Former Winnipegger Sharilyn Johnson finally gets a hometown run for her autobiographical solo show, an endearingly self-deprecating account of her long obsession with funnymen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. In an unshowy and intimate monologue, the journalist and creative writer tells us about close encounters with her idols in New York, misguided attempts at erotic fan fiction and a disastrous hotel-room rendezvous with a former Daily Show correspondent. (She politely declines to say which one.)
Johnson’s subject may be humour, but this is a sincere personal journey rather than a comic romp. One wishes the honesty went just a little farther.
Johnson ends her story with an account of her part in a devastating online controversy involving The Daily Show. It’s understandable that this experience left Johnson feeling vulnerable about her superfan status, but her show would benefit from a deeper look at the whole weird and wonderful celebrity-crush phenomenon — and her own motivations.
— Alison Gillmor