CFOX Says “Teen Angst Night is a good time”

Last night was Teen Angst Night; my long running show where people read from their melodramatic teenage diaries/ poetry collections and more.

The show was great with lots of new and new-ish people sharing text that hadn’t seen the light of day for years. Jeremy Baker from CFOX attended and talked about the show on the radio today. Have a listen:

Here are some of last night’s gems in tweet form:

Apparently hard-ons were a theme.

The next Teen Angst Night is July 7.

Teen Angst Night – What People Say

Next Tuesday is Teen Angst Night. Awesome, right? That’s what you’re thinking if you’ve been before.

If you’ve never been I know you’re apprehensive. You’re worried it’s a therapy show. It’s not. You’re worried it’s not going to be funny. It’s hilarious. Maybe you’re afraid you’ll be inspired to dig through your old diaries and then one day end up on stage like the rest of them; this is very likely. Don’t worry, it’s fun and addictive. Why else would I keep doing this show?

To put you newbies at ease here’s an example of some of the things people have shared at Teen Angst Night before:

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Teen Angst Night is hilarious, but don’t just take my word from it. Go on Twitter and search for #TeenAngstNight. I did and look at these great reviews I found.

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SHOW DETAILS
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street | 8-10 PM
$10 cash only at the door | Readers get in for FREE
Facebook Event

More details and show history HERE

Teen Angst Night! It’s why you held on to your old diary.

Teen Angst Facebook EventThis is the show I’ve been running since 2000. It’s so much fun I’ll never stop doing it!

Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst Night.

I mean, you held on to those diaries for a reason, right? This is that reason!

You can share anything (poetry, songs, letters, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, lists, etc) so long as it follows these rules:

1- The work must be your own.
2- You must have written it between the ages of 10-19.
3- It’s best if the work is at least 4 years old.
4- You cannot be proud of the work. You should be embarrassed about what you’re sharing at Teen Angst Night.

How to sign up:
http://goo.gl/forms/0HGbKxpHyV

SHOW DETAILS
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street | 8-10 PM
$10 cash only at the door | Readers get in for FREE
Facebook Event

More details and show history HERE

Say Wha?! The Podcast – Episode 39 – Double Dick Dude

Hey podcast fans! Here’s the second special podcast of the day. A bunch of people had requested this reading so you can blame them for what’s about to happen to your ears. I’m sorry and you’re welcome.

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Say Wha?! The Podcast shares recordings from the comedy show Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This episode features a reading of “Double Header: My Life With Two Penises” by Double Dick Dude, read by me.

If you want to know more go and check out his AMA on Reddit. Which is basically what the ‘memoir’ is all about. Or just sit back and listen to me read it to you. Or if you’re super lazy, just listen to the last 5 minutes; that’s the best part. A huge thank you to Kirk Hamilton for adding the Jurassic Park music to this podcast, since the audio wasn’t clear, this really made the piece shine.

Update: I believe he exists. I’ve seen the photos (NSFW SERIOUSLY- You can’t unsee this). I just don’t believe every word of this memoir.

Note: I READ THIS SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO!

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Listen to the podcast on iTunesRSS feed, or just stream it HERE:

If you enjoyed this podcast be sure to like this post, tweet a link to it, or share it on Facebook.

Say Wha?! The Podcast – Episode 38

My dear podcast listeners and fans, rejoice! I’ve got two episodes for you today. This is the first one. The next one will be posted in a few minutes. Thanks for your patience. Enjoy!

Say Wha Podcast

Say Wha?! The Podcast shares recordings from the comedy show Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This episode features a reading of “Getting Along With The Chinese: For Fun and Profit” read by Nicole Passmore.

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Listen to the podcast on iTunesRSS feed, or just stream it HERE:

If you enjoyed this podcast be sure to like this post, tweet a link to it, or share it on Facebook.

My May Events

If you’re an awesome person and you’ve signed up for my newsletter and you’re actually someone that opens it and reads it you probably noticed that I fucked up, or Mail Kimp didn’t save my corrections, because some of the dates were off.

If you got confused, I’m sorry. Here’s all the CORRECT information about my upcoming shows. My bad.

If you’re not on my mailing list then, hey, here’s a bunch of shows I’m doing this month.

