Humourists: Literally Funny

 Humourist. Definition: A performer or writer of humorous material.

As you know, I have a history of producing genre blurring shows: Teen Angst Night, Say Wha?!: Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing. Are they literary nights or comedy shows? 

In truth those shows lean towards comedy. Following that tradition but stepping further into the literary world, because it’s been a few years since I did that MA in Creative Writing and I’ve ignored it far too long, I am producing Humourists: Literally Funny, an evening with some of Vancouver’s best writers reading their funniest bits.

Readers have been chosen for their humour and their ability to engage a crowd. They are not only great writers they are fantastic readers too. On Sunday, March 25 join us at Havana Theatre as part of East Van Comedy and celebrate the literary art of comedy at this amusing show.  

The inaugural show includes:

Dina Del Bucchia has an MFA from UBC’s Creative Writing Program. 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. 

Steve Burgess is a freelance writer and the author of Who Killed Mom?, published in 2011 by Greystone Books. He writes a regular column for The Tyee, often reviewing films but also, sometimes, detailing his hilarious world travels for Tyee readers. Steve is a former CBC Radio host and has won two National Magazine Awards. He has also won three Western Magazine Awards. 

Jenn Farrell is the author of two collections of short stories: The Devil You Know (Anvil Press, 2010), and Sugar Bush & Other Stories (Anvil Press, 2006). Her stories have previously appeared in Prism, subTerrain, West Coast Line and Forget magazine. She has acted as reader and editor for several winning entries in the 3-Day Novel Contest, and in 2006, made her broadcast debut as a judge for Book Television’s coverage of the event.

Billeh Nickerson is a writer, editor, performer, producer and arts advocate who divides his year between Toronto and Vancouver. He is the author of The Asthmatic Glassblower, Let Me Kiss it Better: Elixirs for the Not So Straight and Narrow, and his most recent collection,McPoems. He is also the co-editor of Seminal: the Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, and a former editor of PRISM international and Event. He has performed at hundreds of readings and festivals across Canada and the U.S. He teaches Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

 I will host and read some writing I’ve been hiding from all of you.

Show Details

Sunday, March 25, 8-10pm
Havana Theatre – 1212 Commerical Drive
$9 at the door or $7 with a receipt from Havana
Presented by East Van Comedy and Sara Bynoe Entertainment

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