Thank Goodness We’re No Longer Teenagers!


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

Grown Ass Vancouverites Embarrassing Themselves By Sharing Their Most Angsty Teenage Notes On Stage

Teen Angst OutTV

Next Thursday twelve people will be get getting up on stage, in front of a very hip and sexy audience and several TV cameras to share their most embarrassing, weird, and awkward teenage diaries, notes, poetry and more for your entertainment.

The FREE tickets are almost gone.

Do not miss out on your opportunity to be a part of making one of my dreams come true.


Thursday, March 19, 2015
Annex | 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

Seating: As we are filming this event we request that everyone is seated by 7:15 PM
Show 7:30-10 PM

Free Tickets on Eventbrite

Facebook Event

Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series, created by Sara Bynoe in 2000. This special edition of Teen Angst Night will be filmed for OUTtv and feature LGBT people from the Lower Mainland.

Hosted by Sara Bynoe

Readings by:

Brent Constantine
Jackie Hoffart
Maddie Gorman
David C. Jones
Jonathon Keller
Hiiro Prince
Heather J. Ross
Jen Sungshine
Jonny Sopotiuk
Arinn Westendorf
Amy Wilding

OUTtv is Canada’s only television and online social media portal that features programming specifically for the LGBT community and their allies.

Teen Angst Karaoke

Teen Angst Night is a juvenilia / comedic storytelling event that’s been running since 2000. If you were there for the Teenage Wasteland show at HAWC you might remember this super fun time.

Invited performers will share stories from their teenage years and then sing a song related to their story. Then the mic is open to you to sing away your memories.

Thursday, February 26 | 8-10 PM | Hot Art Wet City | 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
Hosted by Sara Bynoe
By donation at the door

Featuring stories/songs by:
Jeff Gladstone
Dina Del Bucchia
Kyle Fines
Cynara Geissler
Kitty Mussallem
and YOU!

Fill out this form to request your song.

Brave Souls Share Their Most Embarrassing Teenage Writing On Stage For Your Entertainment

Teen Angst Night

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 8-10 PM | $10 at the door | Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street | Readers get in for free*

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 where everyday people read from their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays (and more). So, get digging through your old notebooks and find some gems!

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- It’s best if the work is at least 4 years old.
4- If you cringe or feel physically upset while reading it- it’s worth sharing! The more embarrassing the better!

* NOTE: Reader spots for this event are FULL. Message me to get on the mailing list to read next time.

More info:

QUICK HISTORY – Teen Angst started in Calgary in 2000 with a live event series and a website, then the website was (probably) one of the first blogs-to-books and published in April 2005 with a book launch event at the KGB Bar in NYC, in 2006 the book was turned into a stage show for the High Performance Rodeo in Calgary (and sold out!), then I created a solo show of my own horrible Teen Angst Poetry which I performed at the Toronto Fringe in 2007, Bumbershoot in 2008, the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2011, in 2008 I was on the poetry stage at a massive festival in the UK called Latitude, and the live show happens whenever I can squeeze it into my schedule.

January Fun

Happy New Year!

I’m starting the year by getting excited about what makes me happy: performing in and producing shows! Here’s a look at my January.

Teen Angst Facebook Event

Tuesday, January 13
8-10 PM | $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street
Facebook Event
I’ve been running this show where people share their old embarrassing teenage angst creations since 2000. Several brave souls will get up on stage and read from their diaries, poetry books, short stories and more.

Say Wha Emerald 2015
Tuesday, January 20
8-10 PM | $10 in advance (possible door sales)
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Facebook Event
Another classic show I’ve been running since 2010. Funny people reading from the worst published books they can find.

Novelty Act FacebookTuesday, January 27
NOVELTY ACT presented by Bynoe and Hahn
8-10 PM | $8 in advance $10 at the door

What is this all about?
Lots of things.
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.
Facebook Event

Saturday and Sunday, January 24, 25
PuSH Festival | Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
1 & 4 PM Rain or Shine | Free Event
If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I’ve been involved with the PuSh Festival for the last 5 years. This year I am dancing in this performance along with 80 or so other Vancouverites who love to dance. If you want to see me in all my glory (or catch my mess ups) I’m positioned at the corner near Cambie and Georgia.

Don’t live in Vancouver?
That’s okay, you can experience the joy of Say Wha?! through the magic of podcasting. Click here for links to iTunes or streaming audio.

Teenage Wasteland August 7-10

Teenage Wasteland

This has been a dream of mine since 2000. An art show of embarrassing art by adults made when they were teenagers. Inspired by Teen Angst Night, the show highlights the stories behind the work & the angst that went into them.

Includes an audio tour with background interviews with the artists: Angela Fama, Drew Young, Sara Bynoe, Chris Bentzen, Erin Gibbs, Les Nyulak, ARGH!!, Asa Cederholm, Karin Vengshoel, Sheri Alexander, Kathryn Mussallem, Amanda McCuaig, and Jay Senetchko.

Hot Art Wet City

2206 Main Street (@ 6th), Vancouver

Gallery open August 7-10, 2013 · noon-5pm

Wednesday, August 7 from 7-11pm OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, August 8 from 8pm Teen Angst Night Adults read what they wrote when teens, $5-10 (sliding scale)

Friday, August 9 from 8pm-late Stories & Song Teen Wasteland-themed karaoke & storytelling, $5-10 (sliding scale)

Plus, Tuesday August 6 from 8-10pm is the bonus event Mighty Ugly, a crafting and creativity workshop with Kim Werker. Make ugly things to explore creativity from a fresh perspective. $15

Teen Angst Art Show

timthumbI am doing an art show with the wonderful Hot Art Wet City gallery. This is a show I’ve dreamed about doing for a decade and it’s finally happening!

Here are the show details and the call for submissions from H.A.W.C.

Teenage Wasteland
August 7-10, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday August 7 from 7-11pm
2206 Main Street, Vancouver

Sara Bynoe hosts an art show of embarrassing art by adults made when they were teenagers. Inspired by Teen Angst Night and her book Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry, this show features pieces of art (sketches, paintings, sculpture, etc) created between the ages of 10-18. The show highlights the stories behind the work and the angst that went into them. Teenage Wasteland includes an audio tour with background interviews with the artists and live performances related to the work throughout the week.

Call for Submissions
We want your angsty and embarrassing art for “Teenage Wasteland.” We’re not interested in your photo-realist painting of a swan, we’re looking for angsty and expressive teenage art.

  • The work must have been created by you when you were a teenager (aged 10-18) and you must be over 21 years old to submit
  • You should be embarrassed of the work now
  • You must be willing (and available) to talk about your piece in July for audio tour recording and potentially in front of a live audience at the show in August

Please email a JPG of your piece to along with some background information about the piece: why do you still have it, how old were you when you created it, how do you feel about it now, what’s the story behind the work, etc. This is a juried show. Artists selected to participate will be notified after the deadline. Submission deadline: Wednesday July 4, 2013 at 12pm