Teen Angst Night is Back Tomorrow Evening

Tuesday, January 17 is Teen Angst Night at the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street. Show starts at 8 PM. 
 
Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series where brave people share embarrassing things they wrote when they were teenagers.
 
Readers at this verbatim storytelling night can share anything (poetry, songs, letters, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, lists, etc) so long as it follows these rules:
 
1- The work must be your own.
2- You must have written it between the ages of 10-19.
3- You cannot be proud of the work you share. It’s best if you’re super embarrassed.
 
Readers:
Chalayne Beach
Emma Cooper
Riel Hahn
David C Jones
Adele Noronha
Bonnie Quan Symons
Krystle Yeung
 
Tickets $10 at the door (cash only)

Let’s Share More in 2017

Did you make a resolution to be more honest in 2017? How about stepping out of your comfort zone more often? Maybe you resolved to try new things this year? Well… I think I’ve got the perfect opportunity for you.
As many readers may know, I host and produce a storytelling comedy night where people share embarrassing and funny excerpts from their teenage notebooks (journals, poetry, letters, songs etc.). It’s called Teen Angst Night and the next show is Tuesday, January 17. There are a few spots left for readers, so if you went home during the holidays and found some embarrassing writing from your adolescence THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to share them!
DO IT!
Or just come and enjoy the show. Details here:  Facebook event
Look at these lovely people and how much fun they’re having reading at Teen Angst Night.
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Last Big Show of 2016

 

This Saturday, November 19 is the last Teen Angst Night of 2016.

As a Canadian I’ve been shocked and appalled by the results of the American election so I’ve decided that 20% of all ticket sales will go to the American Civil Liberties Union who work to protect civil liberties in America. My teenage self, who protested her heart out in Calgary at events like Take Back The Night in the 90s (see photo above), would want me to take action.

We need to laugh. We need to love one another.We need to listen to each other. We need to speak up.

I’ll also be sharing some of my high school dramatic political action poetry and… some of my awful journals from Christmas 95 because it’s getting to be that time of year.

Teen Angst Night

Saturday, November 19 | show at 8 PM sharp

Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

Tickets are $10 on eventbrite before Friday midnight or $15 at the door.

Eventbrite | Facebook Event

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.

Two Live Shows, One TV Show, One Week!

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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.

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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.

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Thank Goodness We’re No Longer Teenagers!

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Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Meet me and some fantastic readers at the Fox Cabaret on Saturday, October 8 at 8 PM to celebrate our ridiculous youth.

Let me be the excuse you need to avoid your family for an evening. Or better yet, bring your folks and show them that you weren’t really all that bad, at least not compared to some of us.

What you’ve never been to a show and you don’t know what happens? OMG, it’s delightful! Brave people get up on stage and read parts of their old teenage diaries and notebooks verbatim for your entertainment. You’ll laugh with them, at them, and at yourself.

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

“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.” Georgia Straight

“Teen Angst Night is a good time” CFOX Radio

“It’s high time the rhyme-crazy juveniles of the world are celebrated as the poetic prodigies we truly were.” Nylon Magazine

“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. – TJ Dawe in the Charlebois Post

Smut Slam at the Vancouver Fringe

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Fans of Say Wha?! might enjoy this sexed up event that’s happening at the Vancouver Fringe. I was asked to be a judge but I’ll be out of town at my BFF’s wedding. Here’s all the kinky details:

Vancouver, brace yourself: SMUT SLAM IS COMING. The international underground sensation–part slam, part storytelling, part sex ed, part what got said after your parents turn the lights out at a sleepover–is landing at Vancouver Fringe on Saturday, Sept 10.

Smut Slam: the finest filth at the Vancouver Fringe, told by the people who lived it: YOU.

If you have sex, then you probably have a story to tell at the first Vancouver Smut Slam, coming to the Vancouver Fringe on Saturday, Sept 10. This encouraging event for sharing also offers PRIZES from Womyn’s Ware and njoy, celebrity judges, and more!

With sold-out shows in Edinburgh, New Orleans, Boston, and Atlanta, Smut Slam clearly has the chops to bring you a fine evening of filth… and ROPE YOU IN TO HELP. The dirty storytelling open mic makes its Vancouver premiere on Saturday, Sept 10, as part of the Vancouver Fringe. You have to see it to believe it.

