Teen Angst Night is Back Tomorrow Evening

Tuesday, January 17 is Teen Angst Night at the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street. Show starts at 8 PM. 
 
Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series where brave people share embarrassing things they wrote when they were teenagers.
 
Readers at this verbatim storytelling night 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 you share. It’s best if you’re super embarrassed.
 
Readers:
Chalayne Beach
Emma Cooper
Riel Hahn
David C Jones
Adele Noronha
Bonnie Quan Symons
Krystle Yeung
 
Tickets $10 at the door (cash only)

Let’s Share More in 2017

Did you make a resolution to be more honest in 2017? How about stepping out of your comfort zone more often? Maybe you resolved to try new things this year? Well… I think I’ve got the perfect opportunity for you.
As many readers may know, I host and produce a storytelling comedy night where people share embarrassing and funny excerpts from their teenage notebooks (journals, poetry, letters, songs etc.). It’s called Teen Angst Night and the next show is Tuesday, January 17. There are a few spots left for readers, so if you went home during the holidays and found some embarrassing writing from your adolescence THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to share them!
DO IT!
Or just come and enjoy the show. Details here:  Facebook event
Look at these lovely people and how much fun they’re having reading at Teen Angst Night.
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Last Big Show of 2016

 

This Saturday, November 19 is the last Teen Angst Night of 2016.

As a Canadian I’ve been shocked and appalled by the results of the American election so I’ve decided that 20% of all ticket sales will go to the American Civil Liberties Union who work to protect civil liberties in America. My teenage self, who protested her heart out in Calgary at events like Take Back The Night in the 90s (see photo above), would want me to take action.

We need to laugh. We need to love one another.We need to listen to each other. We need to speak up.

I’ll also be sharing some of my high school dramatic political action poetry and… some of my awful journals from Christmas 95 because it’s getting to be that time of year.

Teen Angst Night

Saturday, November 19 | show at 8 PM sharp

Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

Tickets are $10 on eventbrite before Friday midnight or $15 at the door.

Eventbrite | Facebook Event

This Week & Next Week

Guys, I’m involved in two different events in the very near future and I’m doing something I rarely do; I’m NOT producing them. Did I just blow your mind?

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Googled: single people and found this meme that’s totally going viral!

THIS WEEK

Thursday (aka tomorrow) I’m hosting (aka MCing) a singles event at HiVE Vancouver. It’s a little known fact that there’s no ring on my finger (except twice a week when I audition for mom parts in commercials) and I will be helping fellow solo acts navigate the awkwardness of an event where you publicly declare your dating status to the room. (Ok, no one is going to make you get up on stage and declare anything, you’ll just have to wear a sticker or something… I don’t know I’m not producing this, I’m only hosting.)

Hey, if I can get people to share their embarrassing old diaries and poetry at Teen Angst Night, I for sure can get you to talk to that cutie across the room.

Details about this Singles Mingle event can be found HERE. 

Oh you don’t want to click the link? Fine.

DATE AND TIME: Thu, October 27, 2016 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

LOCATION: Buzz #210, 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G9

$12 at door
$10 in advance**link above

NEXT WEEK

Friday, November 4 I’m judging Literary Death Match at the Fox Cabaret.

This is literally one of my favourite events in the world. I first saw it in London waaaay back when I was living there. Then I WON the very first LDM in Vancouver. Then I was a judge in 2012 (I think) at the LDM Edinburgh Book Festival. AND THEN I hosted LDM Vancouver #2. I’m a triple threat at this show. There are only 2* other people in THE WORLD who can say that!

Check out all the awesome people involved.

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DATE AND TIME: Fri, November 4, 2016 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM PDT

LOCATION: The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9

Cost: $12 presale; $15 at the door

*I made up this fact but we can fact check this on November 4 at the show!

 

Funny People Read from Terrible Books at Say Wha?!

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I stole recent photos of this month’s Say Wha?! readers from their Instagram feeds so you could see how fun and sexy they all are. Clockwise from top right: Kyle Fines, Emma Cooper, Anthony Casey (aka Shanda Leer), and Fatima Dhowre. 

