Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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 autobiography and guffawed at her 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.
We like to call it Verbatim Comedy, because you can’t make this shit up!
The event producer, and host, Sara Bynoe was inspired to create this night after she found a bad romance novel in a hostel in Bath, England which provided hours of entertainment for her friends. Since the show first launched in June 2010 Say Wha?! has been in the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Vancouver International Poetry Festival and the Olio Festival.
Video of the first event shot and edited by Tom Weston.
Video of the August show also shot and edited by Tom Weston.
Review from Granville Mag
As Vancouver continues to emerge as a leader in the present and future of writing on the world stage—via publications like Poetry is Dead and One Cool Word and events held by the Vancouver Book Club, the Robson Reading Series and the Vancouver International Writers Festival, to name a few, the Say Wha?! series offers an important and perfectly Canadian contribution to the scene: “Quit taking yourselves so seriously.”
If you can handle a little humour with your Hemingway, I suggest you check out the Say Wha?! series this month and every month after that.
MORE INFO ABOUT THE SHOW
Vancouver Courier Article HERE
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How to you pronounce the name of the show? VIDEO
Next show: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Three Year Anniversary Show!
Third Wednesday of every month
Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street
Tickets: $5-10 at the door, cash only (suggested $10 but we work with a sliding scale)
Wedneday, May 15, 2013 RECAP
Sara Bynoe – Touch Me, the poetry of Suzanne Somers
Briana Rayner – Electric: The Best Lesbian Erotic Fiction
Stu Popp – Tailchaser’s song
Devon Lougheed – The Alternative Vegan
LeeAnn Kepel – Obsession by Gloria Vanderbuilt
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 RECAP
Kyle Fines – The Boxcar Children Mysteries
Riel Hahn – The Pregnant Virgin
Sara Bynoe – 14.5 Things a Woman Shouldn’t Do and How to Make a Man Love You
Kevin Smith – Wanderlust: Homoerotic Tales of Travel
Michael Unger – All Known Metal Names
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 RECAP
Sara Bynoe – Playboy Mansion stories: Sliding into Home and Bunny Tales
Gary Jones – 365 Ways to Kiss
Warren Bates – Take it From Us: Advice from 262 Celebrities
Chip Ellis – Do it yourself Coffins
Nicole Passmore – Keeping the Faith by Faith Evans
Wednesday, February 20, 2012 RECAP
Sara Bynoe – Text Appeal for Girls by Mike Masters and “He Won’t Marry You: 75 Reasons Why He Won’t Commit and What To Do About It!” by Mike Masters.
Cam MacLeod – “Soulacoaster: Diary of Me” by R. Kelly
Brad McNeil – “The Woman I Was Born to Be” by Susan Boyle
Emily Elias: “Miles to Go” by Miley Cyrus
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sara Bynoe – “Bear” by Marion Engel
Stu Popp – “Anonymous Rex” by Eric Garcia
Dina Del Bucchia – ”Inside & Out” by Tyra Banks
Lauren McGibbon – “Chicks on Film”
Kyle Bottom – “Happy Cat, Happy You” by Arden Moore
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Eric Fell – ‘Touched by an Alien’ by Gini Koch
Gary Jones – “Daily Dilly”
Devon Lougheed – “What came before he shot her” by Elizabeth George
Sara Bynoe – (she can’t remember)
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Sara Bynoe -Dating: Picking (and Being) a Winner by Barry St. Clare and Bill Jones
Dina Del Bucchia – How to Make Love to a Single Man
Bruce Horak – VoiceOver reading from his iPad
Gary Jones -Bag of Jokes
Tegan Verheul – P.S., I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Fifty Shades of Say Wha?!
Wednesday, November 7
Sara Bynoe with Connie Smudge, April O’Peel and Emmelia Gordon
October 17, 2012
Sara Bynoe – How to Pick-Up Topless Dancers by Derek Evans
Riel Hahn – Pure Desire by Ted Roberts
Reese McBeth – Here’s the Situation by Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
Ryan Steele- Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Chip Ellis- SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld
September 19, 2012
Recap Blog LINK
Sara Bynoe – Text Appeal For Guys by Mike Masters and 50 Shades Darker by E.L. James
Chip Ellis – Caillou the Prince
Eric Fell – The Justice Riders by Chuck Norris
Bronwen Marsen – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Lauren McGibbon – Everyday Etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt
Thursday, June 7, 2012 (Second Year anniversary show)
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sara Bynoe (host, as per usual) – Badass by Shannen Doherty
Chip Ellis – The Seven Lady Godivas by Dr. Seuss
Ken Hegan – Mr T. The Man With The Gold by Mr T.
