Buffalo comedians create comedy scene

By | August 24, 2009 at 11:32 am | 2 comments | News | Tags: , , , , ,

We always love hearing about stand-up comedy striving in areas where there is little to no mainstream scene to speak of. The Buffalo News ran a cover piece following the story of eight year veteran Kristen Becker and her group of comedy underlings: Mark Walton, Rick Matthews and Chet Wild. While Buffalo has only one comedy club in town, Rob’s Comedy Playhouse (a club ran out of  the back banquet room of a restaurant and only runs shows on Saturday nights), local comics have to work together and think creatively if they want to survive.

“We’re just going into bars and saying, ‘Hey, this is what we do and if you give us a shot, we think you’ll like it,’ ” Kristen Becker told the Bufalo News.

Becker hosts the area’s longest running comedy room, “The Doin’ Time Comedy Showcase” at Nietzsche’s in Allentown and since Buffalo has been lacking a free open mic room for up-and-comers to work on comedy, the previously mentioned comics are starting “Rust Belt Comedy Presents: Open Mic Comedy Night at Merge” to offer free stage time for Buffalo comics to work on their craft. Wild, who got his start after taking a comedy class Becker advertised on Craigslist, started the Rust Belt Comedy troupe, which caters to college audiences and tours campuses along the Rust Belt during the school year.

“We did four shows this spring.” said Wild. “I’d like to do six to eight college shows this fall, and then if we can do more next spring, the better.”

For information about this striving local stand-up scene, visit buffalocomedy.com, a site created by both Becker and Wild.

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  • Stacey Watson

    THANK YOU for recognizing the amazing talent in Buffalo – A few members of the Rust Belt Comedy Tour have been noted nationally. . .and when their busy schedules allow they are actually working hard to help Buffalo in other ways. . .recently Becker joined up with Ani Difranco’s Babeville (Becker has opened for Ani in Buffalo and NOLA), promoters, the film “Trouble the Water,” and the South Buffalo Education Center to bring a Labor Day weekend of comedy, film, art and Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans to help the small not-for-profit continue to help kids who have dropped out of high school, in addition – Chet developed a web site for the center….these comics use their talent to make a difference – so BRAVO. Good job Buffalo News and Punchline – way to find our stars!

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