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Over the past decade, the notion of geek fandom has expanded far beyond superhero comics and "Stars Wars"/"Star Trek" and into other genres. The boom in franchises and rise of social media has increased the intense passion of fans for whatever they love, and they wear their fandom loudly and proudly.  Fandom is dressing up as your favorite character, meeting the creator…

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Many international wrestling stars are set to return to Buffalo, as Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling begin their “War of the Worlds” tour at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at Buffalo RiverWorks. Now five years into its strategic partnership, the two companies are fresh off one of their biggest shows ever, as they joined forces to produce the sold-out G1 Supercard in Madison S…

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Funny business continues as the last weekend of March brings another group of talented comedians into Buffalo. Here are our picks for the week: Steve Rannazzisi returns to Buffalo to headline Helium Comedy Club for five shows March 28-30. The veteran comedian and star of the popular FX comedy series “The League” has written, produced and performed two Comedy Central spe…

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Winter drags on as does another frustrating Sabres season, but there's good comedy to lighten the moods in Buffalo for the week. Here are our picks: Stand-up comic Dan Soder returns to Helium Comedy Club to headline five shows March 21-23. Soder has released a few comedy specials, including “Not Special” on Comedy Central, and has lent his comedic talents to “Inside Amy…

There are lots of options if you want to include laughter in your St. Patrick’s Day weekend, as here are our picks for the week of March 14-20. Legendary veteran comedian John Witherspoon returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club. A native of Detroit, Witherspoon has been performing in entertainment for decades, and gained a new audience of fans with scene…

This weekend’s comedy lineup features a little drag, but offers plenty of options. Here’s our picks for March 7-9: Veteran comedian Christopher Titus comes to Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo for five shows March 7-9. Titus is acclaimed for his raw, emotional and biographical comedy, whether it’s onstage or when he produced and starred in his highly praised television show…

Ring in March with a roar of laughter with our comedy recommendations for the weekend: Rising comedian Ryan Hamilton comes to Buffalo to headline five shows at Helium Comedy Club. Hamilton has made several appearances on many of the top comedy shows over the past few years, including “Last Comic Standing,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Conan,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbe…

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There are lots of options for live comedy this weekend to help you close out February with big laughs. Here are our picks for the week: Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo will host Los Angeles comedian Samuel J. Comroe for six headlining shows Feb. 21-23. After a breakthrough performance on the TBS show “Conan,” Comroe has appeared on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywo…

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This week brings laughs and loves with a few Valentine’s Day comedy shows in Buffalo. Here’s what we have our eye on this weekend: For those looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas, comedian Steve Byrne begins his headlining weekend with a special show at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, and stand-up shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16. A diverse performer who created and sta…

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If the winter weather is driving you stir crazy, there are several great options for comedy in Buffalo this weekend. Here are our picks: Comedian and “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Drew Lynch is set to headline five shows from Feb. 7 to 9 at the downtown Buffalo club. Lynch had an unconventional path to success, initially moving to Los Angeles with aspirations of bein…

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The beginning of February brings another packed week of comedy for local fans. Here are three shows we have our eye on this weekend: To say Sebastian Maniscalco is popular around these parts would be an understatement. The comic has four headlining shows planned for Shea’s Performing Arts Center Feb. 1 and 2, and at this point, you will be lucky to find single seats to …

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The last week of January will prove to be major for local comedy fans, as several big acts will take the stages in several venues. Here’s what’s going on: Jerry Seinfeld returns to Buffalo with two sold-out shows at at 7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 26 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Seinfeld is one of the most successful and popular comedians in history, thanks in part to his cre…

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A diverse field of comedy comes to the area this week. Here's what we're eyeing up: D.L. Hughley returns to Buffalo for five shows over three nights at Helium Comedy Club, from Jan. 18 to 20. A veteran comedian, actor, writer and familiar voice for social commentary, Hughley has worked on stage, film, television, radio and literature. As of late, he is the host of the a…

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While lots of places slow down between Christmas and New Year’s, local comedy venues are expecting a big week with great shows planned. Here’s what we’re eyeing up this week: Buffalo comic Joe Pera has grown a devoted fan base over the past two years with appearances on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and his acclaimed Adult Swim show. The soft-spoken comic returns to Buf…

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It's the weekend before Christmas when all through Buffalo, audiences will be laughing to a mix of national headliners and native comedians home for the holidays. Here’s a look at the comedy lineup this week: Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo will feature two headliners over three nights Dec. 20-22. HBO “All Def Comedy” performer and viral video comic Ryan Davis will perfor…