It’s a Christmas miracle!

I have two delightful shows for that wonderful downtime between Xmas and NYE. Join me for some fun and laughs on Main Street.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
SHOW 8-10 PM
$10 at the door


Thursday, December 28
7:30-9:00 PM
$10 at the door
CSA Space, 2414 Main Street
Message me or Riel to reserve your spot! Limited capacity.
Also, the next Teen Angst Night is Friday, January 12 at the Fox Cabaret. Tickets are on sale now and I’m still casting readers.

Novelty Act is Back!


After a hiatus we’re back in an intimate venue doing it up on a Friday night! Twice! Wha-hoo!

Join Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn for a night of comedy, storytelling, and joy.

These two Vancouver treasures are charming and multi talented forces of nature, and both are kind of uncategorizeable, so they made a show where they do whatever they want on stage, which equals them having a good time, which equals you having a GREAT time!

Funny, smart, welcoming and probably a bit weird, it’s Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!

Friday, October 13 and Friday, October 20  –  7:30 – 9 PM
$10 at the door.

Limited capacity. DM us to get on the guaranteed seating list.

Facebook event October 13

Facebook event October 20

More information about Novelty Act can be found HERE.


What Happens At Novelty Act?


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!


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.


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.


Shows This Week

The Georgia Straight does a weekly roundup of comedy shows in town and this week there is a TON of choices as JFL is going on. I’m thrilled that they included my two shows in their post.

Why am I not a part of JFL? Maybe I was supposed to apply for something? That’s likely, I never do that.

What I do know is that I’ve got two very different and very fun evenings of comedic entertainment for you this week.


Tickets available at the door.

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Tickets available at the door.

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Two Wonderful Shows Next Week!

2016 is heating up and I’m going to be in two shows next week. I’m really excited about them! I hope to see you in the crowd. You’re not going to have more fun in this city next Monday or Tuesday for $10 – I guarantee it!


Monday, January 18

PHANTOM SIGNAL: Tales Too Terrifying to Take Seriously.

Comedy-Horror Radio performed live on stage. An homage to creaky old radio anthologies of yesteryear – a blend of old-school horror and new-school humour, designed to entertain and/or eat you. Two brand new spine-tingling, narratively awkward stories each month, performed by a top-drawer cast with live music. Previous guest performers have included Deb Williams (The Flame), Denise Jones (Artistic Director of Vancouver TheatreSports) and Aaron Chapman (BC Book Prize winning author, historian, musician, and occasional actor). January’s Celebrity Guests are Sara Bynoe (me!) and Riel Hahn (hilarious comics, storytellers, and co-hosts of Novelty Act) with musical guests Red Hot Icicles Burning On Fire.

Monday, January 18 at 8PM (Doors at 7PM) at Fox Cabaret (2321 Main).

Tickets $8 (+service charge) at or $10 at the door.


Tuesday, January 19

NOVELTY ACT with Bynoe and Hahn

It’s our one year anniversary!

Riel Hahn and Sara Bynoe are hella excited to celebrate their one year anniversary of Novelty Act! So dress up, bring your favourite person because we are going to have a party and a show!

Tuesday, January 19
Tickets $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM

What to look forward to:
ReGift exchange! Bring a gift you got at Xmas but don’t want and exchange it for something someone else didn’t want.

It’s awesome, but don’t take our word for it, take Daryl’s!

Last Novelty Act of 2015

Novelty Act Facebook

Riel Hahn and Sara Bynoe are getting a little misty eyed that this, the 12th edition, marks one whole year of Novelty Acts! They’ve learned so much, they’ve laughed, they’ve cried (from laughing), they’ve tap danced, they’ve bared their souls…and guess what? They’re gonna keep right on truckin’ into 2016! With some fancy new ideas, of course.

Come keep warm as we all enjoy that awesome part of the holidays where you’re done with family but not all weepy over not getting kissed on New Year’s Eve, and you haven’t gotten tired of drinking yet! Good thing, since cocktails are half price.

Riel will have been 44 years old for one week, and has some new jokes about depression and love (Ha. Ha.) Sara’s got a gold jumpsuit and is the funnest person you know. And, as always, excellent lipstick is promised.

When: Tuesday, December 29

Where: The Emerald, 555 Gore. We’re in the back cabaret room. Walk past the bathrooms, turn the corner left then turn the corner right. 

When: Doors at 7:30 PM & show at 8 PM

How much: $10 at the door or ask for the ‘sliding scale’ if you’re poor (minimum $5)