Published on January 13th, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Thank you WIFT!

Big thank you to everyone who came out last night to watch the Women In Film and Television panel discussion on Women In Comedy. I had a great time chatting on stage with Sarah Hillier, Catherine McCormick, and Erin Rodgers, with the fabulous moderating job done by WIFT’s own Jocelyn Geddie.

Apparantly this was the highest-attended panel that WIFT has held as part of this series in two years, so we were all very excited to see women take such an interest in the comedy industry. We hope we didn’t talk too many of you out of it.

The time flew by, and we all agreed that we could have pontificated into the wee hours. Anyone who wants to discuss any of the points further, please feel free to comment here and we’ll keep ‘er going.

If you’re interested in reading about events similar to last night’s, here are some similar panels and Q&As that Third Beat has covered:

Infamous haphazardly-written Paley Center panels in New York:
Women & Late Night TV (2010)
The Colbert Report Writers (2009)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Writers (2009)

Just For Laughs Comedy Conference, 2009:
Creative Business of Comedy on Television
Producing, Adult Animation, Taking Comedy Global, & 10 To Watch
Next Generation of Comedy Writers & Web Panel
Late Night Writers

Just For Laughs Comedy Conference, 2011:
In Conversation with Louis CK
New Shows with Real People
The Podfathers
Master Class with Paul Feig

Web Video Panel at Canadian Comedy Awards, 2012
Stephen Colbert at the New Yorker Festival, 2008

If you’re intrested in checking out other events that WIFT offers throughout the year, event and membership information is available on their website.

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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