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Tuesday, May 5  – TONIGHT!
Teen Angst Karaoke
Hot Art Wet City | 2206 Main Street | 8 PM-?
By donation, suggested donation is a measly $5
Here’s the concept: people share stories from their teenage years and then karaoke a song related to their story. Show at 8 PM Open mic 9 ish.
Facebook event

Teen Angst Facebook EventTuesday, May 19
Teen Angst Night
Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street | 8-10 PM
$10 at the door
The original Sara Bynoe event where people publicly embarrass themselves/ make you fall in love with them by reading excerpts from their weird/ emo / melodramatic teenage diaries. I’m still signing up readers.
Facebook Event

Novelty Act FacebookTuesday, May 26
Novelty Act
The Emerald | 555 Gore | 8-10 PM
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Riel Hahn and I do our thing on the last Tuesday of every month. This is quickly turning into my favourite event. How can I describe it? Two funny ladies on stage, goofing around and having fun for you. Part party, party improv, 100% awesome.
Facebook Event

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Poetry Is Dead – 5 Year Anniversary
The Cultch | 1895 Venables | 8-10 PM
I’ll be there, doing something. It’s going to be a great night of poetry, comedy, and awesomeness.
Facebook Event

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TORONTO!

I’m coming back June 17 with at Say Wha?! show at Comedy Bar. SAVE THE DATE

BeatRoute Wrote About Me. Does This Make Me Cool Now?

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BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise based in the West Coast and last week they published an article about me. Wha?! For reals.

Before they realize their mistake I’ve copied it for my records in this post, but you can read the original post HERE.

Multidisciplinary comedian Sara Bynoe is more than just a ‘Novelty Act’

Monday 27th, April 2015 / 16:48

By Gabriel Laubach

VANCOUVER — As much as Princess Diana was the Queen of Hearts, Sara Bynoe is the Queen of the Arts. In the way that Diana brought attention to humanitarian causes and was a bridge between the elite and the less fortunate, Bynoe brings attention to the arts and is a bridge between all different facets of the arts community. She is woman that cannot be pigeon-holed as one dimensional or singularly as an actor, writer, producer or performer; as she embodies all of them. It was spoken into her life at a young age of what she was to become, “I remember when I was 10 years old my mom had kind of like new-agey friends and one of them was a palm reader and she read my palm and she’s like ‘You are gonna be an actor and a writer,’ and I was like ‘Yah! Good, that’s what I wanna be!’” As a teenager growing up in Calgary, Bynoe was involved in the all ages punk-rock community and could be found selling homemade zines at local shows; this was the first public display of her art. When asked what inspires her to perform, Bynoe said that she has always had a voice and that she has wanted to engage people with it; she also likes to be silly. In combining those attributes, you arrive at great the great live shows she’s produced and preformed in such as the Teen Angst Night, Say Wha?!, and Sparkle Bunny: The Last Raver Dancing. The first in the aforementioned list helped put Bynoe on the comedy map, the show has been running for 15 years and even spawned into a well-regarded book, “Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry.”

The Teen Angst Night was Bynoe’s inaugural step into performance art, the whole idea for the show began when she discovered a binder full to the brim with bad poetry that had belonged to her ex-boyfriend. Her response was to share her own poetry from those emotionally confusing and loathsome years that we have all stumbled our way through. Sure enough, the piece connected with the masses and received a warm reception. The day we spoke with Bynoe she was amidst orchestrating her newest piece, “Novelty Act.” This new show features Bynoe and Riel Hahn exploring comedic performance that is both scripted and spontaneous interaction with the audience; Bynoe essentially put it as “an evening with two funny ladies.” The title “Novelty Act,” arose from a discussion Riel had had with a male comedian friend, “whom is a decent human,” in Bynoe’s words, who curates a stand-up comedy night that rarely books women. When confronted as to why he doesn’t book more than a few women he preceded to state “he wouldn’t book a whole bunch of jugglers on one show,” to which Riel asked, “Are you equating women to novelty acts?”

As Vancouverites we can all agree our city is cold and not only in the temperate sense. Bynoe truly believes, “Vancouver needs more opportunities for people to connect,” and “Novelty Act” strives to create a place for that to happen. Apparently it is not a show for the faint of heart, “If you are someone who is willing to take a risk, that’s what our show is. It’s a little risky, we don’t always know what it’s going to be.” There will be a section called “Question Period,” where audience members will be able to ask any question or advice on anything from deep relationship issues to which way the toilet roll is meant to roll – “it’s over,” Bynoe asserts. So make sure to bring your sense of humor, an open heart and your “party-pants.” With a goal of creating community through comedic performance, Sara Bynoe is a Queen of Arts whose policies have us swearing to the throne. Long live laughter!

