought we were drowning in political correctness then,” Maher said, “and I tried to jab a stake through its heart.”Maher failed. Not, in his mind, because ABC fired him from the show after he m…

The comedy life isn’t exactly all first-class airfare, agents hustling for gigs and sitcom deals. Just ask Steve Sabo, stuck in traffic as he drove through Chicago on the way to a show in Wisconsin last weekend. On Saturday, he makes the trek to Western New York, as he appears at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville. “Good god this guy is an idiot,” he said, breaking hi…

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Comedy acts Rip Micheals and Capone join together for the “Friday Night Laughs” second anniversary show at 9 p.m. Friday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Winner of the 2013 Bay Area Black Comedy contest, Micheals has been touring throughout the country and has been featured on MTV2’s “Wild ‘N Out” and NBC’s “The Craig Robinson Show.” Capone is making his own mar…

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When Brian Posehn loves, he loves deeply: whether it’s his family, heavy metal, comic books or the perfect fart joke.The 49-year-old comedian of 2013’s “The Fartist” and co-writer (with Gerry Duggan) of Marvel’s “Deadpool” comic just finished work on Netflix’s “Mr. Show” revival, “With Bob and David” and taped his next comedy special. He returns to Helium Comedy in Buffalo…