Novelty Act En Blanc (et Noir, et whatever the eff you want)

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Join Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn in the Cabaret Room at the Emerald for a night of comedy, storytelling, and joy on the same night as the amazingly ridiculous Dinner En Blanc event.. Why not wear white and come to a place where you don’t have to bring your own white table and chairs?

These two Vancouver treasures are charming and multi talented forces of nature and both are kind of uncategorizeable, so they made a show where they do whatever they want on stage, which equals them having a good time, which equals you having a GREAT time!

Funny, smart, welcoming and probably a bit weird, it’s Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!

“Whatever we do on this edition, we guarantee it will be fun! And we promise to wear lipstick.”

*Arrive on time. They are punctual ladies.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays! (And a lovely menu!)

SHOW DETAILS

Tuesday, August 25 (TONIGHT!)
The Emerald Cabaret Room | 555 Gore Street
$10 cash at the door or $8 in advance on Eventbrite
More info about Novelty Act (videos, info, etc.)

Riel is working on some songs. I’m working on a crazy tap dance.
Wear your black, or your white, or whatever the eff you want. We just want you to bring your fine self… and maybe a fine single friend.

Show starts at 8 PM. Doors to the cabaret room are at 7:30 PM. Arrive early to get your fancy 1/2 priced cocktails before the show.

Share a Little Teen Angst This Fall

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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.

Teen Angst Night is an 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!

The next event is Wednesday, September 23 from 8-10 PM at the Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver.

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 you read. It’s best if you’re extremely embarrassed of it.

Readers must sign up to read in advance (see form below:

Teachers Read From Terrible Books

Are you hot for teacher? You will be after tonight’s Say Wha?! show.

As you know Say Wha?! is a show where 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 available during the ‘regular year.’ Enjoy this show while they’re on vacation! (Did you watch the video above? I’m a teacher, too!)

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

Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
$10 at the door
Show: 8-10 PM (it’s still a school night after all)

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).

Novelty Act – July 

 Tuesday July 28, 8-10 PM | $10 at the door or $8 in advance | Facebook Event

Join Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn in the Cabaret Room at the Emerald for a night of comedy, storytelling, and joy.

These two Vancouver treasures are charming and multi talented forces of nature, and both are kind of uncategorizeable, so they made a show where they do whatever they want on stage, which equals them having a good time, which equals you having a GREAT time!

Funny, smart, welcoming and probably a bit weird, it’s Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!
“Whatever we do on this edition, we guarantee it will be fun! And we promise to wear lipstick.”

*Arrive on time. They are punctual ladies.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays! (And a lovely menu!)

Want to know more about Novelty Act? Check out the main page. 

Smells Like Teen Angst Night

TeenAngstReviewsTeen 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!

You do NOT want to miss this event because you’ll get to hear the musings from some of your favourite Vancouverites including Paul Anthony (Talent Time), Aaron Read (The Sunday Service), Chris Bentzen (Hot Art Wet City), and more!
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What is this event like? Here’s some smellivision for ya

Bynoe and Hahn explain Novelty Act

Tonight is Novelty Act!

Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn are back with another night of comedy, storytelling, and joy.

Whatever this night is, we guarantee it will be fun! And we’ll probably wear lipstick.

Tuesday, June 30 , 8-10 PM*
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
The Emerald, 555 Gore

* Sharp. We are punctual ladies.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays!

Things to get excited for:

* We haven’t seen each other in over two weeks!

* Bynoe just got back from Toronto and NYC where she went to the Nancy Kerrigan Tonya Harding 1994 museum. Yes!

* It’s hot and sunny in Vancouver, let’s have drinks and celebrate!

Novelty Act – Bynoe and Hahn!

Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn are back with another 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, June 30 , 8-10 PM*
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Facebook event (see if your friends are coming or invite your crush!)

* Sharp. We are punctual ladies.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays!

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.

DETAILS

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

Facebook Event

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.
Facebook event

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!
Facebook event