Published on August 20th, 2013 | by Sharilyn Johnson


America’s Got Canada’s Talent

America’s Got Talent, but some of that talent happens to be Canadian. Comedian John Wing, originally from Sarnia, ON (now living in Los Angeles) appears on Tuesday night’s edition of NBC’s reality competition show America’s Got Talent. He needs votes to stay alive, but he’s at a disadvantage because all those folks he went to high school with and who lived on his paper route (did he have a paper route?) can’t vote for him.

Sure, voting is technically blocked in Canada, but there is a way around it. All you need is a VPN. Fire it up, and voila: the internet thinks you’re American. (If only O-1 Visas were this easy, right comics?)

Online voting is open until 6 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

Free method:
Download Hotspot Shield. It has ads. It’s annoying. But it is safe, and almost every VPN user started here.

Free-ish method:
Cactus VPN offers a free trial for 24 hours – long enough to vote – and is a paid service after that.

Paid method:
If you’re at the point of truly resenting Hulu, you should invest a buck or two in Always VPN. It’s one of the few pay-as-you-go VPNs out there, so you can go a few months between SNL archive binges without paying for it.

Go forth and Canadianize.


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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