A Very Special Teen Angst Night

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I’m very excited about this special show featuring some of my favourite and most memorable Teen Angst Night readings over the past few years.

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Tickets – early bird discount on now! Limited availability. Missed out on the early bird special? Sign up for my mailing list and get a discount code if you sign up in time to catch the February 1 mailout.

What is Teen Angst Night? Check out my Teen Angst page for more info.

 

February Shows! Say Wha?! and Crashers

I’ve got two wonderful shows to get you through the first week of February.

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February 2, 8-10 PM

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street

Have you ever read a poorly written novel and thought to yourself, who publishes this crap? Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store? Perhaps you flipped through Sarah Palin’s/ Justin Beiber’s/ R. Kelly’s etc. autobiography and guffawed at her/his life story. Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about.

Funny people reading from terrible books.
$10 at the door

Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
Eric Fell – You know him from Critical Hit Show, The Gentlemen Hecklers and more
LeeAnn Keple – Laugh Riot Grrls Comedy, stand up comedian
Jacob Samuel – New Yorker cartoonist, host of Teenage Dirtbag
Michael John Unger – Co-founder of Nerd Night Vancouver

Georgia Straight:
“But is it real comedy? It most certainly is. People love to laugh and there are many routes to arrive at that destination. Is it traditional? It most certainly is not. It’s not what the average person envisions when they think of comedy. But regular shows would kill for these kinds of laughs.”

VanCityBuzz:
“At $10 at the door, Say Wha?! is a steal for a great night out.”

 

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February 3, 8-10 PM

Crashers

The Emerald, 555 Gore

$5 or FREE if you ‘audition’*

A comedic take on General Auditions.

Actors usually go through a process with a theatre company called “general auditions” where they present one or two contrasting monologues for a director or two. Finding audition pieces sucks. Over the years you may have come across texts that you wished you could do for an audition but never had the guts to … until now.

Maybe you will perform a monologue from insane YouTube comments, maybe you’ll share a tirade from a reality TV show, perhaps someone will perform a monologue from the movie Troll 2. Who knows what will happen?!

The first time we did this show people auditioned with song lyrics (Girl Named Sue and Single Ladies), reality TV (Tyra Banks on ANTM) and famous YouTube videos (that one where a woman yells at a bear eating her kayak).

Enjoy a ridiculous night of acting, comedy, and theatre.

*Note: audition pieces should be 2 minutes or less. Feel free to prepare two contrasting pieces to showcase your range.

 

So Many Angst Events!

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There has been some confusion and excitement going on with upcoming Teen Angst Nights. Here’s the information as clearly as I can put it.

Teen Angst Night

Tuesday, January 26 | 8:40- 10:30 PM* TONIGHT! Later start time

Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street

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*Due to whatever reasons there is another event happening at The Cottage Bistro tonight from 6:30-8:30 PM. We will have to wait outside or enter from the back alley prior to them finishing. We will aim to start the show as quickly as we can.

 

Teen Angst Open Mic Night

Wednesday, January 27 | 8-9:30 PM

Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street

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PWYC minimum $5 at the door – FREE for readers

If you’ve never read at a Teen Angst Night before THIS is your special opportunity. No sign ups, just show up and share!

I’ll be signing up readers at 7:30 PM.

 

Teen Angst Night at The Fox

Thursday, February 25 |8-10 PM

Fox Cabaret | 2321 Main Street

This is going to be a special show featuring me and some of my favourite readers over the past few years.

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Tickets – early bird discount on now! Limited availability.

 

What is Teen Angst Night?

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 would probably make you cringe 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- You cannot be proud of the work your sharing. It’s best if you’re extremely embarrassed of it.

Teen Angst Night is back on Tuesday!

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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- You cannot be proud of the work your sharing. It’s best if you’re extremely embarrassed of it.

TEEN ANGST NIGHT
Tuesday, January 26
8-10 PM
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street
$10 at the door (cash only)
Hosted by Sara Bynoe

NOTE: be sure to get there by 7:30 PM, this show fills up fast! The last few shows we have had to turn people away. :-(
CONFIRMED READERS
Julie Casselman
Tia Glenn-Cooke
Kyla del Rosario
Bonnie Quan Symons
Fatima Dhowre
Pia Edberg
Ed Hill
Emma Cooper
David C Jones
Tina Tag

PAST MEDIA ATTENTION

“But is it real comedy? It most certainly is. People love to laugh and there are many routes to arrive at that destination. Is it traditional? It most certainly is not. It’s not what the average person envisions when they think of comedy. But regular shows would kill for these kinds of laughs.” – Georgia Straight

“It’s high time the rhyme-crazy juveniles of the world are celebrated as the poetic prodigies we truly were.” – Nylon Magazine (referring to the book)

“I like it when the definition of “theatre” gets stretched. That’s what Sara Bynoe’s doing.” … “I gut laughed the whole evening. So did the rest of the audience. It was a full house. It always is. – TJ Dawe in the Charlebois Post

Two Wonderful Shows Next Week!

