Sharilyn Johnson

Fake News Fangirl

Personal Project  //  Date: 2011–2014 //  Medium: Stage show


I’m not an actor, but an hour-long stage show was the best way to tell this story. 

I wrote, self-produced, and performed this solo storytelling show 40+ times at Fringe festivals across Canada (Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, London, and Hamilton).

I have a longstanding fascination with fandom and fan engagement. I once crashed an academic conference on fan studies, which I think makes me a fan fan?

I had stories to tell from my own experience navigating Daily Show fandom, which together laddered into an over-arching tale about creativity and identity. I knew I could make the subject universal for anyone who’s ever been told they’re a little “too into” something.

This project was the toughest challenge I’ve ever taken on. It exhausted me financially, physically, and mentally. I don’t regret a minute of it.

This play is as endearing as it is sharp and left me thinking and processing for hours after.

-Theatre in London review

a harrowing personal history delivered with plenty of heart

-Mooney on Theatre review