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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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

February Shows! Say Wha?! and Crashers

I’ve got two wonderful shows to get you through the first week of February.

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February 2, 8-10 PM

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street

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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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

Funny people reading from terrible books.
$10 at the door

Hosted by Sara Bynoe
Featuring:
Eric Fell – You know him from Critical Hit Show, The Gentlemen Hecklers and more
LeeAnn Keple – Laugh Riot Grrls Comedy, stand up comedian
Jacob Samuel – New Yorker cartoonist, host of Teenage Dirtbag
Michael John Unger – Co-founder of Nerd Night Vancouver

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

 

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February 3, 8-10 PM

Crashers

The Emerald, 555 Gore

$5 or FREE if you ‘audition’*

A comedic take on General Auditions.

Actors usually go through a process with a theatre company called “general auditions” where they present one or two contrasting monologues for a director or two. Finding audition pieces sucks. Over the years you may have come across texts that you wished you could do for an audition but never had the guts to … until now.

Maybe you will perform a monologue from insane YouTube comments, maybe you’ll share a tirade from a reality TV show, perhaps someone will perform a monologue from the movie Troll 2. Who knows what will happen?!

The first time we did this show people auditioned with song lyrics (Girl Named Sue and Single Ladies), reality TV (Tyra Banks on ANTM) and famous YouTube videos (that one where a woman yells at a bear eating her kayak).

Enjoy a ridiculous night of acting, comedy, and theatre.

*Note: audition pieces should be 2 minutes or less. Feel free to prepare two contrasting pieces to showcase your range.

 

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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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!

Facebook Event

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

Facebook Event

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).

Say Wha Podcast

Say Wha?! The Podcast – Episode 43 Kyle Fines Introduces Us to Vegan Steven

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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 Kyle Fines reads from a book of vegan poetry.

Appologies for the sketchy audio levels. It happens.

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

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