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By Mark Ciemcioch » Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Many people know Jay Chandrasekhar primarily as a member of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard (formed when they were all students at Colgate University), but the writer, actor and director had started performing stand-up comedy even before then. He describes his stand-up as “a series of stories,” and the... Read More

By Mark Ciemcioch » Thursday, June 16, 2016

On June 17, Niagara River Cruises and Twin Cities Comedy are presenting a 90-minute entertainment showcase featuring some of Buffalo’s hottest comics as the audience sails up the Niagara River. Comedy night on the Queen of Peace boat is one of Niagara River Cruise’s latest ways to find unique ways for  people to... Read More

By Mark Ciemcioch » Thursday, June 16, 2016

There were several strong performances at Helium Comedy Club, but in the end, it was English teacher Kevin Thomas Jr. who took home the crown of “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” Wednesday night. Thomas, 29, has only been performing comedy for a year and a half, but you couldn’t tell Wednesday night because of his... Read More

By Matt Chandler » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

With his pork chop sideburns, sequined jumpsuits and ever-present guitar, Roy Wayne Farris, better known to millions of wrestling fans as the Honky Tonk Man, carved out a career as one of the most entertaining wrestlers of his time. Farris took time to talk on the phone about his career, memories of Buffalo and his... Read More

By Mark Ciemcioch » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

“Chelsea Lately” favorite and prolific laugh creator Heather McDonald is set to headline five shows at Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo from June 16-18. McDonald worked as a performer, staff writer and story producer throughout Chelsea Handler’s seven-year run as host of E’s late-night show, “Chelsea... Read More

By Mark Ciemcioch » Monday, June 13, 2016

Eight comedians will compete for the title of “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” and a $1,200 grand prize during the championship finals at 8 p.m. June 15 at Helium Comedy Club. The contest, which was open to all Buffalo-area residents, began June 1 with a total of 73 people competing through three rounds. Winning the... Read More

By Mark Ciemcioch » Tuesday, June 7, 2016

With a soft-spoken demeanor emanating from a head framed by two wide eyes and mop hair, comedian Emo Philips is memorable before he even finishes his first punch line. The veteran comic headlines a weekend of shows from June 9 to 11 at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). A Chicago native, Philips was one of the... Read More

By Mark Ciemcioch » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tommy Davidson, comedian and entertainer who first rose to prominence on the '90s sketch show “In Living Color,” returns to Buffalo to perform five stand-up shows at Helium Comedy Memorial Day weekend. As a young comic, Davidson was noticed by comedian-producer Keenan Ivory Wayans, who invited him to audition for... Read More

By Mark Ciemcioch » Monday, May 23, 2016

It sounds clichéd to say, but to truly realize how sharp, clever and intelligent Dave Chappelle is as a comedian, you had to be there. “There” was Shea’s Performing Arts Center, where Chappelle performed two shows to a sold-out audience Sunday. Much has been said about the concert’s “no cellphone rule”... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dave Chappelle is bringing his comedy – his world-class, cutting-edge, A-list-celeb-quality material – to Buffalo this weekend.That’s cool.Chappelle’s Sunday shows at Shea’s Performing Arts Center came as a surprise. The “pop-up” gigs, as they’re called, were announced only earlier this week. The initial... Read More

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