For Donnelly, road to diaconate was a journey of faith
WNY Catholic 5/22/15

When Peter Donnelly turns 48 later this month, his birthday celebration will include one of the most unique gifts he's ever received in his life, and it's a spiritual one. 

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J.B. Smoove is a comedic tornado in high-energy show
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 5/22/15

A ball of kinetic energy by the name of J.B. Smoove rolled through Helium Comedy Club and broke the audience in half Thursday night, during the first of five shows running through Saturday.

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Radio guy Josh Potter takes to the stage for Edge Comedy Night
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 5/21/15

Josh Potter continues his work as a producer on “The Shredd and Ragan Show,” a nighttime DJ slot from 7 to 10 p.m., and “The Stage Time Podcast” he co-hosts with Rick Matthews on the Trending Buffalo network. He’s also a stand-up comic. He will perform on the monthly “Edge Comedy Night” May 27 in Helium Comedy Club along with James Kurdziel and headliner Marianne Sierk.

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JB Smoove headlines six shows in Helium
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 5/20/15

Comedian JB Smoove had a solid career going for himself in the early 2000s, performing stand-up comedy in clubs and late-night talk shows, while appearing in small roles in various movies, and writing for “Saturday Night Live.” His breakout moment was his role as Leon Black on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where he really brought the ruckus, offering sage (though occasionally ill-advised) advice for Larry David. It introduced the high-energy and profane comic to a whole new audience.

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith answers fan questions with aplomb
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 5/17/15

Clad in his trademark blue and orange “Fatman” hockey sweater (jersey number 37), Kevin Smith answered fan questions with Hollywood aplomb Sunday night during the first of his four sold-out shows at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo. His remaining two sold-out shows are Monday night.

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Bobby Collins heads to Rob's Comedy Playhouse
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 5/13/15

As the former host of VH1’s “Comedy Spotlight,” Bobby Collins is old school enough to tour with acts like Frank Sinatra and Cher, while continuing to remain relevant by working with Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon.

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Kevin Smith to play four sold-out shows at Helium
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 5/12/15

When Kevin Smith made his breakthrough with the 1994 indie movie “Clerks,” the writer-director immediately and firmly established his persona: the verbose slacker obsessed by niche pop culture. But when Dante and Randal started debating plot points in the “Star Wars” movies, it was hard to remember that the space opera franchise (and its merchandise) had essentially vanished from the public’s eye at the time. Smith was one of the people who helped it roar back to life.

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St. Rose of Lima community supports life, marriage
WNY Catholic 4/25/15

More than a hundred people went to Mass first thing Saturday morning in North Buffalo; not just for the Eucharist, but also to show support for the Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Bishop Richard J. Malone noted the consistent attacks on pro-life beliefs and traditional marriage resembled the work of Satan as he presided over a Rosary Novena for Life and March for Marriage celebration at St. Rose of Lima Parish. 

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Katrina Brown looks to life for laughs
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 4/22/15

Comedian Katrina Brown is not afraid to speak her mind. A married mother of two boys, Brown has performed throughout “middle” America for years and she loves it.

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'SNL' alum Tim Meadows gives audiences a glimpse of the man behind the characters
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 4/16/15

For his first time in Buffalo, “Saturday Night Live” veteran Tim Meadows was greeted with such rapturous applause that it surprised even him.

“That’s amazing,” he said. “I should just leave on that note.” 

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Tim Meadows to play Helium Comedy Club
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 4/13/15

By the time he left NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in 2000, Tim Meadows became the show’s longest tenured performer with 10 seasons. Now he brings his stand-up show to Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo this week.

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'Sullivan & Son' star heads to Helium
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 4/8/15

After graduating from Kent State, Steve Byrne moved back to New York City to crash on his parents couch and get a job. He ended up working at Caroline’s, which was his introduction to stand-up comedy. Once he actually got on stage, he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

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Church renews itself with Easter Vigil
WNY Catholic 4/4/15

As Holy Week began to draw to a close, Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed the celebration of the Resurrection during an Easter Vigil at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo Saturday night.

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It will be a (comedic) battle to the death
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 4/2/15

“Frank Dates” author and former WGR 550 AM personality Greg Bauch tortures himself for our entertainment on a weekly basis with his “Bachelor” recaps for Trending Buffalo.

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Big screens, recliners, & lots of popcorn: A dedicated filmgoer rates Buffalo's cinemas
Buffalo Spree April 2015

Spree took a stab at examining Western New York’s multiple connections with the film world in 2004, but we knew we’d have to revisit this fascinating and fun topic. And who better to orchestrate a thorough examination of the local film scene and its international connections than former senior editor Christopher Schobert, who still writes for us as well as contributes film criticism to the Buffalo News and other publications. In the April 2015 issue of Spree, readers will learn all about locally made movies, our region’s movie culture, and WNY movie people in its pages. It will bring back memories, reveal surprising facts, and get you excited about Buffalo as a bigger movie town than you ever imagined.

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10 things you should know about Holy Week
WNY Catholic 3/27/15

One of the most important times of the year for Catholics is Holy Week, an eight-day period beginning on Palm Sunday, filled with religious symbolism, ceremony, obligation and renewal leading up to the end of Lent and Easter Sunday. There are some Catholics that know about much of the meaning behind Holy Week, and there are others who may only know the basic story of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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Catching up with Steve Rannazzisi
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 3/26/15

As the hapless league commissioner Kevin McArthur on FXX’s “The League,” Steve Rannazzisi is used to fans asking him fantasy football advice in real life, questions he admittedly gets pretty tired of answering. “You really do,” he said in a recent phone interview. “It happens a lot, and during the football season, it’s insane. Football season is when I pretend to care about other people’s fantasy teams, and it’s when I do my best acting. It’s like listening to people’s dreams: Nobody cares but them.”

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Midnight laughs at Helium Comedy Club
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 3/5/15

With February recording its coldest month ever, even a place like Hell can seem enticing. New York City comedians Matt Wayne and Doug Smith are hoping that’s the case, as they bring their “See You in Hell” show to Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.) at midnight Saturday. Tickets for the show are $10 to $18.

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Life fuels comedy for Jeremy Hotz
Buffalo News/Buffalo.com 3/4/15

Jeremy Hotz has used the transgressions of his everyday life to fuel his comedy for almost 30 years now. A native of Ottawa, Hotz has ridden the frustrations of the world to great success, with appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show” and his own Comedy Central special. He brings his stand-up act to Helium Comedy Club (www.heliumcomedy.com) for five shows Thursday through Saturday.

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