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.

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.

Cover Girl

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How do you get on the cover of the paper? Leave town, apparently. I guess it’s the consolation I get for losing my bus pass yesterday.

If you’re in Vancouver you can catch me, Dino Archie and Say Wha?! show alumni (and names in their own right) Paul Anthony and Ivan Decker on the cover of the WestEnder this week. I’m humbled, thrilled, flabbergasted, and astonished to be featured. Vancouver is full of great comedic talent, how the heck did I get included in this group?

From the article:

Funny Business

Vancouver’s comedy scene is blossoming thanks to some home-grown talent

Kelsey Klassen — WE Vancouver
June 5, 2014 01:19 PM

Vancouverites have long since earned a reputation for being as dour as our miserable weather. But like the welcome rays of sunshine on our Vitamin D-deficient faces, the brave women and men of Vancouver’s comedy scene seek to make us smile, or at least have us shoot beer out of our noses. Night after night, they take to the stage in their attempt to take over the world, one laugh at a time. Kelsey Klassen rounds up some local comedy kingpins to find what makes them tic.

Sara Bynoe 

Who are you? Sara Bynoe actor, writer, host and producer of Teen Angst Night and Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing.

Age? Why do you want to know? Are you trying to steal my identity?

Where are you from? Canada. Stop trying to steal my personal information, you crook!

What is your claim to fame? I’m the most single woman in Vancouver.

What is the Canadian equivalent of “making it”? Getting on The Mike Bullard show. Is that still on?

The comedy scene in Vancouver: Still growing, already peaked, booming? Explain… It’s growing. There are so many shows now that I never see my friends in my audience – they’re too busy doing their own shows. Y’all should check out Instant Theatre, Little Mountain, The Laugh Gallery, The Hero Show, Comedy Gems at the Emerald, The Ryan and Amy show, there are also great comedy shows happening at Hot Art Wet City and the Rio Theatre and so many more. It’s the indie comedy scene that inspires me the most.

Darkest day so far in the journey? The day I was asked to wear high heels and a trench coat and show up to an audition in Room 306 at Bosman’s Hotel.

Read the full article HERE.

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Tonight’s Say Wha?! is a Media Star

Tonight is my last show that I’m producing in Vancouver until the fall. Why? I’m going to Toronto for June, July and August. Why am I going to Toronto? Many reasons. I’ll share them in a few days. But now I’d like to draw your attention to the wonderful support I’ve received from local media for tonight’s Four Year Anniversary Show of Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing.

Show details

8-10pm | Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street | Funny people reading from terrible books | $10 at the door, sliding scale available | Facebook Event

WE Vancouver | WestEnder

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The Courier

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The Scout List | Scout Magazine

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Can’t make it to the show? That’s so sad. Why don’t you console yourself by listening to the podcast.

Teen Angst and Say Wha?! Review

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The Charlebois-Post is a blog that focuses on Canadian performing arts, mostly theatre.

TJ Dawe has recently participated in both Say Wha?! and Teen Angst Nights and wrote this lovely review of the shows. Who’s TJ Dawe? Well, he’s one of my theatrical heroes. He ruled the Canadian Fringe circuit for many years. He’s a writer, director, and performer who is always doing great and interesting work. 

You can read his full review here. Highlights below.

“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.”  – About Teen Angst Night.

“I almost pissed my pants. Which is its own kind of catharsis.” – About Say Wha?!

” If you get a chance to attend one, or participate – take it. It’s a healing experience.” – About both shows.

The next Say Wha?! show is Wednesday, January 15 at the Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, 8-10pm 

The next Teen Angst Night is Sunday, February 23 at the Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, 8-10pm

SCOUT LIST: 10 Things You Should Do

Fifty Shades of Say Wha?!

Every week Scout Magazine rounds up some of the best things happening in Vancouver. I’m lucky enough to have been on it a few times in the past. Today it happened again.

From Scout Magazine

LAUGH | Say Wha?! (Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing) goes down Friday night. If you’re not familiar with it, Say Wha?! is a comedy show wherein performers put their spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing ever found in print. This Friday’s readings, hosted by comedian and Say Wha?! founder Sara Bynoe, will be dedicated to satirizing the Fifty Shades of Grey series – what could be more cringe-worthy and embarrassing than that? Hustle over to Main Street and settle in for a night of schadenfun.
Fri, Nov. 29 | Doors: 7:30pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main Street) | $10 | Tickets

Special guest readers include: Dina Del Bucchia, Shirley Gnome, Conni Smudge

Media Coverage of Say Wha?! Toronto

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Producing a show in a new city is always stressful.

