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This December week sees a stronger than usual lineup of comedy in the Buffalo area. Here are our picks for the weekend: If you’re a fan of Ilana Glazer, we hope you already got tickets to her four shows at Helium Comedy Club Dec. 7-8, because they’ve been sold out for a while. What’s the big deal? Glazer is the producer and star of Comedy Central’s acclaimed “Broad C…

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Tom Green, the Canadian comedian who pushed the boundaries of good taste with his sketch talk show on MTV in 2000, continues to thrive onstage as a stand-up personality. Green returns to Buffalo for four shows at Helium Comedy Club Nov. 23 and 24. The comic said he's looking forward to returning to Buffalo, and his cherry milk stout beer will be available to drink at He…

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Last time Bill Engvall was in the Buffalo area was just prior to the 2016 presidential election. Now he returns to North Tonawanda’s Riviera Theatre on Nov. 18, just after the hotly contested midterms. Despite the coincidental timing, Engvall promises audiences a hilarious break from all the national debate. “In my show, there is no politics,” Engvall said during a rece…

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The second week of November brings a packed week of comedy in the Buffalo area. Here are the shows we’re eyeing up this week: Whether you know him from stand-up, his work on the influential cult sketch series “Mr. Show” or his numerous roles in movies and television programs, David Cross is one of the pillars of modern comedy. Cross’ sardonic style was a key element in …

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Street parking might become more limited in November, but not comedy, as a full lineup is set to perform throughout the Buffalo area during the first weekend of the month. Here’s what we’re eyeing up: Theo Von will headline five stand-up comedy shows from Nov. 1-3 at Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo. Von has his own Netflix comedy special, “No Offense,” and is the…

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It’s Halloween weekend in the City of Good Neighbors, and there are several fun comedy shows scheduled for both tricks and treats. Here’s our preview: New York City comedian Andrew Schulz brings a brash, streetwise edge to his stand-up, as he’s set to headline five shows at Helium Comedy Club. Schulz is the co-host of “The Brilliant Idiots” podcast and has also appeared…

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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…