2016 is heating up and I’m going to be in two shows next week. I’m really excited about them! I hope to see you in the crowd. You’re not going to have more fun in this city next Monday or Tuesday for $10 – I guarantee it!

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Monday, January 18

PHANTOM SIGNAL: Tales Too Terrifying to Take Seriously.

Comedy-Horror Radio performed live on stage. An homage to creaky old radio anthologies of yesteryear – a blend of old-school horror and new-school humour, designed to entertain and/or eat you. Two brand new spine-tingling, narratively awkward stories each month, performed by a top-drawer cast with live music. Previous guest performers have included Deb Williams (The Flame), Denise Jones (Artistic Director of Vancouver TheatreSports) and Aaron Chapman (BC Book Prize winning author, historian, musician, and occasional actor). January’s Celebrity Guests are Sara Bynoe (me!) and Riel Hahn (hilarious comics, storytellers, and co-hosts of Novelty Act) with musical guests Red Hot Icicles Burning On Fire.

Monday, January 18 at 8PM (Doors at 7PM) at Fox Cabaret (2321 Main).

Tickets $8 (+service charge) at www.theatrewire.com or $10 at the door.

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Tuesday, January 19

NOVELTY ACT with Bynoe and Hahn

It’s our one year anniversary!

Riel Hahn and Sara Bynoe are hella excited to celebrate their one year anniversary of Novelty Act! So dress up, bring your favourite person because we are going to have a party and a show!

Tuesday, January 19
Tickets $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM

What to look forward to:
ReGift exchange! Bring a gift you got at Xmas but don’t want and exchange it for something someone else didn’t want.

It’s awesome, but don’t take our word for it, take Daryl’s!

I tested my implicit biases and you’ll never believe what happened next!

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Recently  I took an online test about implicit biases, ya know, because I like to party. Unlike explicit bias (the attitudes or beliefs that one endorses at a conscious level), implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behavior that results from subtle cognitive processes that often operate unconsciously without intentional control. Basically it can determine your unconscious discriminations.

I tested my implicit biases on skin-tone, weight, weapons, to see if I was a racist asshole who needs to join the NRA. New flash: I’m not. Then I looked at the section on mental health. My cursor hovered over the test: Do you implicitly associate yourself with being happy or sad? 

I paused. I held my breath. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to find out the answer.

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Throughout my life I’ve suffered bouts of sadness, at least since my teenage years –  I’ve got the bad poetry to prove it.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve been depressed. I have spent hours, days, weeks, and possibly years, actively hating myself; assuming that everyone else hated me too.

The summer of 2014 was a very dark time for me, probably my darkest yet. There were days I could barely get out of bed. I really, truly hated myself. I hated everything from my looks to my dreams and every decision I’d ever made. I snowballed all of my unlovable worthlessness into an enormous mound and slid into a pit of despair.

That summer there was a program in the media very similar to something I had worked on (and even pitched to the same producers in 2011) and every single day someone would message me to tell me about it; as if I wasn’t already aware of it. It felt like everyone was rubbing my failure in my face.

To make matters worse I had decided to spend the summer away from home. Unsatisfied with my career in Vancouver, and after 10 years of debating moving to Toronto, I decided to take 3 months off to try out the city. Shortly after I arrived I realized I’d taken a huge leap of faith and things were not falling into place the way I had hoped. I had the new-agey desire for ‘the universe’ to make the move easy for me and for the community to embrace me with open arms. In retrospect I can see that I was setting myself up for failure.

I moved four times in three months, which helped me get to know the city but kept me from feeling settled. I got an agent and auditioned every weekday but didn’t book anything in my short time there. Other than going to auditions my days were aimless. I couldn’t write. I didn’t know what to do with all my time. Money was tight and I started to fall deeper into a depression as I put more and more pressure on myself.

My best friend lives in Toronto. We’ve know each other since we were 14 years old and have seen each other through a lot of ups and downs, and one day we sat in a park and she watched me cry. She asked me to name 10 things I liked about myself. I couldn’t. I could barely come up with two things: my dimples and my friends.

At the end of August I went back to Vancouver tired and disappointed. The fact that I wasn’t in love with Toronto and Toronto wasn’t in love with me, I thought, confirmed that I was a failure. It wasn’t just that things didn’t go as planned, in my mind I blew it up to imply that I was an unlovable, unworthy human who was going nowhere in life. Then I thought about all the horrible things that have ever happened to me in my life. At some point I realized that I was caught in a horrible mental tape loop and I needed help. I couldn’t turn off my negative thoughts.

I had read about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) somewhere over the years and I was aware that my thoughts were always what harmed me the most and that CBT had to do with changing one’s thoughts. The week after I returned to Vancouver I called the local CBT centre and put my name on the waitlist. Sessions were going to cost a lot of money but I was desperate.

