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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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.

 

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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Special Guest Host Eric Fell, Say Wha?!

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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.
 
At Say Wha?! engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on the worst writing in print.
 
Hosted by Eric Fell* (Gentleman Hecklers, The Critical Hit Show)
Featuring:
Carla Mah (You’ve seen her kill it at Rapp Battlez and at VTSL’s Rookie League)
Travis Bernhardt (You know his from the Vancouver Fringe, Instant Theatre and MAGIC!)
Caitlin Howden (You love her at The Sunday Service! She’s a Second City alumni)
 
Tuesday, October 20 – TONIGHT!
Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street
Sliding scale: Suggested $10 at the door, minimum of $5
Show: 8-10 PM
 
VanCityBuzz:
“At $10 at the door, Say Wha?! is a steal for a great night out.”
 
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.”
 
*Eric Fell is hosting because I double booked myself, but if anyone was to host the show for me, I know Eric Fell is the perfect person for the job. See below:

Yay! Another Say Wha?! Show

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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.

At Say Wha?! engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the worst writing in print.

Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
Travis Bernhart
Eric Fell
Caitlin Howden
Carla Mah

Tuesday, October 20
Show: 8-10 PM

$10 cash at the door

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

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 Covers Say Wha?!

 VanCityBuzz recently covered a Say Wha?! show. Read their original post HERE. Or see check out my repost below.

Say Wha?! slams badly written books with comedic flair

Sara Bynoe by Kathryn Mussallem

“Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing” takes a new spin on your traditional comedy night out, which is welcome news for those getting sick of the usual players and show format.

Instead of relying on the performer to come up with a 100% original act, “Say Wha?!” is based around “readings of deliciously rotten writings.” On the night I dropped in at Main Street’s Cottage Bistro, the ‘education’ lineup included a 1960s swingers advice book, two Twilight rip-offs, a former Wheel of Fortune model’s personal memoir and a local B.C. teacher’s tell-all on her real-life affair with an underage student.

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Golden material aside, Say Wha?! relies on the interplay between book and performer, in a novel way that leaves most of the frat boy humour at home. Audience participation is just as important, cries of “say wha?!” goading the performers onto new highs (or lows). The night pokes fun at the pitfalls of dime-a-dozen paperbacks (or is it $4.99 red-sticker discount books? What is the going rate for bargain bin fodder nowadays?) – bad writing, continuity errors, author pseudonyms and blatant copycatting. Say Wha?! mimics the commentary in your head of that ill-considered vacation read, putting badly-written yarns under the close scrutiny of sharp-witted comedians.

Image: Kathryn Mussallem

The performers couldn’t have been any more different, and this is the great levelling effect of the night. No matter how big (or modest) the name, everyone starts off on the same foot – a novel, a microphone, and an appreciative audience. At $10 at the door, Say Wha?! is a steal for a great night out.


More information here.

Disclaimer: Vancity Buzz’s Jon Keller, was one of the performers at this particular edition of Say Wha?!

Say Wha?! School’s Still Out Edition

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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.

At Say Wha?! engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing in print.

It’s August so we’ve got a hot line-up of education professionals who normally aren’t easily available during the ‘regular year.’ Enjoy this show while they’re on vacation!

Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
John Cullen
Jen Hill
Billeh Nickerson
Jon Keller

Tuesday, August 18
Show: 8-10 PM (it’s still a school night after all)

$10 at the door (cash only)

Facebook Event (see all the cool people who have already said they’re attending)

Is this show fun? Yes! But don’t take our word for it listen to The 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.

Bynoe probably nails it with the simplest explanation. “It’s easier to sell to an audience if you have a hook,” she says. “I think because people are onboard with the concept when they arrive at the venue, the energy of the room is much less judgier. People are not like, ‘Make me laugh.’ They’re like, ‘Oh yeah, this is fun.’ ”

That’s just it: these shows are fun. And different. Standup is standup and improv is improv and both are great, but there is a sameness to the shows (individual performers notwithstanding).

TORONTO, Say Wha?! is back!

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Last summer I produced and hosted a couple of Say Wha?! shows at the fantastic Comedy Bar in Toronto and I’m so excited to be back there next week with another edition of the show. The line-up is fantastic, Toronto audiences are wonderful, and everything about this is making me squeal with glee.

Tell your friends in the big smoke that they should get their butts down to Comedy Bar on Wednesday night for the best $10 they’ll spend all week.

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Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing is a comedy show where funny people read from the WORST books they can find.

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.

Wednesday, June 17 | 8 – 9:30 PM

Comedy Bar| 945 Bloor Street West
Tickets: $10 
Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
Ashley Botting
Jordan Cohen
Erin Rodgers
Sarah Szloboda

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June Shows!

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Hey guys! Here’s what’s going on for me in the month of June. The days are full of sunshine so make the most of it and go see some shows! It’s safe to leave the house.

Sunday, June 7
Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street | 8-10 PM
$10 at the door
Funny people reading from the worst books they can find. Like books, hate books? This is your show. Featuring: Brent Constantine, Ross Dauk, Gregory Milne, Heather Ross.
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Wednesday, June 17
Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing TORONTO
Comedy Bar | 945 Bloor Street West | 8-9:30 PM
$10 at the door
Funny people reading from the worst books they can find. Like books, hate books? This is your show.
Featuring: Ashley Bolting, Jordan Cohen, Erin Rodgers, and Sarah Szloboda
Facebook event

Thursday, June 18
Twitter Hell
E.L. James is publishing a new Fifty Shades of Grey book. This time it’s from Christian Grey’s point of view. I’ll probably live-tweet this because I hate myself and love you.

Novelty Act FacebookTuesday, June 30
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.
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Looking Ahead
Teen Angst Night | Tuesday, July 7 | Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street | 8-10 PM
$10 at the door
People reading their old angsty and melodramatic teenage diaries and poetry collections for your entertainment. You held on to those journals for a reason, right? THIS IS THAT REASON!
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Learn The Truth About Fifty Shades of Grey

Tonight in your city there will be a movie theatre full of sexual frustration and bad book lovers. Yes, that mommy-porn phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey has been made in to a movie. It was filmed in my home city, Vancouver, and since they didn’t offer me a part I’m protesting the entire thing.

Actually, I was going to do another edition of my Fifty Shades of Say Wha?! show but I ended up going to Hawaii. My bad.

You can rile against EL James’ messed up version of BDSM and throw some funny facts in the faces of Fifty Shades fans by listening to the Fifty Shades of Say Wha?! podcast. Share it with your friends and let them know the TRUTH about how awful that series is.

Truth like the Fifty Shades of Grey tampon sceneThis is Anastasia Steele’s Say Wha?! moment:

He reaches between my legs and pulls on the blue string – what?!- and gently pulls my tampon out and tosses it into the nearby toilet. Holy Fuck. Sweet mother of all… Jeez. And then he’s inside me … ah! 

Sadly this scene didn’t make it into the movie.

Fifty Shades of Say Wha?!

In this podcast, a recording from a live show I did at Hot Art Wet City in 2013, I rant about the books, throw down some truth bombs, and gave sex scenes to Dina Del Bucchia, Shirley Gnome and the Unstoppable Conni Smudge.

Listen (and subscribe!) to the Say Wha?! podcast on iTunesRSS feed, or just stream the episode HERE:

Want more of my ranting about Fifty Shades? Check these out:

Recap of this event HERE

Top Search terms that bring people to my site about Fifty Shades of Grey HERE

My plot summary of Fifty Shades of Grey HERE

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!

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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 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. 

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