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

RULES: – no notes (this is storytelling) – no costumes or props (this is not theatre) – only five minutes (with a one-minute grace period) AND – the story must be real and have happened to you. Stories often are funny and/or epic win, but we want to encourage people to consider sharing their sad, disturbing, poignant, serious, simple and/or “fail” experiences, too.

TAKE NOTE: Smut Slam is queer-friendly, kink-friendly AND vanilla-friendly, fat-friendly, poly-friendly… we are very friendly. We welcome people with all types and amounts of sexual experiences to our space. We don’t welcome stories involving racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, or any other discrimination, fetishization, or objectification. Also, CONSENT IS KEY.

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 10pm, and the smut starts slamming at 10:30. Admission is only $14 online or at the door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and, oh yeah: a phone sex operator. She tours the world seven months out of the year, but is always glad to come back to Vancouver (she is bringing her fifth solo play “nerdfucker” to the Fringe this year). When not performing, taking calls, or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art. Find Cameryn being NSFW on Facebook, or at www.camerynmoore.com

Teen Angst happening TONIGHT!

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You know the story: Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst.

Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series that began in 2000. Readers can share anything (poetry, songs, letters, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, lists, etc) so long as it follows these rules:

1- The work must be your own.
2- You must have written it between the ages of 10-19.
3- You cannot be proud of the work you share. It’s best if you’re super embarrassed.

The show is TONIGHT!

Tuesday, August 23 | 8 – 10 PM | Cottage Bistro | 4468 Main Street 


Reader list:

Tina Taghaddosi
Kyla del Rosario
Julia Pileggi
TJ Dawe
Robyn Roukema
Jessica Denning
Maddy Kelly

$10 at the door. Free for readers. Sliding scale available if you’re low on funds, just remember to buy a drink or a snack at the bar for letting us do the show there.

The Georgia Straight included tonight’s show in their awesome list of things you should do.

See you soon!

Fostering Change

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I’m honoured to be a part of this wonderful event for this fantastic initiative.

From the petition:

Most young adults in BC can count on financial support, relationships and family connections to help them get a good start in life. However, that’s not the case for everyone.

Cut off from support at 19, youth aging out of foster care too often end up homeless, don’t finish high school, and have no one to turn to in their 20’s.

Sign the petition

More info about the event

Advance Sales Ending Soon!

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Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst Night. You held on to those diaries for a reason, right? This is that reason!

The last time I did a show at The Fox, it was packed with standing room only. Most people bought their tickets at the door. I get it, Vancouver, you’re a last minute kind of city. I’m just trying to save you money. Get your $10 tickets now. Or pay more at the door and risk your chances of getting in.

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*Early bird tickets – $10  (Sales end Thursday at midnight)
At the door – $15

This event is not all ages, 19+ only
Partial proceeds of this event will go towards a local youth charity CLICK – Contributing to the Lives of Innter City Kids.

* Please arrive early for the best seats. Standing room is a possibility if you’re there late.

Doors: 7 PM

Show: 8-10 PM

Y2K dance party to follow. Yes, you get free entrance a dance party devoted the one hit wonders, guilty pleasures, and tried/true classics of the early to mid-2000s after Teen Angst Night.

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READERS
Liz Bell
Kate Belton
Kyla del Rossario
Stephanie Fan
Ed Hill
Jackie Hoffart
Tia Glen-Cooke
Monica Hepburn
Nicole Roberge
Robyn Roukema
Marlene Swidzinski
Alannah Turner
Liam Wallinger

RULES OF TEEN ANGST NIGHT

You can share anything (poetry, songs, letters, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, lists, etc) so long as it follows these rules:

1- The work must be your own.
2- You must have written it between the ages of 10-19.
3- You cannot be proud of the work you are sharing. It’s best if you’re extremely embarrassed of it.

REVIEWS

“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.” – Georgia Straight

“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. – TJ Dawe in the Charlebois Post

“A highlight [of the Teen Angst Night] was the felt board presentation by Sara. The former library worker read an old high school poem based on the Night Before Christmas that told about the gang in her neighborhood, The Flava. Even if you couldn’t see the felt board cutouts of trucks with “the Flava” symbol on them, it was bloody hilarious”- ION magazine