August 3-7

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

Comedy Center

Lucy Fest celebrates a pair of anniversaries this summer: it’s the thirtieth year that Jamestown has hosted its gathering of name comedians, as well as the 101st year since Lucille Ball was born. (Last year’s centennial festivities had to be scaled down along with everything else, of course.) This year’s roster includes Jeff “You Might Be a Redneck” Foxworthy, trailblazing comedian and activist Margaret Cho, and a trio of SNL vets from the 1990s—David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Kevin Nealon. In between sets, enjoy Lucy-centric activities, including costume and trivia contests, bus and steamboat tours of both Jamestown and Ball’s hometown of Celeron, and meals and concerts inside a recreation of Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana Club. And if you still haven’t toured the technologically stunning Comedy Center yet, now’s your chance; members will even get a tour of archives not usually on public display.—Ron Ehmke


National Comedy Center, (203 West Second Street, Jamestown), 484-080



July 1-2


A dominant force in the comedy circuit, Godfrey has been seen on stages worldwide. Along with his own Comedy Central special, Godfrey’s onscreen credits include Zoolander, 30 Rock, and Louie

7:30 and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


July 1, August 5

7&7 Comedy at Casey’s Black Rock

Shannon Dawn and Tyrone Maclin present seven hilarious comics, each doing a seven-minute set on the night’s theme. 

9 p.m., Casey’s Black Rock

(484 Amherst St.), 436-6959


July 7-9

Nick Mullen

Comedian Nick Mullen cites his early exposure to what he considers the “true” internet, the unsupervised anonymous era to which today’s censored version pales in comparison, as the reason for his current sense of humor and personality. 

8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club,

7:30 and 10 p.m. on July 8 and 9

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


July 9

Clint Coley

Clint Coley is this era’s new breed of do-it-all comedy stars. He is creator and executive producer of The World of Series of Spades, creator and host of Advice from a F*ck Boy podcast, and has written, produced, and starred in various short films. 

8 p.m., the 9th Ward

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue), 852-3835


July 15-16

Barrel of Laughs:

Carlos Mencia

Funnyman Carlos Mencia is always edgy, passionate, and entertaining. 

8 p.m., The Bear’s Den,

Seneca Niagara Casino

(310 4th Street, Niagara Falls), 299-1100


July 15-17

Adele Givens

Powerful, bawdy, and energetic, Adele Givens brings the heat when she hits the stage. Her personal stories leave audiences in stitches, earning her the nickname “The Queen of Comedy.”

7:30 and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 7 p.m. on July 17

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


July 22

Jay Leno

Acclaimed late-night TV host, stand-up comedian, best-selling author, and philanthropist Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Leno isn’t afraid to talk about current affairs or satirize public figures but does it with a twinkle in his eye that never comes off mean-spirited. 

8:15 p.m., Chautauqua Amphitheater

(31 Roberts Avenue, Mayville), 357-6250


July 22-23

Pauly Shore

Comedian and actor Pauly Shore first rose to fame in the 1990s as star of MTV’s Totally Pauly. Since then, he’s starred in and produced his own Showtime projects, including Adopted, Vegas is My Oyster, and Pauly-Tics.

7:30 and 10 p.m., Helium

Comedy Club

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


July 28-30

Sam Morril

One of the fastest-rising stand-up comics in New York City and a regular on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, Sam Morril has performed multiple sets on popular shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late, Late Show with James Corden, and Conan. His 2020 stand-up special, I Got This, garnered over 1.5 million views in the first two weeks of its release.

8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club,

7:30 and 10 p.m. on July 29 and 30

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


July 28-29

Colin Jost

After graduating from Harvard, Colin Jost began writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, and has been co-anchor of Weekend Update since 2014. Now serving as head writer of SNL, Jost has won five Writers Guild Awards, two Peabody Awards, and has been nominated for twelve Emmy awards.

8:30 p.m., Fallsview Casino Resort, 9 p.m. on July 29

(6380 Fallsview Boulevard,

Niagara Falls, ON),



August 3-7

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

The thirtieth annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival features Jeff Foxworthy, an unprecedented Legends of SNL show featuring David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Kevin Nealon, and more than fifty additional events in Jamestown, NY. Check the website for a full schedule.

National Comedy Center

(203 West Second Street, Jamestown), 484-0800


August 20

Eddie B. “Teachers Only Comedy Tour”

Eddie B.’s series of comic videos titled “What Teachers Really Want to Say,” sparked the attention of educators all over the country who realized they finally had someone to joke about the things they were reluctant to say aloud. Shortly after, Eddie decided to take his videos to the stage and sold out comedy clubs, theaters, and arenas. He continued performing virtually over the past two years, but is ready to bring back his unfiltered comedy in person!

8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre 

(Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst), 645-6915


August 23

Nick Colletti

With his natural charm and raw talent, Nick Colletti is quickly emerging as one of Hollywood’s most dynamic and sought-after comedians. He can currently be seen in Facebook Watch’s comedy hit, The Real Bros of Simi Valley, a faux-reality show about four best friends navigating life in Simi Valley. 

7:15 p.m., Helium Comedy Club

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


August 25-27

Josh Blue

Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Most recently, Josh debuted a new special, Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, to rave reviews of both fans and critics.

8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club,

7:30 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 27

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


August 26

Bill Burr

Grammy-nominated comedian Bill Burr is one of the top comedic voices of his generation, having achieved success in TV and film as well as on stage. Bill sells out venues internationally and his Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts.  

8 p.m., KeyBank Center

(1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza), 855-4444


August 29

Doug Stanhope

“If there’s such a thing as being too honest in comedy, Doug Stanhope might come close,” writes Timeout Chicago. Comedian, author, political activist, and podcast host Stanhope’s material favors caustic and often obscene life observations.

7:15 p.m., Helium Comedy Club

(30 Mississippi Street), 853-1211


August 30

Stoogefest 30th Anniversary

Celebrate thirty years of Stoogefest with host Lenny Potwara. This family-friendly event features seven Three Stooges films, prize drawings, and more.

7:30 p.m., Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda), 692-2413


Wednesdays through July

Milkie’s Comedy Open Mic

Join host Jesse Winterhalter every Wednesday for drinks and laughs at the home of Lance Diamond’s ghost. Sign-up sheet goes out around 7:30 p.m.; show starts around 8 p.m.

8 p.m., Milkie’s Elmwood Lounge

(522 Elmwood Avenue), 882-5881



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