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Published on March 25th, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Canada’s comedy, explained

I have trouble explaining to my American friends what the Canadian television industry is like up here. They can’t believe that with all the top-notch talent that crosses the border into the US, that there isn’t a thriving industry and star system.

My friend Bruce Clark, a fellow former Winnipegger (he lives in LA now), has penned a perfect explanation for the HuffPo. It’s been going viral among Canadian performers over the past 24 hours, but to prevent further preaching to the choir, I’d encourage all the Americans reading this to check it out at well.


Bruce also has the distinction of providing me with one of the best quotes of my journalism career, way back in 2004. Click to see the beauty contained in that headline.

About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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