I got a call a few days later from the CBT centre telling me that there was new psychologist who had an opening in her schedule, we spoke the next day and I was in to see her a week later. Over the next few months I retrained my brain and slowly lifted myself out of a major depression.

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The other night as my cursor hovered over the implicit bias test on mental health I was anxious. I worried that I was hardwired for sadness at an unconscious level and I’d have to realize that no matter how much therapy I got I would always be sad. But, I did it.

I held my breath as the system analysed my answers.

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I know it’s just an online test but it was wonderful to confirm that I have made huge leaps since the summer of 2014. I now have methods to deal with my negative thoughts which brought me into a depression.

I know that everyone can’t afford CBT (heck, I couldn’t) so in my next few posts I’m going to share the methods and actions which brought me here; strongly identifying with happy.

I hope it helps or that is comforts you and enlightens you in some way.

New Year’s Thoughts: A Post With Over Sharing

My life is fun and very odd. #costume #oddjobs #actorslife #maskedselfie #fancybathroom

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A friend of mine doesn’t do New Year’s resolutions; she does words. She finds a word, or sometimes a phrase, that encompases how she wants to live her year. It’s like the Ally McBeal theme song tactic only much shorter.  I like this idea since there seems to be a lot of evidence that resolutions rarely pan out. Over time I’ve tried to adopt this habit but it hasn’t stuck. I can’t remember what the word I chose for 2015 was. It was probably something silly and slightly new-agey like joyful or radiance. In an effort to make this one stick I have decided to share this year’s word and write about it.

Are you ready? Here goes.

My word is COURAGE.

Brene Brown, the shame researcher/ storyteller you might know from her a kick-ass TED talk, the power of vulnerability, had this to say about courage:

“The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics are important and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics are often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary.” – Brene Brown

Here’s the thing, I know many of  you that follow me online or attend my events are likely to see me as I’ve tried to present myself; as a strong and fairly open-hearted woman. You’re likely thinking, ‘Courage? But you’re the one that can get up on stage and publicly embarrass herself by reading her awful teenage poetry in front of a large crowd. You dressed up in a sailor suit and tap danced at Novelty Act to a bizarre song you beep-boop sang.‘ You’re right, that’s what I do. That type of courage and vulnerability comes easily to me.

For the last few years I’ve held back my creativity and voice because I became fearful. I was afraid of failure, afraid of rejection, afraid of embarrassing and disappointing myself. To be honest, I still am, but it’s time to work though that shit. Silencing my creative voice, particularly my writing, made me feel small and repressed and then I got depressed. Like really truly, hard to get out of bed depressed.

I spent the better part of 2015 recovering from depression, which was exacerbated by horrible, negative self-talk. I went to a psychologist who specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I did THE WORK.(I’ve got a blog post about this and my recovery drafted – stay tuned!) For many months now I’ve felt more secure and happy in my life and I’m ready to move forward, work on projects/goals/ myself in a heartfelt, vulnerable, and courageous way.

So you’ve been warned; my blog is going to change its tone.

Of course, I’ll still be posting about my shows. If you want to unsubscribe to my overshares, go ahead.

You can subscribe to my newsletter and find out about my fun events on a monthly basis.

Here’s to new beginnings. Or at the very least a reset.

Last Novelty Act of 2015

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Riel Hahn and Sara Bynoe are getting a little misty eyed that this, the 12th edition, marks one whole year of Novelty Acts! They’ve learned so much, they’ve laughed, they’ve cried (from laughing), they’ve tap danced, they’ve bared their souls…and guess what? They’re gonna keep right on truckin’ into 2016! With some fancy new ideas, of course.

Come keep warm as we all enjoy that awesome part of the holidays where you’re done with family but not all weepy over not getting kissed on New Year’s Eve, and you haven’t gotten tired of drinking yet! Good thing, since cocktails are half price.

Riel will have been 44 years old for one week, and has some new jokes about depression and love (Ha. Ha.) Sara’s got a gold jumpsuit and is the funnest person you know. And, as always, excellent lipstick is promised.

When: Tuesday, December 29

Where: The Emerald, 555 Gore. We’re in the back cabaret room. Walk past the bathrooms, turn the corner left then turn the corner right. 

When: Doors at 7:30 PM & show at 8 PM

How much: $10 at the door or ask for the ‘sliding scale’ if you’re poor (minimum $5)

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GOLD JUMPSUIT PREVIEW

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Last Say Wha?! Show of 2016


Look at all these tabs! There’s so much Say Wha?! gold in this awful book.

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

Tuesday, December 1, 8-10 PM

Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street

$10

Featuring: Ivan Decker, Kyle Fines, Megan Phillips, & Justine Warrington.

Funny people reading from the worst books they can find. We read this so you don’t have to. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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