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The comedy scene is also heating up in late June, as a number of shows are booked throughout the area. Here are your best bets during the week of June 22-28. Kevin Hart has become a comedy superstar and has used his fame to turn the spotlight on the up-and-coming Plastic Cup Boyz. The group, comprised of Jonathan Martin, Spank Horton and Na’im Lynn, have toured as the o…

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There will be laughs throughout the area during the first week of June. Here are your best bets: Two outrageous and hilarious national comedians headline a doublebill at the Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night at 8 p.m. June 1 in the Bear's Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. Boston native Nick DiPaolo has honed his biting, sarcastic point of view with appearances on “The To…

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Kyle Kinane hasn’t just been on Comedy Central with half-hour specials and appearances on shows like “@midnight” and “Drunk History.” He is the voice of Comedy Central, as you can hear him during channel promos and commercials. He returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club from May 18-20. The comedian is a popular guest on several podcasts with large follow…

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The start of summer at Helium Comedy Club means a boost in local laughs, as the downtown venue has announced the return of its “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” contest. Contest applications are now being accepted for the competition set to begin May 30. For professional or amateur comedians, winning the contest can boost a person's career. In addition to taking home a prize …

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Comedian Drew Lynch may have not always wanted a career telling jokes, but the “American’s Got Talent” standout recovered from a life-changing injury and embraced his new passion as he comes to Helium Comedy Club for five shows from April 20 to 22. A native of Indianapolis, Lynch originally moved to Los Angeles when he was 19 to become an actor. Life had other plans for…

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Latino comedian Carlos Mencia is set to visit Buffalo this weekend with five shows from March 9 to 11 at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). The veteran comic began rising through the ranks of the industry in the 1990s with appearances on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and cable stand-up showcases. Mencia’s 2002 special, “Take a Joke America,” earned him a new level of fa…

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Comedy impressionist Pablo Francisco will bring a variety of voices with him when he performs at Helium Comedy Club from March 2 to 4. The former “Mad TV” cast member is currently working on a new hour-long special to be recorded later this year, but he promises fans will hear some old favorites during his five shows in Buffalo. I caught up with Francisco during a recent p…

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Comedian Big Jay Oakerson has been earning rave reviews and getting noticed by his peers more and more. The co-host of Sirius XM’s “The Bonfire” with Dan Soder and the podcast “Legion of Skanks,” Oakerson had a hilarious weekend of shows the last time he was in Buffalo. He returns to Helium Comedy Club for five shows Feb. 23-25. Question: Are you looking forward to comi…

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You probably already have roses and chocolate for your valentine, but what can you do for a night out? Helium Comedy Club is combining love and laughter with a special Valentine’s Day show featuring comedian Tammy Pescatelli. A national audience discovered Pescatelli during her run on the NBC reality show, “Last Comic Standing.” The “American Idol”-type show featured a …

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Tickets are going fast for Mike Birbiglia, the popular storytelling comedian who returns to Buffalo’s Helium Comedy for a limited engagement Feb. 3 and 4. As a comedian, Birbiglia is known for telling deeply personal and often embarrassing stories on stage.  Whenever he gets to a point in the story that reflects negatively on him, Birbiglia will often briefly pause and …

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Back in the ’90s, Rolling Stone called Florida State University student Bert Kreischer “the top partier … (at) the top party school in the U.S.” The story became the inspiration for the 2002 film “Van Wilder,” while Kreischer kept the fun going with reality TV shows and stand-up comedy. His comedy resembles a party too, as Kreischer often delivers his jokes bare-chested. K…

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New Jersey comedian Rich Vos is ready to bring his blunt, everyman commentary to Buffalo to ring in the New Year, as he headlines five shows at Helium from Dec. 29 to 31. “It’s a great club,” Vos said during a recent phone interview. “I’m more of a summer type of guy, but if I’m in the cold weather, I like to be working in a good club. One out of two ain’t bad.” A re…

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Many people remember Pauly Shore as the popular early '90s MTV personality and film comedy star, but before he dubbed himself “The Weasel,” he was a stand-up comedian. Shore is set to return to Buffalo for four shows at Helium Comedy Club on Dec. 16 and 17. You might even say Shore was born with stand-up comedy in his blood. His father, Sammy Shore, started the legendar…

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Growing up, Louie Gee was the class clown who considered stand-up comedy a bucket list item. Once he did it, Gee realized stand-up wasn’t as easy as he thought, but he refused to believe he couldn’t get better at it. Now the 32-year-old Buffalo resident is hosting the Dirty Dozen, a regular Helium Comedy Show featuring some of the area’s best comics telling their finest…

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Although her Comedy Central “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser” show was officially cancelled this month, the comedian is already looking ahead to the future. “Not Safe” was a platform for Glaser to explore common and uncommon perceptions about sex, and it’s an avenue she’d like to continue to explore, maybe in a scripted project. “I’ll always have a dark sexual element to everyt…