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.

Last Novelty Act of 2015

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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)

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GOLD JUMPSUIT PREVIEW

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Novelty Act: Gettin the Act Back Together Edition

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Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn are back with another night of comedy, storytelling, music and joy!
After a successful Hahn Solo Edition, Bynoe is back and your Vancouver Treasures are ready to duo it up again! Bynoe’s been working 70 hour weeks, and Hahn has been dating someone less than half her age, plus there’s been some kind of political event, so they have LOTS to talk and sing about! Whatever happens, you know it will be warm and funny and a lipstick of a good time show party. Plus half price cocktails, so how can you go wrong?

Bynoe and Hahn can’t wait.

Tuesday, October 27
Novelty Act
The Emerald Cabaret – 555 Gore Street
8-10 PM
$10 at the door

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Novelty Act En Blanc (et Noir, et whatever the eff you want)

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Join Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn in the Cabaret Room at the Emerald for a night of comedy, storytelling, and joy on the same night as the amazingly ridiculous Dinner En Blanc event.. Why not wear white and come to a place where you don’t have to bring your own white table and chairs?

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!

“Whatever we do on this edition, we guarantee it will be fun! And we promise to wear lipstick.”

*Arrive on time. They are punctual ladies.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays! (And a lovely menu!)

SHOW DETAILS

Tuesday, August 25 (TONIGHT!)
The Emerald Cabaret Room | 555 Gore Street
$10 cash at the door or $8 in advance on Eventbrite
More info about Novelty Act (videos, info, etc.)

Riel is working on some songs. I’m working on a crazy tap dance.
Wear your black, or your white, or whatever the eff you want. We just want you to bring your fine self… and maybe a fine single friend.

Show starts at 8 PM. Doors to the cabaret room are at 7:30 PM. Arrive early to get your fancy 1/2 priced cocktails before the show.

Novelty Act – July 

 Tuesday July 28, 8-10 PM | $10 at the door or $8 in advance | Facebook Event

Join Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn in the Cabaret Room at the Emerald 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!
“Whatever we do on this edition, we guarantee it will be fun! And we promise to wear lipstick.”

*Arrive on time. They are punctual ladies.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays! (And a lovely menu!)

Want to know more about Novelty Act? Check out the main page. 

Novelty Act – Bynoe and Hahn!

Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn are back with another night of comedy, storytelling, and joy.
Why novelty act? Well… sometimes women in comedy get referred to as a ‘novelty act.’ Bynoe and Hahn think that’s bullshit, so they got together and have decided to do a night of whatever they want to do and if that’s a novelty act, so be it!

It’s Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!
Whatever this night is, we guarantee it will be fun! And we’ll probably wear lipstick.

Tuesday, June 30 , 8-10 PM*
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Facebook event (see if your friends are coming or invite your crush!)

* Sharp. We are punctual ladies.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays!

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.

What Is Novelty Act?

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Tonight is Novelty Act. It’s me and Riel Hahn on stage doing whatever we want! We have segments like: Question Period, Imaginarios, and Dance Monkey Dance. What do those even mean? Just come to the show to find out.

You’ll get to know us, meet some new people, and increase your chances of getting laid by 100%.

Here are some testimonials from past audience members to tell you what it’s all about:

NOVELTY ACT with Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn

Tuesday, May 26 , 8-10 PM*
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
The Emerald, 555 Gore – in the back cabaret room
* Please arrive early so we can start on time. We know it’s EastVan, but we like being punctual.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays!

Can’t make this event? We do this show on the last Tuesday of every month, next one is June 30.

Learn our theme song! Watch me over-act!

Bynoe and Hahn!

This event is so soon! Woohoo!

We know it’s been hard to describe this event. If you’ve been before we welcome your comments and insights.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect to happen at tomorrow’s Novelty Act:

* We will check in on what’s been going on in our lives (teaser – someone went on a few OKCupid dates)
* We will try to out re-act each other. That’s right it’s a re-act off!
* We will take questions from the audience. Want to know more about us? Need to know how to iron shirts? Should you break up with your best-friend? Just ask!
* Dance monkey dance – is there something you want to see us do? Now is your chance to demand it from us!
* And more!

NOVELTY ACT
Tuesday, April 28 | 8-10 PM
Tickets $8 in advance | $10 at the door | Advance tickets close at 5 PM
The Emerald | 555 Gore | In the back cabaret room where it’s nice and sexy

Tuesday! #NoveltyAct me and @hahnsy #Vancouver #Comedy #improv #Stories #fun #samesies

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We’re Still Doing It …

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Are you ready for the fourth Novelty Act?! What? You haven’t been yet? No worries. You can jump on board next week.

DETAILS

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

Why novelty act? Well… sometimes women in comedy get referred to as a ‘novelty act.’ Bynoe and Hahn think that’s bullshit, so they got together and have decided to do a night of whatever they want to do and if that’s a novelty act, so be it!

It’s Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!

Whatever this night is, we guarantee it will be fun! And we’ll probably wear lipstick.

NOVELTY ACT
Tuesday, April 28 | 8-10 PM
Tickets $8 in advance | $10 at the door
The Emerald | 555 Gore | In the back cabaret room where it’s nice and sexy

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RielRIEL HAHN

I am a Vancouver based comedian who has been described as “delicious”, “hilarious”, “ferocious”, “filthy mouthed” and as “a blizzard in the House of Commons”. I grew up traveling with the Caravan Stage Company, town to town by horse and wagon, and later worked extensively with the Caravan Farm Theatre. Familialy, I come from a long line of compassionate, opinionated, active and funny lefties. These experiences provided me with a rich cache of stories, and some discomfort with stasis and classism. I am constantly searching for the new, inclusive and stimulating both personally and professionally. Ultimately I believe that funny trumps everything.

Here I am, most likely applauding my own joke. SARA BYNOE

I’m a performer who has been described as “charismatic,’ ‘lovely,’ ‘talented,’ ‘effervescent,’ ‘brash’ and ‘a local mover and shaker.’ For the last 15 years I’ve been running an event called Teen Angst Night. For the last 4 years I’ve been running a show called Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing. I went to two theatre schools. I Story Produced the first season of Sex Sent Me To The ER on TLC.  I’ve been doing improv with VTSL’s Rookie Night for so long that I just quit it. I believe if everyone could laugh at themselves and learn to play the world would be a better place. I recently had a sex dream about my vibrator.

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If you like us, or are interested in what we do, come to Novelty Act.

It will be part improv, part theatre, and part storytelling event, and a TOTAL PARTY with two of Vancouver’s favourite weirdos.

BONUS| The Emerald has 1/2 price cocktails on Tuesdays!