You have no track record of good shows, your email address is unfamiliar to journalists, and just who do you think you are coming all the way from Vancouver putting on a show in Hogtown?

I was nervous and starting to feel sad that no one was paying attention.

Sure, my show made it into BlogTO, The Grid, and Now listings, but I hadn’t been contacted by anyone for any sort of preview about the show. I’ve been spoiled in the past. Last time I did a show in Toronto was for the 2007 Fringe when I did F*ck Off and Die: Tales in Teen Angst Poetry and I got all sorts of great pre-press. It was silly of me to produce a show during the Toronto International Film Festival. Wah. Wah. Wah.

Then Friday morning I woke up to a bunch of text messages and tweets from friends and followers telling me that CBC Metro in the Morning was talking about Say Wha?! and how it was one of their recommendations for things to do this weekend.

Here’s a screen grab from their post.

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Then to make my Saturday sparkle my best friend texted me this photo. The Globe and Mail included my show as one of five things they think you should do in Toronto this weekend.
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I’m cheekily gazing over to the  Queen of literary Canada, as if to say, one of your books is next.

I know it’s terrible to equate self-worth with media recognition, but it makes me feel respected and a part of the creative community when the crazy shows I produce get covered in the media.

I’m really looking forward to tonight!

If you didn’t buy your ticket in advance I suggest you come to the box office early, it opens at 6pm, doors are around 6:30 and the show is at 7pm, Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street.

If you don’t live in Toronto, or my current home of Vancouver, you should listen to the podcast. You should also subscribe on iTunes, give it 5 stars, and write me a nice review. ;-)

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Discorder Magazine Interview

Get the April edition of Disorder Magazine for the paper version of this interview with me. Or check out their handy dandy PDF version. 

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Note: This article seems to imply that I started Dance Dance Party Party, I did not. It was started in 2007 in NYC. I started the Vancouver Chapter in 2008.

Say Wha?! November Show TOMORROW

Comedian Ivan Decker reading at a Say Wha?! show in 2011.

It’s November, let’s get cozy and listen to funny people read us about terrible writing. Grab a drink and your favorite people for a laughter-filled evening with me and these people.

Dina Del Bucchia is a writer, book maven and MC, and dress enthusiast who also likes to watch a lot of television. Her first book of poetry, Coping with Emotions and Otters, will be released by Talonbooks in spring 2013.

Comedian Gary Jones is an award-winning playwright and improviser. He currently writes for CBC Radio’s “The Debaters.” He has a column in BC Business Magazine called “Unconventional” in which he attends gatherings at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and makes fun of them. He’s worked with Nick Nolte, Katherine Hepburn and Andre the Seal, one of whom ate a bucket of fish a day.

Tegan Verheul is an actor, writer and comedian from Vancouver. She is a founding member of Vancouver’s finest sketch comedy group, Pump Trolley Comedy. Check out their new show, Pump Trolley Comedy Presents: The End of the World! this Thursday and Friday, 8:30pm at the China Cloud Theatre. You can also see Tegan improvise around town with Ghost Jail Theatre or the charmingly charming  duo Tegan and Sarah. Follower her on twitter @TeganTegan.

Bruce Horak has been N.F.A. for two
 and a half years. (No fixed address) His
show, “This Is CANCER” – in which he
 portrays the disease that took 90% of his 
vision – is a darkly comedic cabaret which
 has both inspired and offended audiences
across the country. Bruce is often mistaken for a sighted
 person by people who don’t know him
… and even by some who do. He has
 painted a series of portraits which 
attempt to capture his unique vision 
called, “The Way I See it” which will 
be shown at the Kelowna Art Gallery,
 opening January 11th, 2013. You can check out a sampling of the
 portraits at brucehorak.com

Say Wha?! takes place at Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, on the third Wednesday of every month. The next one takes place on November 21st from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cover is $5-10 at the door, sliding scale. 

ALSO read all about Say Wha?! in INSIDE VANCOUVER.