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Tim O'Shei

Tim O'Shei is a features reporter for The Buffalo News. He's been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering pop culture, business, sports, politics and more. He's also the author of more than 60 books for children.


Bills

Several days ago, Tony Bellissimo was part of a cast rehearsing in a New York City-area arena with Justin Timberlake. They were getting ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minnesota, where Timberlake will perform the halftime show and Bellissimo will be one of his 30 backup dancers. During a break, Bellissimo and the guys around him got to talking. From the arena floor, th…

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She’s so cheery and bubbly when she says this, you have to remind yourself that the thought is deep. “Am I doing enough for the world?” Tracey B. Wilson wondered aloud. She is in Buffalo to talk about her movie, “Trew Calling,” which begins a full run Feb. 2 at Dipson McKinley in Blasdell. Wilson, who grew up in Orchard Park and now lives in New York City, is sitting…

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NEW YORK CITY — An SUV pulls to the curb in lower Manhattan, and out steps Fern Mallis. She knows what’s next: Photographers gather and ask her to pose. Mallis obliges. She tucks her hands into the pockets of her leather coat. She is wearing three necklaces – a leather tassel, a small red enamel heart, and Venus of Hohle Fels figurine of a woman – all made by friends. Mall…

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Here’s a simple theory on the success of the Impractical Jokers: It’s about being vulnerable. This weekend, the Jokers – four Staten Island guys in their early 40s – will draw a pair of packed crowds to their two Saturday evening performances at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. They’ll show video clips from their smash-hit TruTV series, which is based on pranks and pun…

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Brian Moorman is selling real estate in Florida. It’s a job and lifestyle a thousand miles removed from his previous one: punter for the Buffalo Bills. After his 13-year National Football League career ended in 2013, Moorman moved with his wife, Amber, and their young son Cooper to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., a waterfront community just outside Jacksonville. It is almos…

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A Town of Tonawanda native took over Walter Cronkite's chair. A Canadian rock star who we embraced as our own breathed his last breath, but only after inspiring so many. Our art, from a city wall to silver screens everywhere, celebrated civil rights and the pursuit of freedom. Famous faces came to town. Familiar faces shifted on our TV screens. Favorite spots, for both foo…

Local News

Karin Housley for some time has been mulling the idea of running for governor of her home state, Minnesota. But when her husband, Phil Housley, was hired last June to become coach of the Buffalo Sabres, she tabled the idea – at least temporarily. But now, as a new political opportunity has arisen from the impending resignation of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Housley has d…

Featured

John LaFalce was sitting near a window inside Chef’s Restaurant, his back to the wall, which allowed him to easily survey the place. The 78-year-old former congressman, who has spent most of his life in Democratic politics, was expecting company. Minutes later, a man in a navy blue suit and white shirt walked up. LaFalce, who wore a similar uniform – navy pinstriped sui…

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In his early 20s, Max Schneider was balancing a musical career with acting gigs. For an artist “teetering between both worlds,” he landed a nice role a few years ago: Schneider played the songwriter Van Dyke Parks in “Love & Mercy,” the 2014 biopic of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson. But it’s that role that convinced him to leave acting – save for a glittery, Lenny K…

Latest Sabres

LAKELAND, Minn. – The words above the fireplace appear to be a Bible verse: VELIS ET REMIS 12:1. They are not. The words are Latin, the numbers represent a date, and though the message is not drawn from the Bible, it may as well be. In the life of Karin and Phil Housley, velis et remis has been a biblical philosophy. It’s what drove them to stay together 35 years ago, w…

Local News

It almost happened here. Last Tuesday afternoon, a lone gunman approached a Dollar General store in Cheektowaga. He wore an armored vest and camouflage and fired 20 rounds from an AR-15. This story – or at least variations of it – has been told far too often across America in recent years. Mass shootings have shaken our country. This week, it nearly shook us at ho…

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On an evening last August, a lithe middle-age man with reddish-brown punk-rock hair climbed into an Uber. The driver looked at his rider with a glint of recognition. “Are you Ron Hawkins?” he asked. The rider affirmed it. He was, indeed, the Ron Hawkins, lead singer and co-founder of the seminal Canadian indie-punk band, Lowest of the Low. The band that started in 1991,…

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Doug Allen walked into KeyBank Center Tuesday night wearing a warm jacket over his black-and-white tux and an NRA baseball cap over his bald head. He said hello, excused himself to drop the coat and cap in the green room, and headed to the Zamboni entrance that leads to the Buffalo Sabres’ ice surface. In about 45 minutes, Allen would walk a blue-and-yellow carpet onto …

Comedy

The easy way to say this is he lives in a bubble: Bill Maher is a famous comedian and political commentator. He’s based in the Hollywood-opolis of glitz and smog – we call it Los Angeles – where he hosts a live television show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” every Friday night on HBO. Then you could say he gets out of the bubble: Every few weekends, Maher does stand-up co…

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NEW YORK CITY — Alan Zweibel and his friend Billy Crystal were deep in conversation a few years ago. This is not a surprise. The two have been close since the mid-1970s, shortly after Zweibel graduated from the University at Buffalo, returned home to Long Island, and started performing stand-up at open mics in Manhattan. A not-yet-famous Crystal, who lived just 20 minut…