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.

At Say Wha?! engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the worst writing in print.

I’m so excited to be bringing this show back after a long hiatus. It’s always fun and these readers are something special. I hope to see you there tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 19

Show starts at 8 PM

Cottage Bistro*, 4468 Main Street (between 28 and 29 ave)

$10 at the door

Facebook event

* Food and drinks available. Check out their website for more info.

What Happens At Novelty Act?

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I get this question a lot, “What happens at Novelty Act?”

The truth is, we never know what’s going to happen until it happens.

At Novelty Act Riel Hahn and I tell stories. We play games. We improvise. Sometimes we prepare novelty acts like the time I wore my sailor costume and tap danced to a beep-boop song I wrote in 2007. Often Riel sings a song and plays the guitar. We always sing the theme song.

I think this is the best way to imagine our show: picture two really fun ladies hosting a party. It’s like a modern day salon. A salon in this sense; A gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

We share ourselves. We are vulnerable on stage. We take questions from the audience. No one is forced to participate.

For me, it’s frightening and fun.

For you, it’s happening tonight. It starts at 8 PM. It’s happening in a studio in the Chinatown mall at 288 East Georgia street. It’s Pay What You Can. There will be beer, wine, cider, and tequila shots for cheap.

We hope you’ll join us.

Bonus incentive: The Georgia Straight included it as one of the 45 things you should do today. Who says we live in No Fun Couver? Not us! We are fun makers.

Two Live Shows, One TV Show, One Week!

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This is an exciting week for me.

The return of Novelty Act will be on Thursday at a special new location. It’s going to be a delightful show/party hosted by Riel Hahn and me. If you’ve never been this is a great one to attend. It’s PWYC.

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Saturday night is Teen Angst Night at Fox Cabaret with so many delightful readers including Jillian Christmas, David C. Jones, Jo Dworschak, Riel Hahn, Susan Levang,Stacey Mitchell, Kristin Proskow, Andrew MacLachlan, and Dylan Rhymer. Tickets on sale now: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

AND This Is High School the doc series I spent three months in Kamloops working on aired last night. I was the story producer for grade 8 and one of the kids I spent most of my time chasing down is featured in that episode. You can stream it here.

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Thank Goodness We’re No Longer Teenagers!

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Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Meet me and some fantastic readers at the Fox Cabaret on Saturday, October 8 at 8 PM to celebrate our ridiculous youth.

Let me be the excuse you need to avoid your family for an evening. Or better yet, bring your folks and show them that you weren’t really all that bad, at least not compared to some of us.

What you’ve never been to a show and you don’t know what happens? OMG, it’s delightful! Brave people get up on stage and read parts of their old teenage diaries and notebooks verbatim for your entertainment. You’ll laugh with them, at them, and at yourself.

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

“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

“Teen Angst Night is a good time” CFOX Radio

“It’s high time the rhyme-crazy juveniles of the world are celebrated as the poetic prodigies we truly were.” Nylon Magazine

“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

The Life Game

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In the Fall I got to be a part of the production team for The Life Game on CBC Radio and it’s finally on air. I’m excited for you to hear it.

The Life Game is an audacious radio experiment that combines interviews with improvisation to create an electrifying radio storytelling event performed in front of a live audience. The concept was originally developed by Keith Johnstone, the creator of theatre sports and founder of the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary.

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Tune in to CBC Radio One or listen online

Tuesday at 7:30pm (8:00 pm NT) and Friday 11:30 am (12:00 pm NT)

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Fostering Change

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I’m honoured to be a part of this wonderful event for this fantastic initiative.

From the petition:

Most young adults in BC can count on financial support, relationships and family connections to help them get a good start in life. However, that’s not the case for everyone.

Cut off from support at 19, youth aging out of foster care too often end up homeless, don’t finish high school, and have no one to turn to in their 20’s.

Sign the petition

More info about the event