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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.


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Here's a quick interview with singer Jake Roche, 22, and drummer Lewi Morgan, 26, of Rixton, one of the bands performing at Kissmas Bash on Dec. 19 in First Niagara Center. Question: You’re working with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter Braun. What’s that like? Roche: He wants you to learn for yourself on the job. Any mistakes — and fortunately we haven’t…

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Here's a quick interview with Sydney Sierota, the 17-year-old lead singer of Echosmith, one of the bands performing at Kissmas Bash. Question: How has life changed for you and your brothers since “Cool Kids” became such a smash hit? Answer: It’s 100-percent different. We’ve been a band for so long – seven years. You, of course, hope your song will be played on the radio,…

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An interview with rapper/singer Jake Miller, 22, who performs Friday as part of Kissmas Bash. Question: You spent a few years building a strong following as an independent artist. What prompted you to sign with Warner Bros. Records last year? Jake Miller: I did as much as I could independently. I grew an organic fan base, I put out a lot of music, a lot of independent mu…

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Jeff Timmons’ singing career started in the bathroom at a college party. He wanted to impress some girls. (It worked, by the way.) More than 20 years later, it’s not all that different. Sure, Timmons and his pop quartet, 98 Degrees, racked up a string of hits, major tours, award-show nominations and legions of still-devoted fans. But when Timmons performs at 7 p.m. Satu…

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Three years ago and two decades into his stand-up career, Moody McCarthy was getting married and wondering whether he would be able to support a family on a comic’s temperamental income. Two years ago he landed a five-minute spot on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” which gave him an answer: Yes. McCarthy started booking a steady stream of shows around his New York C…

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What separates a preacher (which is what Corey Holcomb’s mom wanted him to be) from a comedian? Both command a crowd. Both make you think, especially about relationships. But only one is likely to be a accosted by a random person in a restaurant. “Walking around in public, you never know where a person’s head is,” Holcomb said. The 46-year-old stand-up comedian and TV …

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Peter Bisuito is in his mid-40s. Which would make you think his stand-up comedy show on Saturday – or any Saturday, really – is yet another in a decades-long list of performances. But it’s not. At 44, the marketing man-turned-entrepreneur-turned-comedian is still getting started. That’s among the reasons why his show at 8 p.m. Saturday in 710 Main Theatre benefiting the …

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Marlon Wayans walked onto the Helium Comedy Club stage in a dark blue-and-black plaid shirt. It was neatly buttoned. But it wouldn’t stay that way. He clutched a cup of tea; a white towel dangled from the back pocket of his jeans. He would need both. The sold-out Saturday night crowd exploded. That’s unsurprising. A celebrity like Wayans, who at 42 is the youngest memb…

By now, at age 42 and as the youngest member of an iconic comedy family, Marlon Wayans could probably cruise through Hollywood. His famous name, lengthy credits and solid returns (his movies have grossed an average of nearly $50 million domestically) will prevent him from ever falling into show-biz obscurity. He could chill. Relax. Ease up on the work. But that’s not wh…

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Meet the comedians: One is a writer who loves “the journey of finding the right word.” Another is a bank worker who describes his life’s passion as one for people “with intense insecurities and emotional problems.” There’s a husband and father of two who can’t quite quit his corrections job to pursue his goal full time. Damn mortgage. And then there’s the marketing exec…

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He’s a newsman (of sorts), a writer (with a pretty cool gig) and a Harvard grad (but you can leave that part out, please). Above all, though, Colin Jost is a guy who, by his admission, “feels more like myself when I’m performing.” Which is why the 32-year-old squeezes in every stand-up gig he can, both in New York City and around the country, between his duties as a head…

Heath Cottengim was feeling the improv pressure on Friday night. A moment earlier, Colin Mochrie had looked at him and said, “You, thanks for volunteering. Come up here.” Come up here. At a comedy show – especially an improv comedy show, like this one starring Mochrie and Brad Sherwood – those are either the coolest or creepiest words you can hear. Obediently, Cottengi…

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Bust the competition. Win. Be the best.That’s standard success-guide fare you would expect from a decorated athlete or prized performer.But you won’t hear it from Mick Foley. Not in general, and not when he comes to Buffalo on Sunday to perform his one-man “Hardcore Legend” show in Helium Comedy Club.Despite his status as a wrestling legend turned best-selling author, stan…

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Reality show concerts aren’t a new thing.But they have evolved, which will be evident when a group of finalists from NBC’s “The Voice” performs at 8 p.m. Friday in the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center.That group of nine performers will feature multiple singers whose professional backgrounds put them at home on the stage.Take Christina Grimmie, a finalist this spring on …

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Reality show concerts aren’t a new thing.But they have evolved, which will be evident when a group of finalists from NBC’s “The Voice” performs at 8 p.m. Friday in the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center.That group of nine performers will feature multiple singers whose professional backgrounds put them at home on the stage.Take Christina Grimmie, a finalist this spring on …