Author Archives: Sharilyn Johnson

In defence of comedian John Mayer

January 19th, 2009 | by Sharilyn Johnson

The long-running rumor that John Mayer would host a new variety show were confirmed by CBS last week, and immediately, venom spewed throughout the internet. He’s a sell-out, he’s a douchebag, he needs to stick to music, and so on. In short: “that’s enough, John Mayer”. I disagree. Walk with me…

Review: Make 'Em Laugh, episodes 1 & 2

January 14th, 2009 | by Sharilyn Johnson

Episode one centred on “Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs”, and got off to a questionable start with a weird faux-historical view of comedy, in the hands of “host” Billy Crystal. (Quotations necessary because he only appears briefly at the start of each episode, with the narration done by the fabulous Amy Sedaris.) But within the first seven minutes, we were treated to a wonderful profile of Harold Lloyd, complete with an interview clip featuring Bill Irwin. That’s when I knew I could relax. If they know enough to interview Bill Irwin, everything’s gonna be just fine

Upright goes Lower East

January 13th, 2009 | by Sharilyn Johnson

Congrats to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, for gaining the community support of their new location in Manhattan’s Lower East

Beat 360? Yes we can.

December 12th, 2008 | by Sharilyn Johnson

I’ve been around comedy long enough that the inevitable has happened: my entire social circle — whether in Toronto, in

Comedy scrapbook

November 20th, 2008 | by Sharilyn Johnson

Google, which seems to exist simply to cater to my every whim, now houses the entire archive of LIFE magazine

Funny for life

November 18th, 2008 | by Sharilyn Johnson

Given the theme of recent entries, I think it’s as good a time as any to cover the topic of

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