“Comedian and Vancouver culture maven.”-WestEnder “Sara is a peripatetic performer with an MA from Goldsmiths and a book, Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry, under her belt. She’s restlessly creative and ebullient, moving from project to project with the same sense of dedication and enthusiasm.” -Sean Cranbury – Granville Magazine
Sara Bynoe (pronounced By-no, the e is silent) likes to have fun. She writes, acts, performs, hosts, produces live events, and likes to dance to early 90s dance music.
You might have heard about Sara because in 2000 she created the website www.TeenAngstPoetry.com: a comedic database of horrible poems people wrote when they were teenagers. The endeavor spun into hosting Teen Angst readings where adults share their embarrassing teenage poetry, journals, songs, letters and more. Then she edited an anthology Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry (St. Martin’s Press, 2005).
Teen Angst has been called ‘Bloody Hilarious’ (ION Magazine) and the book was nominated for a New York Library Association Books of Summer award. Teen Angst has taken Sara to the UK for the Latitude Festival, to the USA to perform at Bumbershoot and was also featured at the High Performance Rodeo and the Uno Festival.
Sara loves to dance and brought Dance Dance Party Party to Vancouver. She was Den Mother for the local Chapter from 2008-2014.
In June of 2010 Sara created Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing. This is an alternative comedy show where performers (sometimes comedians, improvisers, actors, writers and local personalities) read from the very worst books they can find. Say Wha?! has been featured in the Courier, WE, CBC Radio, in the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Vancouver International Poetry Festival, the Olio Festival and All Jane No Dick comedy festival.
One of her claims to fame that she’s most proud of is being one of three (or so) people to triple threat (win, judge, and host) at Literary Death Match.
You might have seen Sara on stages and in cabarets around Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Seattle, Portland, Edinburgh, and London. You also might have seen her face on your TV from time to time in commercials, on a show, or perhaps you’ve seen her name in the credits as a Story Producer.
She likes to put her performing, writing, and producing skills to work to make this world a little bit more fun to be in.