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The snow, cold and traffic couldn’t keep Buffalo crowds from seeing Sebastian Maniscalco at Shea’s Performing Arts Center Friday night, as the comedian brought the packed house down for the first of four headlining shows this weekend. Dressed in black jeans, a black shirt and silver jacket, Maniscalco spun hilarious story after story during the Buffalo stop of his “Stay…

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Cult fave John Waters made good on his promise "to try to put the "X" back into Xmas" Friday, delivering a raunchy show to an amused and often guffawing audience Friday at Babeville's Asbury Hall. Waters entered to a hero's applause from the near-capacity audience. He offered a fast-paced, 70-minute stand-up routine, and then answered questions for a half-hour on a stag…

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John Waters, the 72-year-old maker of campy films with a long-established cult following, will be sporting his familiar pencil-thin mustache on Dec. 7 at Babeville's Asbury Hall while on a 17-city tour for "A John Waters Christmas." Waters' most well-known, low-budget films were made in Baltimore in the late-1960s and '70s. He used local actors, including Harris Millste…

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If you’re trying to announce something, April 1 is probably the worst day of the year to do it, especially if you’re a comedian. So when word came out Friday morning that Hannibal Buress was performing a surprise show at the Waiting Room in Buffalo that very night, many people were understandably skeptical. “That’s how much you don’t like your own city,” Buress said as he…

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Forget elephants. The Walmart truck in the room when Tracy Morgan stepped onstage was this: Will he talk about the accident? It took, oh, about 30 seconds to answer that. “I got hit by a Walmart truck,” Morgan told his near-capacity crowd Friday night in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. (And yes, that’s a slightly edited version of his quote. Consider any quote hereafte…

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As Whoopi Goldberg enters her fourth decade in the public eye, most people have formed an impression of the comedian, actress and co-host of “The View.” Goldberg more than lived up to that impression with a consistently outspoken, raunchy, and most importantly, funny stand-up set Friday night at the Seneca Niagara Casino.As Goldberg began her show, she offered several disc…

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When Jerry Seinfeld appeared for the last time on a television show hosted by David Letterman in 2015, he delivered a routine that dealt with weather forecasters, wearing glasses as a child and the world’s heaviest man. Not surprisingly it was funny.You know what’s really funny? He did virtually the same routine 33 years earlier, the very first time he was on Letterman’s s…

They say that the last avenue of free speech in America is the comedy stage. Aries Spears tried to make a case for that argument Thursday night, as he performed the first of six shows at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo.Spears was unafraid of any topic and unapologetic during his set, offering jokes about nearly every race, creed, nationality, and identity you can think of. M…

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If you see a lot of stand-up comedians, a well-trained ear can begin to spot the differences in style. Some comics stick to their prepared material, and an unexpected interruption may or may not throw them off. Other comedians may talk to the audience for a few minutes, but depending on the comic and crowd response, it can get awkward pretty quickly.Then there are some com…

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Comedian Dave Coulier entertained a full house Thursday night for the first of five shows at Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo. Best known for his role as Joey Gladstone on the highly rated ABC sitcom “Full House,” the comic’s engagement with the audience proved to be the highlight of the night.Fans of Joey’s character voices on “Full House” will be in for a treat dur…

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With the Rolling Stones in our rear-view mirror and the Eagles about to hit town, two of the most important and influential acts in the history of rock ’n’ roll are reminding all of us of the power of music.So it was a perfect time for Weird Al Yankovic to show up and remind us not to take it all so seriously and to have some fun.A few thousand did just that Wednesday nigh…

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Clad in his trademark blue and orange “Fatman” hockey sweater (jersey number 37), Kevin Smith answered fan questions with Hollywood aplomb Sunday night during the first of his four sold-out shows at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo. His remaining two sold-out shows are Monday night.Smith opened the show with a story about seeing “Mad Max: Fury Road” earlier in the day, when h…

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Sitting amongst the packed audience Saturday night for comic Rob Lederman’s 5,000th show, I wasn’t curious how the crowd would react. I already knew. In a theater setting for comedy, where each show is a special event and people buy tickets knowing who they’re going to see, laughter is almost guaranteed. Lederman won that battle weeks ago, when all 1,200 seats for his 8 …

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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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Whatever people were expecting out of spending a Saturday night with David Spade, they probably didn’t get it.That could be good, it could be bad, or it could be a tad surprising.For example, if you were among the Spade aficionados in packed Seneca Niagara Events Center crowd, you know the 50-year-old former “Saturday Night Live” star has the sense of …