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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.


DARIEN – As Hayley Williams told the story, one year ago, her band, Paramore, got a call from another band, one they toured with in the early, 12-passenger van days of both groups' existence. The fellow band was Fall Out Boy, fresh off a reunion that ended a three-year breakup.The Fall Out reps had what they thought was a knockout idea: put together a joint tour with Param…

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I want to tell you about Gilbert Gottfried’s stand-up act. I really do.But if I did – if I really, truly filled you in on the nitty-gritty-dirty details of what Gottfried has to say in his show at Helium Comedy Club, which runs through tonight – I’d get fired from this gig.Heck, Gottfried once got fired for saying too much. And the gig was an annoyingly good one. (We’ll ge…

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DARIEN – Will the real Backstreet Boys please stand up?(Kudos if you get the Eminem reference — but know that this is no longer a boy band that Slim Shady would slam.)Judging by the pop quintet’s Wednesday night performance at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the real Boys can be found in one of three moments:Their final two songs, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and “L…

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If the sound of finely manicured fingernails scratching against the proverbial chalkboard could be formed into words and sentences, it would sound like Gilbert Gottfried. So, let’s dispense with the first thing everyone wants to know:No, that’s not his real voice. When the 59-year-old comic is talking off the air – as was the case during our conversation earlier this month…

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Just over a week ago, Kevin Richardson and the Backstreet Boys were playing to a sold-out crowd in Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre.In the audience was Richardson’s 6-year-old son, Mason, who typically shies away from joining his dad onstage. But this day was different. Richardson’s wife, Kristin, is from Kansas City, and his in-laws used the opportunity to stage a family r…

As Trace Adkins wrapped up his show in Niagara Falls, he was boarding his tour bus for a 14-hour ride to his Saturday night gig in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.“This is what we do for a living,” Adkins told the crowd inside the Seneca Niagara Events Center. “Ride around.”The thing is, the longer road was the one Adkins took to this show – and not in terms of mile…

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Just over a decade ago, Anjelah Johnson wrapped up her one-season career as an Oakland Raiders cheerleader and packed her bags for Hollywood.Eleven years, 91,000 Twitter followers, tens of millions of YouTube views and two hourlong comedy specials later, she's a recognizable on-screen personality and an established stand-up comic. She's touring steadily, including a three-…

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Freedom of speech is no problem. Unless you're a comedian.That's what Dave Attell will tell you – if you're in the mood to hear it.“Everything you say on stage is being judged, but not for funny or not,” said Attell, who is bringing his stand-up show to Helium Comedy Club from Thursday through Saturday. “Now it just seems like whether it's politically correct or not.”Being…

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Rob Thomas started simply. Clad in a dark T-shirt, jacket and pants, he looked at his Niagara Falls audience and said, “If we do this right, we’re going to leave here tonight and feel like we shared a moment together. That’s what music is all about.”Two hours later, Thomas’ sold-out crowd departed the Seneca Niagara Events Center with that promise delivered. Through some t…

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Rob Ford is reportedly somewhere in rehab. While that’s a good thing for the Toronto mayor – and probably for Canada’s largest city – it’s a loss for comics like Josh Wolf.When the news broke last week, Wolf tweeted “Never pegged Rob Ford as a quitter. #disappointed.” It’s a small tidbit (all too small, if you ask Wolf) of the social commentary that is the regular fare of …

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-week s…

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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 beer cu…

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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 also kept …

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 little warmi…

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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 long trip…