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The annual Lucy Fest and opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown features a vast array of funny talent, but if you’re looking to stick around Buffalo this weekend, here are a few recommendations for where to laugh. Stand-up comedian Gary Owen is set to return to Helium Comedy Club for five shows over three nights from Aug. 2 to 4. Owen has appealed to diverse…

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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Unique perspectives on comedy highlight the week of July 19-25. Here’s what we’re eyeing up for big laughs this week: You can’t write about the history of comedy in Buffalo without mentioning Rob Lederman, the veteran entertainer who has  survived several local booms and busts over the years. Lederman has become an audience favorite through regular gigs, fundraising app…

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Beat the heat with friends, food and fun with a funny lineup of comedy in mid-July. Here’s what we have our eye on this week: Helium gets the week started July 12 with another round of “Comics Against Humanity,” a monthly local showcase with a twist. Host and former “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” winner Rick Matthews brings each comic to the stage and draws a selection fro…

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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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Comedy comes naturally to Kenmore native Brooke Cartus. In fact, she wishes somebody had told her that long ago, as it could have saved a couple of years. She returns home to Buffalo to perform stand-up comedy on May 26 at Alleyway Theatre. “I’m so excited to be back,” Cartus said during a recent phone interview from her home in Columbus, Ohio. She’ll also be celebratin…

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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…

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This year is shaping up to be a good one for comedian Brian Posehn. After a 2017 that saw the release of his special, “25x2,” his “Dungeons and Dragons” inspired podcast “Nerd Poker” is still going strong, he’s putting the finishing touches on his first book “Forever Nerdy,” and he’s even eyeing a new special. Posehn returns to Buffalo for four shows over two nights …

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Known for his work on “The State” and “Wet Hot American Summer,” Michael Ian Black has brought his comedy talents to movies, TV, books, podcasts and the stand-up stage. His eighth children’s book, “I Am Sad,” is set for release in June. Black returns to Buffalo for five shows, March 29 to 31, in Helium Comedy Club. Question: When you did a previous show in Buffalo, you …

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Canadian comedian Ron James is an enduring entertainer in his home country, but that doesn’t mean he’s not above touring the United States with a show booked on Jan. 26 at the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. It also doesn’t hurt to visit the warmer states this time of year for a break from the cold Canadian winter. “I’m pretty good at freeloading when you ha…

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In a time where the news from Washington seems to dominate the conversation, comedian Josh Wolf promises to offer audiences a few hours of politics-free fun when he returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club from Jan. 11 to 13. That doesn’t mean he isn’t nervous though. “I heard it was really cold,” Wolf said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angele…

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As Buffalo bears down to endure another cold, snowy winter, it’s easy to fall into dour and grouchy behavior. Comedian, entertainer and Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique is headed to Kleinhans Music Hall on Jan. 6 to open 2018 with a show that looks to lift hearts and temperatures … in the room, at least. “I’m going to tell you something, this show is going to be s…

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The New Year is coming in hot with a number of comedy shows this week. Here are our weekend picks: There are comedians with unique voices, and then there’s Emo Philips. The floppy-haired, soft-spoken veteran has entertained audiences for decades, and he returns to Buffalo for four shows at Helium Comedy Club on Jan. 4 and 5. Philips has recorded several stand-up albums …

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As 2017 comes to a close, several local comedy venues are primed to help you laugh your way into the New Year. Babeville’s long-running comedy showcase series “Laugh and Other Drugs” returns for a special “It’s a Wonderful Laugh” holiday edition at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. Hosted by Kevin Thomas Jr., the December edition features a mix of local and native Buffalo talent, home fo…