You can see Sara Bynoe’s Teen Angst Karaoke Night at Hot Art Wet City on May 5, and Teen Angst Night at Cottage Bistro on May 19.

Bynoe and Hahn!

This event is so soon! Woohoo!

We know it’s been hard to describe this event. If you’ve been before we welcome your comments and insights.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect to happen at tomorrow’s Novelty Act:

* We will check in on what’s been going on in our lives (teaser – someone went on a few OKCupid dates)
* We will try to out re-act each other. That’s right it’s a re-act off!
* We will take questions from the audience. Want to know more about us? Need to know how to iron shirts? Should you break up with your best-friend? Just ask!
* Dance monkey dance – is there something you want to see us do? Now is your chance to demand it from us!
* And more!

NOVELTY ACT
Tuesday, April 28 | 8-10 PM
Tickets $8 in advance | $10 at the door | Advance tickets close at 5 PM
The Emerald | 555 Gore | In the back cabaret room where it’s nice and sexy

Tuesday! #NoveltyAct me and @hahnsy #Vancouver #Comedy #improv #Stories #fun #samesies

A photo posted by Sara Bynoe (@sarabynoe) on

We’re Still Doing It …

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Are you ready for the fourth Novelty Act?! What? You haven’t been yet? No worries. You can jump on board next week.

DETAILS

Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn present a night of comedy, storytelling, and joy.

Why novelty act? Well… sometimes women in comedy get referred to as a ‘novelty act.’ Bynoe and Hahn think that’s bullshit, so they got together and have decided to do a night of whatever they want to do and if that’s a novelty act, so be it!

It’s Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!

Whatever this night is, we guarantee it will be fun! And we’ll probably wear lipstick.

NOVELTY ACT
Tuesday, April 28 | 8-10 PM
Tickets $8 in advance | $10 at the door
The Emerald | 555 Gore | In the back cabaret room where it’s nice and sexy

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RielRIEL HAHN

I am a Vancouver based comedian who has been described as “delicious”, “hilarious”, “ferocious”, “filthy mouthed” and as “a blizzard in the House of Commons”. I grew up traveling with the Caravan Stage Company, town to town by horse and wagon, and later worked extensively with the Caravan Farm Theatre. Familialy, I come from a long line of compassionate, opinionated, active and funny lefties. These experiences provided me with a rich cache of stories, and some discomfort with stasis and classism. I am constantly searching for the new, inclusive and stimulating both personally and professionally. Ultimately I believe that funny trumps everything.

Here I am, most likely applauding my own joke. SARA BYNOE

I’m a performer who has been described as “charismatic,’ ‘lovely,’ ‘talented,’ ‘effervescent,’ ‘brash’ and ‘a local mover and shaker.’ For the last 15 years I’ve been running an event called Teen Angst Night. For the last 4 years I’ve been running a show called Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing. I went to two theatre schools. I Story Produced the first season of Sex Sent Me To The ER on TLC.  I’ve been doing improv with VTSL’s Rookie Night for so long that I just quit it. I believe if everyone could laugh at themselves and learn to play the world would be a better place. I recently had a sex dream about my vibrator.

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If you like us, or are interested in what we do, come to Novelty Act.

It will be part improv, part theatre, and part storytelling event, and a TOTAL PARTY with two of Vancouver’s favourite weirdos.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays!

If You Think Women Aren’t Funny, This Is Not The Show For You

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Riel Hahn and I are making this a monthly event at The Emerald.

For those that don’t know, Novelty Act is a night of comedy, storytelling, and joy.

Why novelty act? Well… sometimes that’s what women in comedy are labeled as. We think that’s bullshit, so we got together and decided to do a night of whatever we want to do. If that’s a novelty act, so be it!

It’s me and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!

Whatever this night is, we guarantee it will be fun! And we’ll probably wear lipstick. Last month a guy in the audience bought everyone champagne and cake!

Tuesday, March 31, 8-10 PM
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Facebook Event

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays!

Look, we wouldn’t do this show if it sucked and people said ‘know when to quit.’ You should check it out. You have two weeks to get your shit together.