Fake News Fangirl – Toronto Fringe 2012 Press Release

From Press Release


“Pure and harsh interrogation of the world of fandom” – Theatre In London

Sharilyn thinks comedy is pretty great.  Beautiful, in fact.

But the mid-90s haze of Gen-X angst doesn’t encourage such warm-and-fuzzy admissions, so she channels her love of laughter into something much more socially acceptable: an out-of-control infatuation with a young, hot comedian named Jon Stewart.

Directed by Laura Anne Harris (star of 2011 Toronto Fringe hit Pitch Blond), Fake News Fangirl is the completely true story of one woman’s adventures in the world of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert fandom. A hotel room encounter with a Daily Show correspondent; writing horrible fan fiction about her heroes; and when fantasy clashes with reality, suddenly becoming closer to their creative process than she ever imagined (or wanted).

But when it all goes wrong, in the most heartbreaking and public way, what’s left?

Called “vulnerable and endearing” by the Victoria Times-Colonist, Fake News Fangirl resonates with anyone who loves something – anything – more than what’s considered “normal”.

Fake News Fangirl stars writer Sharilyn Johnson, under the direction of Laura Anne Harris (Pitch Blond, Psycho Bitch) and creative consultant Molly Prather (How I Met Your Mother, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson).

Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
16 Ryerson Ave.

Thurs., July 5 – 9:30pm
Sat., July 7 – 3:15pm
Sun., July 8 – 2:45pm
Mon., July 9 – 5:45pm
Wed., July 11 – 6:30pm
Thurs., July 12 – 4:30pm
Fri., July 13 – 10:30pm
Sat., July 14 – 8:00pm
(Please note no latecomers permitted.)

Tickets $10
($11 advance at fringetoronto.com)

For online sales, go to www.fringetoronto.com. To order by phone, call 416-966-1062, ext 1. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W), or at the venue one hour prior to each performance.