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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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

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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I’m Here All Week

I’m hosting/ producing two shows this week and telling a story at another. Come check out the fun.

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Novelty Act

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

Whatever happens, you know it will be warm and funny and a lipstick of a good time show party. Plus half price cocktails, so how can you go wrong?

Bynoe and Hahn can’t wait.

Tuesday, November 24
The Emerald Cabaret – 555 Gore Street
8-10 PM
$10 at the door

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Generals: Audition Pieces We Wish We Could Do

Here’s the concept:
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 I’ve come across texts that I wished I could do for an audition but never had the guts to until now.

Maybe people will perform a monologue from insane YouTube comments, maybe they’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?!

Come out for a ridiculous night of acting, comedy, and theatre.

Wednesday, November 25
Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street
8-10 PM
Pay What You Can

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Rain City Chronicles
Friday, November 27
Famee Furlane of Vancouver
2605 East Pender Street
Show at 8 PM

I’m going to be telling a downer story about my horrible family and why I don’t like Xmas. I bet most of these people will share a delightful tale:

Eva Lewis
Cory Philpott
Bryant Ross
Abby Shumka
Danny Ramada
Racquel Belmonte
Cole Nowicki
Natalie Hawryshkewich
Tamara Stanners
Toby Hargrave

Tickets $32 on Eventbrite

 

WHAT? You don’t have time to catch all these shows? Just check out Novelty Act on Tuesday. I’ll probably preview my monologues and Xmas story on that show. Win – Win – Win!

The Life Game

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I want to tell you about a project I’m involved in.

The Life Game is an audacious new experiment in radio. Each evening our guest allows improvisers to act out key moments of their life in front of a live audience.

The format was developed to honour the life stories of remarkable people. Originally developed by Keith Johnstone of the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary, the show has toured around the world. The Life Game will air on CBC Radio One in 2016.

November 16, 17* and 18
Studio 1 at CBC
700 Hamilton Street
Show: 7:30 PM

*same night as Teen Angst Night, choose wisely ;-)

I’m associate producing this event and we need YOU in the audience. I’ll be there Nov 16 & 18.

Tickets are FREE! Yay!

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Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.

TEEN ANGST NIGHT Can’t Stop and it Won’t Stop. 

Way back in the year 2000 I had the idea for TeenAngstPoetry.com – an online database of the world’s worst poetry written during adolescent angsty times. For the website launch I hosted a Teen Angst Night and invited everyone to get up on stage and read something they wrote when they were a teenager.

15 years later this night is still going. Why? Because it’s timeless fun.

Join me on Tuesday, November 17, 8-10 PM for another Teen Angst Night at The Cottage Bistro (4468 Main Street). Enjoy cheap drinks, food, and laugh as people share stories and read verbatim the most embarrassing things they could find in their childhood closets.

The reader list is full, but if you want to get on the list for the next time I do this event sign up HERE. 

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Here’s one of my favourite readings from past Teen Angst Nights.