Olio Festival Presents Say Wha?!

Thursday September 22 is a very special day. It’s the last day of summer (boo hoo!), it’s the first day of the Olio Festival which celebrates the best local and international independent talent in music, art, comedy, skate & film but, most importantly, September 22 is the next Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing show … and it’s part of the Olio Festival!

At 8pm the show will kick off at Guilt and Co. (1 Alexander – under the Chill Winston) in Gastown. Tickets are available through the festival or for $10 at the door until we sell out. (That means get there early!)

If you’ve never been to Say Wha?! before THIS is the show to see. We’ll be back on our regular schedule – the third Wednesday of every month at the Cottage Bistro – on October 19.

I’m thrilled to announce this amazing line up of some of Vancouver’s most charming and comedic minds. These are people in Vancouver that make me giggle and I’m so excited to hear their readings. I hope to see you there. Oh yeah, and I’ll be hosting and reading something too.


Chip Ellis is an improviser imported from the American Midwest.  He is a founding member of both The Fictionals and the Who-Tang Clan improv troupes.  He also performs with the Vancouver TheatreSports Rookie League, and he produces weekly shows with Urban Improv.  Chip also does standup and comedy readings.

Dina Del Bucchia has one of those MFA things. When not busy being unemployed she writes for Canada Arts Connect Magazine and bakes away her feelings. Her work has been published in some fine literary journals. Currently, she’s at work on a novel and a collection of poetry. She would like to be friends with Shiloh Jolie-Pitt.


Eric Fell is a writer, comedian, and actor.  He performs hundreds of comedy shows every year, many with the Vancouver TheatreSports League. He has written for CBC Radio and movieset.com, and created comedy formats for VTSL and The Justice Pals Improv Group. His festival appearances include the Vancouver Comedy Festival, The Vancouver International Improv Festival, and the Vancouver Poetry Festival.  In addition to his comedic performances, Eric co-hosts the Anzabonanza Pub Quiz (held the 1st Friday of the month) and the Justice Pals Podcast. When Eric grows up he wants to be Doctor Who or Buckaroo Banzai.


Devon Lougheed is the Andy Kaufmann of the Vancouver music scene, at least according to his manager, Rockin’ Robin. He is one-third of Vancouver indie post-pop darlings beekeeper, and is the musical force behind Talent Time, Ghost Jail Theatre, and Pump Trolley. He does stand-up comedy and takes pictures of toilets. He is falling in love with you right now.

Adam Pateman is a comedian based out of Vancouver and New York who loves bull-dogs, curry, and writing bios in the third-person. He recently starred in his first national half-hour comedy special, Comedy Now! and has been featured on XM Radio, Rooftopcomedy.com,
various TV commercials, and the film Nightmare at the End of the Hall. He is very funny.

Kaitlin Fontana is a National Magazine and Mayor’s Arts award-winning writer and comedian living in Vancouver, BC. Her work has appeared in the Walrus, Maisonneuve, Event, Room, SPIN, Rolling Stone, and Exclaim! among many other publications. On October 1, her first book, Fresh at Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records will be released on ECW Press. Please buy it.

Charles Demers is a stand-up comedian, novelist and essayist. In addition to having performed at the Just For Laughs festival and as a regular guest on CBC’s ‘The Debaters,’ he is the author of the books ‘The Prescription Errors’ and ‘Vancouver Special,’ that latter of which was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans BC Bookprize for Non-Fiction.

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