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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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

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

Last Say Wha?! Show of 2016


Look at all these tabs! There’s so much Say Wha?! gold in this awful book.

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

Tuesday, December 1, 8-10 PM

Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street

$10

Featuring: Ivan Decker, Kyle Fines, Megan Phillips, & Justine Warrington.

Funny people reading from the worst books they can find. We read this so you don’t have to. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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Special Guest Host Eric Fell, Say Wha?!

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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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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 the worst writing in print.
 
Hosted by Eric Fell* (Gentleman Hecklers, The Critical Hit Show)
Featuring:
Carla Mah (You’ve seen her kill it at Rapp Battlez and at VTSL’s Rookie League)
Travis Bernhardt (You know his from the Vancouver Fringe, Instant Theatre and MAGIC!)
Caitlin Howden (You love her at The Sunday Service! She’s a Second City alumni)
 
Tuesday, October 20 – TONIGHT!
Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street
Sliding scale: Suggested $10 at the door, minimum of $5
Show: 8-10 PM
 
VanCityBuzz:
“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.”
 
*Eric Fell is hosting because I double booked myself, but if anyone was to host the show for me, I know Eric Fell is the perfect person for the job. See below:

Yay! Another Say Wha?! Show

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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.

Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
Travis Bernhart
Eric Fell
Caitlin Howden
Carla Mah

Tuesday, October 20
Show: 8-10 PM

$10 cash at the door

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VanCityBuzz:
“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.”

VanCityBuzz Covers Say Wha?!

 VanCityBuzz recently covered a Say Wha?! show. Read their original post HERE. Or see check out my repost below.

Say Wha?! slams badly written books with comedic flair

Sara Bynoe by Kathryn Mussallem

“Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing” takes a new spin on your traditional comedy night out, which is welcome news for those getting sick of the usual players and show format.

Instead of relying on the performer to come up with a 100% original act, “Say Wha?!” is based around “readings of deliciously rotten writings.” On the night I dropped in at Main Street’s Cottage Bistro, the ‘education’ lineup included a 1960s swingers advice book, two Twilight rip-offs, a former Wheel of Fortune model’s personal memoir and a local B.C. teacher’s tell-all on her real-life affair with an underage student.

Image: Kathryn Mussallem

Golden material aside, Say Wha?! relies on the interplay between book and performer, in a novel way that leaves most of the frat boy humour at home. Audience participation is just as important, cries of “say wha?!” goading the performers onto new highs (or lows). The night pokes fun at the pitfalls of dime-a-dozen paperbacks (or is it $4.99 red-sticker discount books? What is the going rate for bargain bin fodder nowadays?) – bad writing, continuity errors, author pseudonyms and blatant copycatting. Say Wha?! mimics the commentary in your head of that ill-considered vacation read, putting badly-written yarns under the close scrutiny of sharp-witted comedians.

Image: Kathryn Mussallem

The performers couldn’t have been any more different, and this is the great levelling effect of the night. No matter how big (or modest) the name, everyone starts off on the same foot – a novel, a microphone, and an appreciative audience. At $10 at the door, Say Wha?! is a steal for a great night out.


More information here.

Disclaimer: Vancity Buzz’s Jon Keller, was one of the performers at this particular edition of Say Wha?!

Teachers Read From Terrible Books

Are you hot for teacher? You will be after tonight’s Say Wha?! show.

As you know Say Wha?! is a show where engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing in print.

It’s August so we’ve got a hot line-up of education professionals who normally aren’t available during the ‘regular year.’ Enjoy this show while they’re on vacation! (Did you watch the video above? I’m a teacher, too!)

Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
John Cullen
Jen Hill
Billeh Nickerson
Jon Keller

Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
$10 at the door
Show: 8-10 PM (it’s still a school night after all)

Say Wha?! School’s Still Out Edition

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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 most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing in print.

It’s August so we’ve got a hot line-up of education professionals who normally aren’t easily available during the ‘regular year.’ Enjoy this show while they’re on vacation!

Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
John Cullen
Jen Hill
Billeh Nickerson
Jon Keller

Tuesday, August 18
Show: 8-10 PM (it’s still a school night after all)

$10 at the door (cash only)

Facebook Event (see all the cool people who have already said they’re attending)

Is this show fun? Yes! But don’t take our word for it listen to The 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.

Bynoe probably nails it with the simplest explanation. “It’s easier to sell to an audience if you have a hook,” she says. “I think because people are onboard with the concept when they arrive at the venue, the energy of the room is much less judgier. People are not like, ‘Make me laugh.’ They’re like, ‘Oh yeah, this is fun.’ ”

That’s just it: these shows are fun. And different. Standup is standup and improv is improv and both are great, but there is a sameness to the shows (individual performers notwithstanding).

TORONTO, Say Wha?! is back!

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Last summer I produced and hosted a couple of Say Wha?! shows at the fantastic Comedy Bar in Toronto and I’m so excited to be back there next week with another edition of the show. The line-up is fantastic, Toronto audiences are wonderful, and everything about this is making me squeal with glee.

Tell your friends in the big smoke that they should get their butts down to Comedy Bar on Wednesday night for the best $10 they’ll spend all week.

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Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing is a comedy show where funny people read from 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 Beiber’s/ R. Kelly’s etc. autobiography and guffawed at her/his life story. Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about.

Wednesday, June 17 | 8 – 9:30 PM

Comedy Bar| 945 Bloor Street West
Tickets: $10 
Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
Ashley Botting
Jordan Cohen
Erin Rodgers
Sarah Szloboda

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Say Wha?! The Podcast 40 – Riel Hahn Has A Short Attention Span

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Say Wha?! The Podcast shares recordings from the comedy show Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

In this episode, my Novelty Act partner, Riel Hahn reads from a bunch of books. Because… well… you’ll hear why.

Listen to the podcast on iTunesRSS feed, or just stream it HERE:

If you enjoyed this podcast be sure to like this post, tweet a link to it, or share it on Facebook.

TONIGHT! EROTIC ASTROLOGY AND MORE AT SAY WHA?!

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There’s a teaser from the book I’m sharing tonight at Say Wha?! Advanced tickets are sold out but we can squeeze you in if you show up to The Emerald early enough. Doors are at 7:30PM and the show is at 8.

Come inside from the rain, forget about the world and laugh while some of Vancouver’s most hilarious and charming performers read from and talk about the worst books they could find.

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
Tuesday, December 9
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Doors 7:30PM Show: 8-10PM

Featuring: John Cullen, Kyle Fines, Briana Rayner, and Dylan Rhymer.

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Can’t make it tonight? That’s ok. I’ve got another great show on Sunday.

Say Wha?! No Limits Edition
Sunday, December 14
Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street
Show: 7:30-9:30PM
Tickets: $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
No limits means not just books this time! What will we find? Where will we find it? Come to the Cottage Bistro to find out!

Featuring: Travis Dudfield, Jeff Gladstone, David C. Jones, and Monica Hamburg.

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