Diana Frances – Jesus Christ II
Taz Van Rassel – How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby and Marriage at its Best
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Sara Bynoe – Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Travis Bernhardt – To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl.
Julia Stretch – Why Men Love Bitches
Tara Travis – Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories by Arthur S. Maxwell
Amy Wilding – Dream Dictionary
Ira Young – Sexual Energy Ecstasy
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
and Sara Bynoe
Wednesday, October 16, 2011
Sara Bynoe – Wet Goddess: Recolections of a Dolphin Lover
Mackenzie Gray – X-Files Novel
Reese McBeth -
Lauren McGibbon -
Jennifer Perrin – Baby Bonanza
Dylan Rhymer – If God Loves Me Why Can’t I Get My Locker Open
Steve Rondeau – The Gay Manual
Stacie Steadman – Erotic Astrology
Olio Festival, September 22 – Guilt and Co.
Charles Demers- Fan Fiction
Kaitlin Fontana – Fan Fiction
Adam Pateman – Ancient Erotica
Devon Lougheed – Cats and their Dykes
Eric Fell – Slugs!
Dina Del Buccia – Katie Price
Chip Ellis – Never Look at a Monkey
Full bios of the readers here:
One Year Anniversary show!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
David Bloom – Actor and Artistic Director of Felix Culpa
Rob Brownridge Co-producer of Talent Time and man about town
Ivan Decker – One of Vancouver’s most popular stand-up comedians
Eric Fell – Mainstage member of Vancouver Theatre Sports J
Jeff Gladstone – Improvisor with Vancouver Theatre Sports, Actor and Musician
Riel Hahn – funny, pretty, sassy comedian
Alicia Tobin – another of Vancouver’s most popular stand-up comedians
Taz Vanrassel – Improvisor with Vancouver Theatre Sports and The Sunday Service
May 18, 2011
Dina Del Bucchia – Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal
Devon R Lougheed – The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva
Melanie Moore – Essay from an Erotic Art show from Winnipeg
France Perras – MAN – The Book – by Clay Travis and the Deadly Hippos
Megan Phillips – The Secret of My Inner Strength: My Story by Chuck Norris
Tara Travis – The Belly Dancer in You by Ozel
Daniel Zomparelli -Boytoon Adventures a comic book
Thursday April 21, 2011
Vancouver International Poetry Festival
The Best of Say Wha?!
Roots Lounge -1025 Commercial Dr MAP
Readers included: Eric Fell, Chip Ellis, Riel Hahn, Lauren McGibbon and Steve Pelton.
April 26, 2011
Paul Anthony -?
Margret Nyfors – Craigslist posts
Bradley Duffy -?
Beth Garner – Cosmopolis by Don Delillo
Jeff Gladstone – ?
Duncan Paterson – The poetry of William Topaz McGonagall
Shaun Stewart – It’s Malibu by Pat Booth
Friday, April 29, 2011
Co-produced by Sara Bynoe Entertainment and Not Your Grandma’s Poetry
Pamela Bethel What Turns Men On by Brigitte Nioche
Morgan Cranny – 101 Ways To Know If Your Man Is Cheating On You!: Stop Guessing And Know For Sure! By The Captian
Dave Morris – The short second life of Bree Tanner
Christina Patterson – Beiber the Fever
Matthew Payne Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
Missie Peters – Twilight
Chris Vickers – The Selected Journals of Jann Arden
Alex Walsenko – ?
March 16, 2011
Brad Duffy – Batman and Robin #66, An exerpt from Meet the Kardashians, A Mcdonalds nutritional guide, and a monologue by Brynlee Bukatka, age 2
Bronwen Marsden – Celtic Myth and Magick: Harnessing the Power of the Gods and Goddesses” by Edain McCoy.
Sam S Mullins – ?
Marcel Perro – Ultimatum by Richard Rohmer
Nicole “Coco” Roberge – The Demon King and I by Candace Havens
Michael John Unger – The Liner notes from the self titled “Boston” album from 1976
February 16, 2011
Robyn Daye Edwards – Have Mercy by Jo Leigh
Eric Fell – Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs
Riel Hahn – Tao and the Defiant Woman: Five Brazen Ways to Accept What You Must and Rebel Against the Rest.
