“At $10 at the door, Say Wha?! is a steal for a great night out.” – VanCityBuzz

Funny People Share the Worst Books They Can Find

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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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 Bieber’s/ R. Kelly’s etc. autobiography and guffawed at her/his life story. Now imagine charming and comedic performers telling you all about these terrible tales. Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about.

Funny people share bad books.

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 featured at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival (Portland), The Vancouver International Poetry Festival, and the Olio Festival.

Want to hear a sample? Check out the podcast. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Show: 8-10 PM
Tickets: $10 at the door (cash only)
Facebook Event


Videos shot and edited by Tom Weston.

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing from Tom Weston on Vimeo.

“At $10 at the door, Say Wha?! is a steal for a great night out.”
Georgia Straight:
“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.”

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.

Review by TJ Dawe:

“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.”

PODCAST – Highlights from the live show are now podcast on iTunes, RSS or you can stream them online.


More Posts About Say Wha?! Because this space is getting too cluttered. HERE



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hosted by Sara Bynoe. Featuring: John Cullen, Kyle Fines, Briana Rayner, and Dylan Rhymer.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hosted by Sara Bynoe. Featuring: Travis Dudfield, Jeff Gladstone, David C Jones, and Tara Travis.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sara Bynoe – Modelland by Tyra Banks

Lauren McGibbon – The Steam Punk Bible

Cameron Macleod – Single No More: How and Where To Meet The Perfect Mate

Nicole Passmore- Getting Along with Chinese for Fun and Profit

Chip Ellis – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Sara Bynoe – Book That Shall NEVER Be Named
Lauren Prussky – The Afterlives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Browne
Erin Rodgers – Those Who Trespass by Bill O’Riely
Anders Yates – by William Shatner

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Craig Anderson
Kyle Bottom
Teddy Kellogg
Amanda Brooke Perrin
Chris Wilson

Hosted by Sara Bynoe

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 RECAP

Lauren McGibbon – Red Sonja
Riel Hahn – Goop’s Conscious Un-coupling
John Cullen – Pretty Little Liars
Cameron Macleod – Cat Daddy
Brent Constantine – Billy Ray Cyrus comic book

Hosted by Sara Bynoe – A Kind Mama by Alicia Silverstone

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Warren Bates
Dylan Rhymer
Cynara Geissler

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 RECAP

Robyn Edwards – Deal With This by Lucy Monroe
Stu Popp – God Save The Queen by Kate Loke
Brent Constantine – Life After Beef by Les Inglis
Devon Lougheed We Don’t Die by George Andersons
Brent Hirose – Sexual Astrology by Martine
Sara Bynoe – How To Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 RECAP

Sara Bynoe – The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt
Stacie Steadman – Erotic Astrology by Olivia
Meagan Phillips – From Clueless to Class Act – Manners for Modern Women
Travis Dudfield – Manology
Gary Jones – A Boy’s Eye View of Girls

Wednesday, January 19, 2014 RECAP

Sara Bynoe – Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Daniel-Ryan Spaulding – You Have to Stand For Something or You’ll Fall For Anything by Star Jones
Gary Jones – Tarzan and the Ant Men
Taz Van Rassel – A Hard Days Knight by Ted Mark

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – RECAP

Alicia Bernbaum – Temptation
Brent Constantine – House of Danger
Cameron Macleod – T.Witches – Building a Mystery
Chip Ellis – Discover Canada
Stuart Popp – Evolution is Stupid
Sara Bynoe – recapped all the terrible books she read in 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RECAP

Sara Bynoe – Afterlives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Brown
Eric Fell – Crash by J.G. Ballard
Jim Miller – Revelations Of: Unexplained Mysteries by Dr. Elnour Bey Iskander The Ancient Traveller
Kyle Fines – Someone I Love is Gay by Anita Worthen and Bob Davies
TJ Dawe – Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
Dylan Rhymer – Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 RECAP

Amy Wilding – Little Black Sambo
Stu Popp – Rockin’ Steady a Guide to Basketball & Cool by Walt Frazier
Travis Dudfield – Ulysses by James Joyce
Sara Bynoe – Dino Porn: Taken by the T-Rex and Dino at the Dig by Christie Sims

TORONTO – Sunday, September 15, 2013

Toronto flyer web

Toby Berner – STORI Telling by Tori Spelling
Ashley Botting – Baby Sitters Club – Boy Crazy Stacey
Diana Frances – How To Look and Dress – circa 1950s
Ross Dauk – State of Fear by Michael Crichton

Sara Bynoe – Medley: How to Pick-up Topless Dancers, Touch Me – poems of Suzanne Sommers, The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Bear

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lauren McGibbon – Secret book that you will never know about
Ross Dauk – State of Fear by Michael Crichton
Aaron McCallum – Powerslide By Jeff Ross
Dina Del Bucchia – Being Jordan by Katie Price

Sara Bynoe – If You Want Closure In Your Relationship Start with Your Legs by Big Boom

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Say Wha?! The Musical Edition

Little Mountain Gallery, 195 E 26 Ave, Vancouver

This is a Say Wha?! comedy show dedicated to the worst songs of the musical theatre canon.

Produced by Sara Bynoe and Mike Mackenzie.

Featuring Chris Adams, Cameron Dunster, Shantini Klaassen, Anna Kuman and Sayer Roberts.

Say Wha The Musical

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Three Year Anniversary Show!

Sara Bynoe – just hosted (ok re read some Suzanne Sommers poetry)
Ian Boothby – Joe Starr – self published book
Lauren McGibbon – Mermaids! A collection of short stories
Eric Fell – Night of the Crabs
Ivan Decker – The Art of Talking to Anyone
Ryan Steele- The Art of Dating

Wednesday, 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, 2013 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, 2012

Sara Bynoe with Connie Smudge, April O’Peel and Emmelia Gordon

Details HERE

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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)

Rachel Burns
Sara Bynoe (host)
Leigh Eldridge
Devon Lougheed
Stu Popp
Steve Rondeau
Dylan Rhymer
Cupcakes by Arley McNeney

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

Sara Bynoe – Those Who Trespass by Bill O’Reilly
Eric Fell – Book of Erotic Fantasy by Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel and Duncan Scott
Caitlin Howden – Girls Guide to Anal Sex
Taz Van Rassel – Lady Sativa -author unknown
Teddy Kellogg – Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart

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

Sorry it’s been a busy time for me and several shows have gone unarchived. My bad. Mama’s got to pay her rent.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jimmy Barnes
Ivan Decker
Chip Ellis
Lesley Ewen
Jen Neale
Lauren McGibbon
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
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
Cabin 12
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 BarberThe 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.
Morgan Brayton
Steve Burgess
Chip Ellis
Beth Garner
Riel Hahn
Shaun Stewart
Sarah Szloboda

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
Alan Forsythe-
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
Gary Jones
Jeff Gladstone
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

Highlights from the live show are now podcast on iTunesRSS or stream them online.

*The amazing poster is designed by Robin Greenwood

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