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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…

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As the weather warms up, one of the hottest comedy acts in the world comes to Buffalo during the first week of May. Here are our picks for the three best comedy shows in the next few days: Kevin Hart has certainly earned his current star status. His most recent movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” was one of the biggest hits of 2017, and last year’s memoir, “I Ca…

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This year is shaping up to be a good one for comedian Brian Posehn. After a 2017 that saw the release of his special, “25x2,” his “Dungeons and Dragons” inspired podcast “Nerd Poker” is still going strong, he’s putting the finishing touches on his first book “Forever Nerdy,” and he’s even eyeing a new special. Posehn returns to Buffalo for four shows over two nights …

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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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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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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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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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In another era, Nick Offerman would have been a Renaissance man. He's an actor, writer, musician, carpenter and now a comedian, who brings his stand-up tour “Full Bush” to Shea’s Performing Arts Center Nov. 10. As native of Illinois, Offerman has a healthy appreciation for Rust Belt cities and cold weather. He’s come to Buffalo before while touring and working as a “roa…

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A “RocketMan” of a different sort is coming to Buffalo, as comedian Harland Williams is set to headline a weekend of shows from Nov. 2 to 5 at Helium Comedy Club. A Toronto native, Williams started getting attention in the 1990s with a number of movie roles, including  the 1997 film “RocketMan” and a hilarious scene-stealing scene in the 1998 classic, “There’s Something…

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While Sinbad may not be as ubiquitous as he was in the ’90s, he remains a hard-working touring headlining comedian. The Michigan native returns to Buffalo for a weekend of shows at Helium Comedy Club. Sinbad first gained attention as a finalist on the television talent show “Star Search.” He was then cast with a breakout role on the popular NBC sitcom “A Different World…

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As the host of the MTV and Snapchap show “Girl Code,” Carly Aquilino is one of comedy’s fastest rising stars, jumping from first-timer to headliner in five years. She returns to Helium Comedy Club for three nights of stand-up comedy Oct. 19-21. During a recent phone interview, Aquilino talked about her inspirations, transitioning “Girl Code” from cable TV to social media, …

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If you’ve ever seen JB Smoove on a comedy show or while he’s appearing in many TV shows and movies like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” his fast-talking, high-energy style may seem like walking a tightrope. And that's no accident, Smoove explained as he talked about his return to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club on Oct. 13 and 14. Last time Smoove was in Buffalo on a stand-up stage…

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If brevity is the soul of wit, then Demetri Martin is as soulful as they come. The Los Angeles comedian is known for his absurdist humor and turns of phrase that have made him a comedy star. Martin brings his  “Let’s Get Awkward” tour to the area at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. A former correspondent for “The Daily Show,” Martin has …