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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.


They can’t quite fit 10,000 music-maniac fans, but they can host two members of the 10,000 Maniacs. And a healthy crowd of 5,000?That’s no problem either.Larkin Square, the cozily creative and architecturally eclectic plaza located at 745 Seneca St., will be hosting its third season of free Wednesday night concerts featuring local bands playing original music.The 14-we…

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If uncoolness is a life obstacle, the four members of Hollerado have hurdled it with clever power pop and more than little bit of confetti.And black-light paint. Can’t forget the black-light paint.The Canadian indie rockers brought their show – and a healthy throng of rowdy-dancing fans – to Town Ballroom on Friday night. It was like a garage-band house party, with b…

Comedy

Through his 22 years as host of “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno never left comedy. Since the late ’80s, he’s performed most every Sunday night at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif. As a late-night host, Leno turned the venue into a testing ground for monologue material.As a sold-out crowd at the Seneca Niagara Casino found out Saturday night, the club al…

Joy Behar can make people laugh. That we know.But can the recently departed co-host of “The View” work a crowd? Can she thrive in what might be the entertainment industry’s most intense spotlight – that of a stand-up comic?That was the question Saturday night when Behar stepped onstage at Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls.The answer is yes – with a li…

Comedy

The unmistakable voice of Joy Behar, tinged with a New York accent and moving with the stop-and-go momentum of a Manhattan yellow cab, comes on the phone.She’s bringing her stand-up show to town Saturday, but she’s trying to figure out the best way to get here.“Is there a train that goes from Buffalo to New York?” she asked.There is, you tell her. But it can be a l…

Lisa Lampanelli was bored.Three years ago, everything she had wanted to accomplish in stand-up comedy was checked off her list: Radio City Music Hall? Played there. Carnegie Hall? Done that. Her own HBO special? Wrapped.Lampanelli’s sharp-edged brand of insult comedy had made her the “Queen of Mean.” But the queen was feeling dull. She wanted something fresher and de…

As a kid, right around the time my nightstand was stacked with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels, I remember asking my mom why she became a teacher. She told me that as a teenage girl in the 1960s, she had three career options: secretary, nurse or educator.I didn’t get it.Those are fine paths, but I struggled to grasp why girls’ options were so limited. If an albeit-fic…

As a kid, right around the time my nightstand was stacked with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels, I remember asking my mom why she became a teacher. She told me that as a teenage girl in the 1960s, she had three career options: secretary, nurse or educator.I didn’t get it.Those are fine paths, but I struggled to grasp why girls’ options were so limited. If an albeit-fic…

John Cassidy is 51 years old and doesn’t exercise. But during his last physical, his bewildered doctor told him he has the cardio strength of a marathon runner.“My standing heart rate is 42,” Cassidy said. “Someone my age should probably have double that. They thought I was sick or something.”Sick? No. Cassidy just has an admittedly weird talent, one that’s sim…

Buffalo

It’s Saturday night, 12 minutes to game time in the First Niagara Center. A pair of Zambonis take a final lap around the ice. Fans file to their seats, balancing popcorn, beer and pretzels, awaiting the faceoff between the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils. Standing in the bay of the Zamboni entrance is a sharply dressed man with neatly trimmed goatee and a cranium…

Buffalo

It’s Saturday night, 12 minutes to game time in the First Niagara Center. A pair of Zambonis take a final lap around the ice. Fans file to their seats, balancing popcorn, beer and pretzels, awaiting the faceoff between the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils. Standing in the bay of the Zamboni entrance is a sharply dressed man with neatly trimmed goatee and a cranium…