Ken Hegan – Witch’s Fire
Devon R Lougheed – Cats and their Dykes
Cameron Macleod – The Rock Says… by The Rock
Lauren McGibbon – Committed by the awful Elizabeth Gilbert
Sarah Szloboda – Pride and Pregnancy
Sara Bynoe – Dark Avenger and The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction by Mystery
January 26, 2011
Kyle Bottom – Happy Cat Happy You: Quick tips for building a bond with your feline friend” by Arden Moore
Morgan Brayton – Mindfreak: Secret Revelations by (the intolerable) Criss Angel.
Chip Ellis – The Interrogative Mood: A Novel (?) by Padgett Powell.
Raphael Kepinski – Love Don’t Live Here No More; Doggy Tales Volume 1 by Snoop Dogg and David E.Talbert
Lauren Martin – The Ultimate Dick and Jane: How To Be Your Own Dick
Sam S Mullins – “14 000 Things to be Happy About” by Barbara Ann Kipfer
“Being Safe: Never Be a Victim” by Edward N. Ross
“1001 Ways to Meet Mr. Right” by Elizabeth Shimer Bowers
Lauren McGibbon -
Steve Pelton – Family Relations: Guide for Men. Published 1948.
December 15, 2010
Andrew Barber – The Single Girls Guide To Meeting European Men
Eric Fell – Cockpit Caper
Jeff Gladstone – Mary Kate and Ashley Olson Adventure
Lauren McGibbon – Mrs. Mike, the Story of Katherine Mary Flannigan
Billeh Nickerson – Lenard Nemoy’s Poetry
Denise Jones – Body Music a New Experience in Group Massage
Steve Pelton – The digest of hygiene for mothers and daughters – circa 1946
Ryan Steele – The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex For Men
November 17, 2010
You can watch the entire show HERE.
October 13, 2010
Michael Eckford – Episode Synopsis of Jersey Shore Season 2
Monica Hamburg- Creepy Email
Tob Maffin Newspaper corrections
Lauren McGibbon – Girl Talk, a 1981 guide to beauty
David C Jones- The Hellian and the Highlander (tartan!)
Duncan Shields – Bad Beat Poetry
Daniel-Ryan Spaulding – Kate Gosling
September 22, 2010
Craig Anderson – - Kelsey Grahmer
Eric Fell – 1001 Ways To Be Romantic
Kaitlin Fontana – Star Trek novel
Riel Hahn – Children’s Birthday Party book
Pat Kelly – The Dirt by Motley Crew
Tod Maffin – Magic Tricks in Engrish
Ryan Steel – Chyna’s Autobiography
August 11, 2010
Diana Frances- “The Frog Prince” by Grimms Fairytales
Eric Fell – “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer
Pia Guerra – reading from THIS BLOG
France Perras – 50 Cent novel
Teddy Smooth – “The Art of Kissing” circa 1936 by Hugh Morris
Daniel-Ryan Spaulding – Diana Ross
Sara Bynoe- “Eeeee eee eeee” by Tao Lin
July 20, 2010
Diana Frances -1950′s textbook for high school girls teaching them how to be good housewives.
Ken Hegan – Kitsilano spa brochure: ASS YOU LIKE IT – ANAL BLEACHING $50 and “HOW TO GOOD-BYE DEPRESSION: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way?”
Ian Boothby -Thin Ice: Zombies in LA: Nowhere to Run or Hide by JM Rusin
Raphael Kepinski – “The Doggfather: The Times, Trials, and Hardcore Truths Of Snoop Dogg” by Snoop Dogg and Davin Seay
Jeff Gladstone – “English as She is Spoke” English phrase book by a Portuguese man written in 1855
Riel Hahn – Ethan Hawke “The Hottest State”
Kristina Agosti – Nicole Richie “The truth about Diamonds”
Hosted by Sara Bynoe -”The way to become the Sensuous Man” by “M”
June 8, 2010
Paul Anthony – “How to be Famous” by Speidi
Morgan Brayton – “The Day I Shot Cupid” by Jennifer Love Hewitt
Denise Jones – “Delta Style” by Delta Burke
Jenny Magenta – “James Joyce’s Love Letters”
Ms Spelt- “Going Rogue” by Sarah Palin
David Bloom- “Star Stuck” by Pamela Anderson
Joel Wirkkunen – “Miles to go” Miley Cyrus
Riel Hahn- Troll Song
Jeff Gladstone- “Pagan – She lived and loved like one”
Lauren Martin- Horoscopes
Toby Berner- “Exposing Myself” by Geraldo Rivera
*The amazing poster is designed by Robin Greenwood