Novelty Act

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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.

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



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.



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


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.


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.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Admission is FREE!


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
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
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
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.



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?!

Say Wha Dec 2014

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

Another Teen Angst Night

Teen Angst Night

It’s happening again. This Sunday, November 2. The show I’ve been producing for longer than I was a teenager.

Teen Angst Night is comedic reading series where everyday people read from their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays (and more).

Readers 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!

This show is full for readers but if you want to get on my list/ roster just message me.

Sunday, November 2
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street
7:30-9:30 PM
Suggested $10 at the door

Say Wha?! The Musical Edition – Encore, Encore!

Say Wha The Musical

We’ve done this show before and it was so much fun that we’ve done it again and again. This Sunday at the Cottage Bistro (4468 Main Street) Mike Mackenzie and I will be doing the fourth edition of this Say Wha?! spinoff. Mike shares his passion about the musicals with us and talented musical theatre actors will perform HORRIBLE songs from the Broadway cannon. Sound good? We think so!

But don’t take our word for it, here’s what audiences have said (ok, tweeted).

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Facebook Event

Sunday, October 26 | Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street | 7-9 PM | $10 cash at the door

A Special Occasion

I think my nose looks good in this sailor suit.

I’m about to do something new. It’s called A Special Occasion. What is it?

* Inspired by salons of the 18th Century this event will educate and entertain.
* It’s an opportunity to wear that thing you’ve been waiting for a special occasion for. For me, that means my sailor outfit. Maybe it’s your tuxedo, or fancy heels, or “I’m off to the races’ hat, or perhaps it’s your super comfy onesie that you really want to wear out of the house but don’t feel comfortable doing that.. Whatever it is, THIS is your excuse. We will not judge.
* It’ll have Comedy, Music, Games, Stories, Discussions, Fun, Food and Drinks.

What inspired this event?

Often I’ll go to a show, sit in a seat and never interact with anyone else in the venue besides the person I cam with. Sure, the show is fun and entertaining but what’s missing from going out is interaction with like-minded people.

Over the past few years there’s been a lot of talk about how it’s hard to meet people in this city. After years producing alternative comedy I’m taking a step in a new direction with this show, sure there’ll still be comedy, fun, and sass but this event aims to make the audience an important part of the evening.

Thursday, October 16
Dinner available from 6:30pm
Show 8-10pm
The Emerald, 555 Gore
$40 with dinner (pris fixe - 4 course meal)
$15 for show only
Advanced tickets available

Who will be performing?

Sara Bynoe will host.


Kris ElgstrandMusic and musings.

Dina Del Bucchia – Poetry, words and sass.


Sara Bynoe speaks with Zach Browman on connection. We’ll get flirting tips and more!

The Venue

The event takes place in the main lounge of The Emerald, a cabaret room, lounge, and bar local on Gore Street. Evoking the spirit of a sophisticated 1960’s Vegas hot spot, this Rat Pack-style setting incorporates ornate crystal chandeliers and mid-century furnishings into the décor, designed to resemble a space and a time that was extinct in Vancouver.

Facebook Event Page

Back in Vancouver, Say Wha?!

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It’s back! Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

Funny people reading from terrible books.

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 any celebrity autobiography and guffawed at her/his life story. Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about.


Nicole Passmore
Cameron Macleod
Lauren McGibbon
Chip Ellis

Sunday, September 28 | 8-10PM | The Emerald, 555 Gore | Facebook Event Page | TIckets: $10, cash only at the door or in advance


Pick of the week on BlogTO, Torontoist, CBC Radio Toronto- Here and Now, The Courier, WestEnder, Georgia Straight, Scout Magazine – pretty much any media there is has told you to go to this show.

“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, The Charlebois Post

“The Say Wha?! series offers an important and perfectly Canadian contribution to the (Vancouver literary) scene: ‘Quit taking yourselves so seriously.'”- Sean Cranbury, Granville Mag

Now in podcast form: