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Fake News Fangirl

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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

 

 

From the Fringe program:

The true story of how Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's biggest fan fled Winnipeg to indulge in close encounters with her late night heroes -- until fantasy collided with reality.

Funny and engaging tales of outrageous fandom behaviour uncover a surprising emotional core which resonates with anyone who's ever loved something too much. Fake News Fangirl is a smart, sharply written story critics call "authentic and gritty", "vulnerable and endearing" and "unbelievably tight".

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