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The National Comedy Center in Jamestown says it welcomed 66,044 visitors in its first 15 months, delivering a significant economic impact to Western New York. The museum attracted visitors from all 50 states and 18 countries, with 89% of the visitors coming from outside Chautauqua County. "We are very pleased with our attendance to date, which is fully on track to de…

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The Great Performances Series at SUNY Buffalo State brings two shows to the Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center stage this weekend. Kim Waters, master of the jazz saxophone, performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 22, accompanied by his daughter keyboardist Kayla Waters. Waters is a founding member of the Sax Pack and has built his reputation on compositions that blend R&B and jazz f…

Amherst

Rosemary Maloney-Hoffman is undeterred. She still believes in magic, even as the rest of Western New York is taking down the last soggy, windblown remnants of Halloween. Throughout her life, magic has transcended seasons. Certainly, it explains why Rosemary would join her parents in dressing up as clowns each year for Halloween while she was growing up in Cheektowaga. O…

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Would injury attorneys Cellino & Barnes go to bat for people chomped by a man-eating plant? This is the weekend to find out, when the comic legal pseudo-bio "Cellino v. Barnes" and the sci-fi horticultural musical "Little Shop of Horrors" arrive for limited runs in Buffalo's Theater District. The lawyers land first, in the form of Mike B. Breen and David Rafailedes,…

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More than 30 years ago, stand-up comedian Joel Hodgson created a unique comedy show for a St. Paul, Minn., television station. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured Hodgson and a pair of robots forced to watch old B-movies, with only their running commentary keeping them sane. MST3K became a cult TV show, moved to cable networks like Comedy Central and Syfy, and even pro…

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If there's one week to break your dinner routine - if you have such a thing - it's this week. On Tuesday, Oct. 1 alone, Buffalo eaters can support HIV/AIDS sufferers by simply dining at one of 80 local restaurants - at lunch, too, for many participants - and then cap the evening with the final Food Truck Tuesday of the season. Then rebound like a champ by backing Crisis…

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Carol Burnett's patented Tarzan yell was loud enough on her variety show to put the jungle call made by the Tarzan actors of her day, from Gordon Scott to Ron Ely, to shame. It was one of the quirky features TV viewers came to expect when they tuned to "The Carol Burnett Show," which ran Saturday nights on CBS for 11 years from 1967 to 1978. When Burnett called it quits…

Art

Every edition of the Three Stooges Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre includes a trivia contest, so, with the 28th anniversary edition of the comic event this weekend, it's time to practice. Some questions are pretty easy: How many Stooges were there? (Six, but purists only count four – Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp.) Who was Moe's famous cousin-in-law? (Harry Houdini.) Wh…

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The first time I saw a photo of David Letterman's face - with that big goofy smile and that gap the size of the Bosphorus between his two front teeth -? I thought "Alfred E. Neuman lives." Once upon a time, that was a universal reference. No more. When septuagenarian Donald Trump wanted to take a swipe at the naive affect of Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, he sai…

Buffalo

Harry Stinson has lowered his sights on his Buffalo Grand Hotel, though he's still keen on the project. The Canadian developer – who bought the former Adam's Mark Hotel a year ago – still wants his $30 million transformation to raise the bar on the quality and service of the city's largest hotel. But after spending the past year getting to know both the hotel and the…

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During her long-running television variety program, "The Carol Burnett Show," the legendary comedian often engaged in a live question-and-answer session with her studio audience. You never knew what was going to be said. Now, Buffalo-area fans will have that same opportunity when the legendary comedian visits Shea's Buffalo Theatre for an event at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. "…

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I was having coffee with a friend when Colin Mochrie called me. I excused myself, said something about having to do an interview, and stepped out to answer the phone. When I came back, she asked, “Who were you talking to?” “Colin Mochrie,” I said. “He’s from ‘Whose Line Is –” “YOU WERE?” she said, cutting me off before I could get out the full name of the ABC tele…

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Buffalonians tend to hold grudges in some areas - the New England Patriots, ranch dressing on wings and Shaggy - yet are more forgiving in others. We'll see how the city responds to pop superstar Justin Timberlake when he performs in KeyBank Center after postponing twice late last year and a third just five years ago. In 2015, WYRK's Rob Banks teased a Justin Timberlake…

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Los Angeles comedian Steve Rannazzisi, known from his stint as the commissioner for fantasy football show "The League," visited Buffalo from March 28-30. Here's the scene from Friday, March 29, 2019 in Helium Comedy Club.