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High quality laughs are planned for the Buffalo area in mid-October. Here’s what we’re eyeing up this week: Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo has a full-lineup of shows this week, highlighted by stand-up comic Donnell Rawlings. Rawlings was one of the breakout stars of the critically acclaimed “Chappelle’s Show” and has appeared in countless movies and television shows, inc…

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The fall comedy season is in full swing, with a club show happening every night this week. Here are our recommendations for Oct. 11-17. “MADtv” star Aries Spears returns to Buffalo with six shows over four nights at Helium Comedy Club from Oct. 11 to 14.  The veteran comedian broke out on the former Fox sketch series with a number of impressions, including Jesse Jackson…

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The first week of October brings a full lineup of comedy stars to the Buffalo area. Here’s our picks for the weekend: The landscape of late night news comedy has greatly expanded since Jon Stewart’s days at “The Daily Show,” but his successor, Trevor Noah, has grown into his own as the current host of the Comedy Central show. His background – a native of South Africa bo…

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Major comedy acts continue to make stops in Buffalo, as Helium Comedy Club presents two headliners this weekend. Here are our recommendations for the week: Adam Ray kicks the week off at Helium Comedy Club with three shows Sept. 27-28. Ray’s career continues to grow with his stand-up comedy, online sketch videos, the “About Last Night” podcast he co-hosts with Brad Will…

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Buffalo has warmly embraced a comedy resurgence in recent years, as national headlining acts continue to make stops in the area. Here are several noteworthy comedians scheduled to perform locally to highlight the fall season. Eddie Izzard, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, Amherst. With style, wit and honesty, Izzard has crafted a uniq…

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The start of the Buffalo theater season also revitalizes the local comedy schedule, as several stand-out standup shows mark the week of Sept. 13-19. Here are our recommendations for the week: Joe List is one of those comedians you’ll likely hear more and more about in a few years. He is set to return to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club, the place where he recorded his 2016 …

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Lots of people are returning to school this week, but thankfully there’s lots of places to take the edge off with a little comedy. Here are our picks for Sept. 6-12. One of the hardest tricks in comedy is good improv, and fortunately a group of masters come to the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts for “Whose Live Anyway?” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10. The current cas…

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Even with Labor Day weekend upon us, there are some strong choices for comedy over the next week, including an album recording by a local favorite. Here are our picks for Aug. 30 through Sept. 5. You may think you were raised in a funny family, but you’ve got nothing on Tony Rock. The younger brother of Chris Rock, Tony has paved his own path in the industry as a comedi…

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The region’s comedy rooms are bringing the heat as we head into the end of August. Here’s our top picks for Aug. 23-29. • Comedy star Hannibal Buress has booked last minute shows at Helium Comedy Club on Aug. 28 and 29. It’s about par for the course for the laidback favorite, who last appeared in Buffalo for a similar last-minute show in 2016. Over the past few years, B…

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There are a number of options for laughs as we head into late summer. Here are our picks for the week: Canadian comedian Pete Johansson headlines a show at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Johansson debuted his first comedy special on Netflix, “You Might Also Enjoy …” and had a standout appearance on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening.” A global performer,…

Comedy from the North and South invade Buffalo during the last weekend of July. Here’s what we’re eyeing up this weekend: The wellRED comedy trio of Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester will headline a weekend of shows July 26-28 at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). The group has written and performed comedy together with books (“Liberal Redneck Man…

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Veteran comedian Tony Roberts takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club for five shows over three nights from July 6 to 8. Roberts established his comedy cred with appearances on “Def Comedy Jam” and “Comic View” on BET. He’s been on multiple tours across the country and filmed a number of stand-up comedy specials. Roberts will perform at Helium at 7:30 and 10 p.m. July 6 and …

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The last weekend of June is offering some quality nighttime laughter in Buffalo. Here’s what we’re eyeing up: • Veteran comic and podcasting pioneer Jimmy Pardo takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.) for five shows from June 28 to 30. Pardo is the host of one of the first popular comedy podcasts, “Never Not Funny,” beginning in 2006, and it remains o…

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"ForeFront" at the Terrace at Delaware Park 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 199 Lincoln Parkway. Tickets are $35 or $60 per pair; details here. If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Terrace, one of Buffalo’s most buzzworthy new destinations, here’s an opportunity: ForeFront, a fundraiser for the YWCA of Western New York, will feature the work of many local female artists, …

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It’s a good week for comedy when rooms other than the area’s two main clubs bring in talent. Here’s what shows we’re eyeing up over the next week. Veteran comedian David Dyer returns to Rob’s Comedy Playhouse at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. May 12. Dyer’s most recent album, “Uncooked,” was released last year on top digital platforms, and he’s developed two web series, “The Sideca…