Homegrown October

A Selection of Buffalo's Best & Brightest

Brandon Trusso
Brandon Trusso made his way into comedy scene in 2007 and has since opened for such acts as Ralphie May, Jessimae Peluso, Brad Williams, Rich Vos, Brian Dunkleman, Tommy Davidson, and Tammy Pescatelli. Brandon was a guest host for the Italian Bad Boys of Comedy Tour in 2015, featuring Frank Spadone, Luca Palanca, Michael "Wheels Parise" and Mike Marino. Brandon brings a unique, edgy style to the stage as he tells stories about his dating escapades, family life, and observational occurrences.


Upcoming shows:
Opening for Harland Williams

Gary Wallace
This guy hails from Niagara Falls, has some really bad children, and an odd obsession with Little Debbie snacks. Also his British accent is to die for. Gary also cooks a mean pork chop and has been performing comedy for only one year.

Video | @Theegarywallace

Upcoming shows:
The Dirty Dozen

Clayton Williams
Though he has only been doing comedy for five years, Clayton Williams has opened up for three pro wrestlers and a magician! He's also performed with the likes of Judah Friedlander, Michael Ian Black and more, and can be seen performing all over Western New York.


Upcoming shows:
Night of the Laughing Dead

Kevin Thomas Jr.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. began stand-up in the fall of 2014 at a Helium open mic night. From that first time, he started to hit as many open mics as he could. In 2016, he won Helium’s Buffalo’s Funniest Person Contest. He has opened for Adam Ferrera, Caroline Rhea, Gary Gulman, and Lachlan Patterson at Helium and has been on the club’s various showcases. Locally, Kevin runs a bi-monthly showcase, Laugh & Other Drugs, at the legendary Babeville venue. Off stage, Kevin is a husband and father of two. When he isn’t moonlighting as a comedian, he teaches English.


Upcoming shows:
Open Mic

Senneca Stone
Comedian Senneca Stone grew up in a small town, with a family that was as dysfunctional as it was destitute. Through all of this Senneca has managed to find a way to make everyone laugh with him about it. Regularly performing in Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA has garnered Senneca an audience that is pleased hear about his humorous shortcomings and troubled upbringing. His sharp delivery, smart jokes, and fun approach to sometimes dark situations complement how likable he is on stage. He has opened for comedians Tony Hinchcliffe, Matt Braunger, Kevin Brennan, and David Gborie. He has also been lucky enough to recently be bumped from work with Tom Green at the Pittsburgh Improv. If you get an opportunity to see Senneca Stone, do it.


Upcoming shows:
Open Mic

Chris Plumer
Chris Plumer is born and raised in Buffalo, NY. The "Saccharine Kid" started out at open mics in 2012. He has been all over the Buffalo scene at DIY shows as well as working at Helium Comedy Club for showcases like, Comedy Smackdown and The Dirty Dozen. He has hosted for comedians Sean Patton and Rich Vos as well as being the host of Buffalo's first Roast Battle competition this past summer.


Upcoming shows:
Opening for Carly Aquilino

Tony Pusateri
Tony Pusateri has been performing comedy for 14 years and still isn’t very good at it. How he has been able to perform in comedy clubs and theatres across the country is mind boggling, but he has been on some of the biggest stages in the comedy world. He takes it one show at a time and hopes that the audience is kind and understanding. Most of his jokes are about his wife and kids so be ready for a lot of that. He also talks about his new job on the radio. He is the co-host of ‘Because I Said So’ with Val Townsend and Tony P on Mix96.1. Locally, Tony P is a regular at Helium Comedy Club and Rob’s Comedy Playhouse. Nationally, he has played clubs, theatres, and casinos around the country. Fictionally, he has 2 HBO specials, and an appearance on The Tonight Show. Truthfully, he hopes you come to the show and are kind and understanding.

Video | @comictonyp | tonypcomedy.com

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic Writers Bloc

Liam Patrick
Age: 27 | South Buffalo, NY | 4-Year Comic | Reigning #RoastBattleBuffalo Champion | "Some people hate me, some people love me. Just f*cking around, David Duchovny." - Liam Patrick


Upcoming shows:
Opening for Sam Morril, Opening for JB Smoove

Louie Gee
Louie Gee brings a very fun personality to stage as he discusses his personal life with no lines that won't be crossed. He's the best dancer out of all of Buffalo's comedians that are white and over 200lbs. Finally learned to tie his shoes at age 7. Louie has been known to be great with his fans. Louie has been doing comedy for 6 years, and is a mainstay at Helium Comedy Club. He has not only opened for the likes of Robert Kelly, Josh Wolf, Sarah Colonna, and others, but also MC's the monthly "Dirty Dozen" show.

Video | @louiegatbs

Upcoming shows:
Night of the Laughing Dead

Jameel Key
Jameel Key started performing comedy around 5 years ago when Helium Comedy Club opened and has been grinding hard at it ever since. Jameel has performed at various clubs in the U.S. and Canada.

Video | @jdash1

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic

Phil Machemer
Phil Machemer is a stand up comic from Buffalo, NY and has been performing since 2009. He has recently worked with Gilbert Gottfried and Aries Spears. He also hosts a monthly showcase at Revolution Gallery also located in Buffalo. In his spare time he has 2 young children and is the owner of a vinyl record shop.

Video | @philmachemer

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic

Jesse Winterhalter
Jesse Winterhalter moved to Buffalo in late 2013 and started performing comedy at the Helium open mic. He was immediately hooked, obsessively writing and seeking out stage time anywhere and everywhere. Often referred to as Buffalo's "comics comic", he is known for self-deprecation, enthusiastic rants and being able to stay likeable to crowds with sometimes very dark material. Jesse has opened weekends for Carlos Mencia and Bobby Kelly, headlined This Is A Comedy Show! at the Tralf Theatre, performed on Helium's Best of Buffalo showcases, as well as countless other Helium and other prominent Buffalo comedy showcases.

Video | @jrwinterhalter

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic, Horrible People

Rick Matthews
Rick Matthews is born and raised in Western NY. Taking what that region has taught him, he is hard working, gritty and destined to be in second place. His family, past, and full length mirror give him all he needs to keep crowds relating and amused. He has toured with Jim Norton, and has performed for numerous clubs, casinos, colleges, and festivals across the U.S.. He also is the creator of Comics Against Humanity, a popular comedy show based off the game "Cards Against Humanity" that is now featured at other Helium clubs

Video | @_RickMatthews

Upcoming shows:
Featuring for Sam Morril, Featuring for JB Smoove, Comics Against Humanity