Novelty Act

Novelty Act Facebook

Ok. Okay. I know. You’re wondering what is this all about?

Well… Here’s what our official release thingy says:

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, January 27 | 8-10 PM
Tickets $8 in advance | $10 at the door
The Emerald | 555 Gore

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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; one of them was Studio 58. 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 way too long.  I believe if everyone could laugh at themselves and learn to play the world would be a better place.

 

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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!

Watch Me Dance

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I know you’ve been thinking, “I want to see Sara Bynoe perform but I can’t afford to pay $10 (or sliding scale). I wish she would do something that I can see for FREE, and on the weekend, preferably in the afternoon (like 1 or 4 PM), and since I’m super outdoorsy I wish it would happen outside. I also want an opportunity to just oogle her body and not have to listen to her read some bad writing.”

Well, then do I have the show for you!

It’s called Le Grand Continental

To see me in action go to the corner of the Queen Elizabeth Plaza by Cambie street near the CBC building. I’m positioned in the last row on the corner of this side.

There are also a whole bunch of awesome people I’ll be dancing with too.

DETAILS

Presented by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre and Scotia Dance Centre

Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard of Sylvain Émard Danse has brought joy to audiences from Portland to Mexico; now it’s Vancouver’s turn to shine. Émard auditioned community dancers from across Vancouver for a chance to be part of a massive public dance. Chances are you’ll know one of the performers, or you yourself are one! Le Grand Continental® combines elements of traditional line dancing with contemporary dance, and the mix is infectious, taking the spirit of old-fashioned communal dance and bringing it up to date. The choreography is a delight to behold, complex enough to wow spectators but still infused with the spirit of catharsis and fun. The result is a huge, joyful convergence of energy, with a mass of people coming together over humanity’s universal languages: music and movement. A pleasure to be part of and a beauty to behold, this will be one of the key civic events of the year. See you there!

“The roar from hundreds of spectators went from loud to deafening as the choreographed dance began to take energetic life with full- body gestures and synchronized shouts. It left the audience cheering for more.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Performance dates:
January 24: 1PM & 4PM
January 25: 1PM & 4PM
30 mins (no intermission)
Please note: This performance takes place outdoors, rain or shine.

Venue:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Admission is FREE!

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Kyle Fines Knows Male Sexuality

Huzzah!! Another episode of the Say Wha?! Podcast has been release for your listening pleasure.

WARNING – There is some NSFW content in this episode, 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 Male Sexuality by Kyle Fines.

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

You can hear another delightful Say Wha?! reading by Kyle Fines (and Riel Hahn, Eric Fell, Dina Del Bucchia and myself) tomorrow (Tuesday, January 20) at The Emerald. Show starts at 8 PM. $10 at the door or in advance. 

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

Brave Souls Share Their Most Embarrassing Teenage Writing On Stage For Your Entertainment

Teen Angst Night

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 8-10 PM | $10 at the door | Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street | Readers get in for free*

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.

Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series where everyday people read from their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays (and more). So, get digging through your old notebooks and find some gems!

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- If you cringe or feel physically upset while reading it- it’s worth sharing! The more embarrassing the better!

* NOTE: Reader spots for this event are FULL. Message me to get on the mailing list to read next time.


More info: http://sarabynoe.com/shows/teen-angst/

QUICK HISTORY – Teen Angst started in Calgary in 2000 with a live event series and a website, then the website was (probably) one of the first blogs-to-books and published in April 2005 with a book launch event at the KGB Bar in NYC, in 2006 the book was turned into a stage show for the High Performance Rodeo in Calgary (and sold out!), then I created a solo show of my own horrible Teen Angst Poetry which I performed at the Toronto Fringe in 2007, Bumbershoot in 2008, the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2011, in 2008 I was on the poetry stage at a massive festival in the UK called Latitude, and the live show happens whenever I can squeeze it into my schedule.

Say Wha?! The Podcast – Episode 35 Sara Bynoe Reads Erotic Astrology

Rejoice! Another episode has been release for your listening pleasure. There is some very NSFW content in this episode and that’s what makes it so darn good.

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 Erotic Astrology by Sara Bynoe.

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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.

January Fun

Happy New Year!

