I'm Sharilyn*, a Toronto-based comedy journalist and digital copywriter.


*rhymes with Marilyn


I started my writing career in 1996 as the entertainment editor of the University of Winnipeg newspaper. Shortly thereafter, I narrowed my focus to my one true love: comedy. My work has since appeared in a slew of major dailies, alt weeklies, and the renowned outlets below. 


Interview: Conan O’Brien Doubles Down on the Value of Pure Silliness

While the rest of the late-night world wades through the topical apocalypse, the veteran host continues to embrace his status as national clown.

VICE, 2018

An Oral History of Toronto's Comedy Bar

Comedy Bar marks 10 years of being Toronto’s comedy clubhouse. 


The Kids in the Hall Aren’t Too Worried About P.C. Culture Ruining Comedy

Kevin McDonald and Bruce McCulloch talk a new book about their troupe, a possible Kids reunion, and the current state of the industry.


Political punchlines

Donald Trump may be a disaster for liberal democracy, but he’s a godsend for late-night TV comedy.

A.V.CLUB, 2016

The Late Show’s online engagement is missing one thing: Stephen Colbert

The show has ample opportunity to fix its lacklustre social media presence, without becoming a viral video factory.

Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z

When Stephen Colbert announced the end of his Comedy Central show in 2014, I knew someone had to write a book to celebrate its nine seasons of ground-breaking political satire. 

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Third Beat Magazine

I launched Third Beat in 2008 as a source for comedy industry interviews, editorials, reviews, and photo essays of shows in Toronto and beyond. My original reporting was picked up by the likes of Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter. Select stories:


I've had the pleasure of working with some of the most recognized brands in the world during my time at digital agencies Tribal DDB and Critical Mass.


IMPROV: I'm an Upright Citizens Brigade-trained improviser and a product of Second City Toronto's Longform Conservatory program, through which I became a founding member of the troupe Pepperoni Pizza Cats.

STORYTELLING: I've performed on notable Toronto storytelling shows including MothUP, Raconteurs, Fireside Tales, and Blast from the Past. I toured my hour-long solo show Fake News Fangirl, about my experiences navigating Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert fandom, across Canada. 

CLOWN: With my partner Chae Aitchison, I've performed broad physical comedy for adult audiences at the massively popular circus show Lunacy Cabaret and in the Toronto Festival of Clowns. 

VIDEO: After taking courses in New York from Emmy-winning Daily Show, Colbert, and SNL writers, somehow I ended up writing jokes as a staff writer at Naked News (which is really more of a tragicomedy). My parents were much prouder when I wrote and produced a comedy short that was famously replicated by Jimmy Kimmel

An accomplished photographer, I documented countless performances in Toronto, Montreal, and New York as part of running Third Beat Magazine from 2008-2014. 



 I'm always happy to share my insights and opinions gleaned from my 20 years covering comedy.

I've talked about late night tv and other comedy topics with CBC Radio, NPR, Corus Radio, CTV, GlobalTV and on more podcasts than I can count.

If you're a fellow journalist or producer in need of an expert, don't hesitate to reach out. 

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