Sharilyn Johnson

I’d already been covering comedy for years when I launched Third Beat Magazine in 2008, so I was well-positioned to serve up comedy industry interviews, editorials, reviews, and photo essays of shows in Toronto and beyond.

My original reporting was unique in that my in-depth articles were supplemented with my own photography. Any given year at Just For Laughs in Montreal, you could find me in a Hyatt room at 3 a.m. begging Lightroom not to crash before I could export that night’s content. 

My articles were picked up by the likes of Entertainment Weekly and Hollywood Reporter, with multiple stories earning 100,000+ views.

Even though I retired the site in 2014 to focus on writing my book, to this day, some of those articles wipe out my bandwidth when Reddit finds ’em.

Select stories:

Interview: Marc Maron

Interview: Chris Hardwick

Photo essay: Sketchersons rehearse with Bret “The Hitman” Hart

Report: Jon Stewart Almost Quit Daily Show due to “Asshole’ coworkers

Review: Greg Proops weekend