In 2008, comedy was still a niche genre receiving minimal media attention.?Third Beat started as an outlet for writing that wouldn’t be published anywhere else, and became something bigger (and more labour-intensive) than I expected. It was a great run, but it came time to shut ‘er down.
Below is a hand-picked “best of” of Third Beat’s reporting and photography from 2008-2015, a mix of popular articles and my own sentimental faves. Enjoy, and if you’d like to keep up to speed on my work, find me at @thirdbeat (or in the audience of many comedy shows in Toronto).
Sharilyn Johnson, 2018
Best of: Late Night
Best of: Interviews
May 30, 2010Marc Maron: Part 1
Since premiering in September of last year, Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF, has become required listening for anyone who claims to take an interest in the comic mind. His interviews withRead more...
Best of: Toronto Comedy
September 12, 2011Team Spirits
Like a lot of cities, Toronto’s comedy community has a wide selection of weeknight open mics held in the back room of a mid-sized, mid-town, mid-priced bar. Spirits is exactlyRead more...
Best of: Improv
Best of: JFL?
July 29, 2011Photos: Amp’d
Weird Al Yankovic, Bo Burnham, Garfunkel & Oates, Tim Minchin, Reggie Watts, and Tom GreenRead more...
Best of: More Live Shows?
February 27, 2012Skype Saves Sklar Show
Turns out, the American to Canadian exchange rate on Sklars is 50%. The Sklar Brothers were scheduled to play Toronto’s Comedy Bar on Saturday night, but the audience for theRead more...
October 26, 2009Paul F. Tompkins in Toronto
Paul F. Tompkins loves Toronto, and the feeling is mutual. “O Canada! Thank you to everyone who came out to The Rivoli last night. One of the best nights ofBaccarat mạng