I’m starting the year by getting excited about what makes me happy: performing in and producing shows! Here’s a look at my January.


Teen Angst Facebook Event

Tuesday, January 13
TEEN ANGST NIGHT
8-10 PM | $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street
Facebook Event
I’ve been running this show where people share their old embarrassing teenage angst creations since 2000. Several brave souls will get up on stage and read from their diaries, poetry books, short stories and more.

Say Wha Emerald 2015
Tuesday, January 20
SAY WHA?! READINGS OF DELICIOUSLY ROTTEN WRITING
8-10 PM | $10 in advance (possible door sales)
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Facebook Event
Another classic show I’ve been running since 2010. Funny people reading from the worst published books they can find.

Novelty Act FacebookTuesday, January 27
NOVELTY ACT presented by Bynoe and Hahn
8-10 PM | $8 in advance $10 at the door

What is this all about?
Lots of things.
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.
Facebook Event


Saturday and Sunday, January 24, 25
LE GRAND CONTINENTAL
PuSH Festival | Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
1 & 4 PM Rain or Shine | Free Event
If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I’ve been involved with the PuSh Festival for the last 5 years. This year I am dancing in this performance along with 80 or so other Vancouverites who love to dance. If you want to see me in all my glory (or catch my mess ups) I’m positioned at the corner near Cambie and Georgia.

Don’t live in Vancouver?
That’s okay, you can experience the joy of Say Wha?! through the magic of podcasting. Click here for links to iTunes or streaming audio.

Say Wha?! The Podcast Episode 34 – Lauren Prussky and the Afterlives of the Rich and Famous

Rejoice! Another episode has been release for your listening pleasure. If you like it make sure you spread the joy. This is the season of giving … and reposting. 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 from summer 2014 at Comedy Bar in Toronto with comedian Lauren Prussky.

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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.

TONIGHT! EROTIC ASTROLOGY AND MORE AT SAY WHA?!

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There’s a teaser from the book I’m sharing tonight at Say Wha?! Advanced tickets are sold out but we can squeeze you in if you show up to The Emerald early enough. Doors are at 7:30PM and the show is at 8.

Come inside from the rain, forget about the world and laugh while some of Vancouver’s most hilarious and charming performers read from and talk about the worst books they could find.

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
Tuesday, December 9
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Doors 7:30PM Show: 8-10PM

Featuring: John Cullen, Kyle Fines, Briana Rayner, and Dylan Rhymer.

Facebook Event

Can’t make it tonight? That’s ok. I’ve got another great show on Sunday.

Say Wha?! No Limits Edition
Sunday, December 14
Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street
Show: 7:30-9:30PM
Tickets: $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
No limits means not just books this time! What will we find? Where will we find it? Come to the Cottage Bistro to find out!

Featuring: Travis Dudfield, Jeff Gladstone, David C. Jones, and Monica Hamburg.

Facebook Event

 

Two December shows, Say Wha?!

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This December I have two very special shows for you, both Say Wha?!

Say Wha?! is the show where funny people read from terrible published books. I recently took the show to Portland’s All Jane No Dick festival and one person messaged me to say that the show was the highlight of the festival for him. How awesome is that? Almost as awesome as these shows will be.

Tuesday, December 9
Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
The Emerald – 555 Gore
Featuring: John Cullen, Kyle Fines, Briana Rayner and Dylan Rhymer
Tickets: $10 available in advance now at Eventbrite
Facebook event
Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 8-10 PM

Sunday, December 14
Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing – no limits edition. Not just books this time.
Cottage Bistro – 4470 Main Street
Featuring: Travis Dudfield, Jeff Gladstone, David C. Jones and Monica Hamburg
Tickets: $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
Facebook event
Doors: The Bistro is open for dinner from 5 PM
Show: 7:30-9:30 PM

FINALLY! Say Wha?! The Podcast is back!

Dudes, I FINALLY got my life together enough to start doing the Say Wha?! podcast again. Yay!!!

Thanks for all your complaints about wanting more that got me back on this train. I’ve got a great Marc Maron-y intro before the wonderful Say Wha?! reading so feel free to skip to the 3:12 mark to get right into it.

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 improvisor and comedian Chip Ellis deconstructing this book from your childhood:

 

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.