EDITORIAL

I’m a J-school bred writer, and continue to keep one toe in it -- which is to say, these days I have the luxury of writing only about subjects I truly care about. I started my writing career in 1996 as the entertainment editor of The Uniter, the student paper at the University of Winnipeg. Shortly thereafter, I narrowed my focus to my one true love: comedy, with a specific focus on late night talk. 

I make for a good interviewee, too: I’ve talked about comedy for CBC Radio, NPR, Global News, The Guardian, and numerous podcasts. 

Articles:

VANITY FAIR, 2018

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. 

VANITY FAIR, 2018

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 and the current state of the industry.

UC OBSERVER, 2017

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.

Projects:

Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z

When Stephen Colbert announced the end of his Comedy Central show in 2014, Canadian media outlets immediately invited me to comment as an expert.

Once the thought crossed my mind that I should write a book, there was no shaking it. In seven months, my co-author and I wrote and annotated the book, and published it independently in time for the show's finale. 

The schedule was inhumane, but the end result was worth it. It remains one of my biggest professional challenges, and my proudest accomplishment as a writer.

Read the Amazon reviews.

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, with multiple pieces earning 100,000+ visits.

Select stories:

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