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