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

 

*rhymes with Marilyn

 

BYLINES

 

VANITYFAIR.COM

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.

TORONTO STAR

Interview: T.J. Miller’s comedy is where the frivolous meets the philosophical

The headliner of Saturday’s big standup show talks about building his comedy around life’s big picture and its everyday foolishness.

UC OBSERVER

Political punchlines

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

A.V.CLUB

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’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.

VANITYFAIR.COM

John Oliver: “Not Everyone’s Going to Be O.K.” Under Trump Administration

The host of Last Week Tonight spent Saturday night talking shop—and post-election America—with Stephen Colbert at a benefit in New Jersey.

THIRD-BEAT.COM

Interview: Chris Hardwick's Special Plan

The @Midnight host is being pulled in all directions as he preps to tape his newest hour for Comedy Central.

BIO

Comedy is my singular passion, and my goals are simple: connect people with art that will give them joy, and heighten their enjoyment of what they already love. 

I started covering comedy as a journalist 20 years ago, back when comedy wasn't cool (remember the post-boom '90s?). In my hometown of Winnipeg, I was the comedy reporter for Uptown Magazine and the host of the weekly radio show Laugh Tracks on UMFM. In 2008 I relocated to Toronto and launched the comedy news site Third Beat Magazine, with a mandate to deliver insightful original reporting. In 2014 I took my love of late night tv to the next level and co-authored Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z, and soon after shifted my focus back to freelancing.

When I'm not writing about comedy, I'll occasionally get on stage myself. I'm an Upright Citizens Brigade-trained improviser and a product of Second City Toronto's Longform Conservatory program. I've performed on storytelling shows around Toronto, and toured my solo show Fake News Fangirl across Canada. With my clown partner Chae Aitchison, I've performed broad physical theatre in the massively popular Lunacy Cabaret and at the Toronto Festival of Clowns. 

In my other life, I'm an accomplished advertising copywriter, most notably working with agency Tribal DDB on the Cannes Gold Lion-winning "Our Food, Your Questions" campaign for McDonald's Canada. My writing and strategy work has also served high-profile clients across the financial services, CPG, and auto categories. 

 

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 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.