Funny People and Bad Books

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This delightful show is back in one week! Say Wha?!

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 Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store?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?! charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the worst writing in print.

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

Tuesday, May 2 | Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street
Hosted by Sara Bynoe

Featured Readers:
Allie Entwistle
Kyle Fines
Jackie Hoffart
Shane McLean
Kristy Woollam

$10 at the door (cash only)

Facebook event
More info: https://sarabynoe.com/shows/say-wha/

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.”

Tonight at the Fox Cabaret

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Yes, it’s another Teen Angst Night. Presales are sold out but there will be tickets available at the door. Get there early! I have a feeling this show is going to be PACKED with possibly standing room only.

Want to know more about the show? Check out this nice article from Inside Vancouver that was published this week.

“On Saturday, eleven brave Vancouverites will take to the stage to read some of their best (i.e. worst) mementos from their youth. Part comedy show, part walk down memory lane, this show is one of the most notorious nights in Vancouver. It’s not all pretty, but that’s what makes it so funny.” – Inside Vancouver

Thanks to The Georgia Straight for including this show in a great round-up of awesome events in Vancouver today.

I’ve been hosting and producing T.A.N. since 2000. If you haven’t been before come check it out. There is a reason why this show is still running; it’s so fun!

DETAILS

Doors: 7 PM | Show: 8 PM | Fox Cabaret: 2321 Main Street, Vancouver | $15 at the door

Can’t make it tomorrow? The next one will be Saturday, May 6. Tickets will go on sale in early April.

 

Ten More Sleeps!

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Save the date and make a date for the next Teen Angst Night!

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
8-10 PM
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

Facebook event
Reader signup – Only looking for men now. Any brave dudes out there?

Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series I have produced since 2000.

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.

Sorry actual teenagers, this event is in a 19+ venue.

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

“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

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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How I’m Beating Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Garbage Year 2016

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The results are in: 2016 is a dumpster fire. Personally and professionally my year has been fine but everytime I check in on current events it seems like the world is going to hell in a child made designer knock-off handbasket. To top it off, here in Vancouver, we’ve just endured nearly two months of rain. Despite living on the wet coast for most of my adult life I can’t deny that I’m a prairie girl at heart; I need that sweet sunshine!

So to fight the downward spiral of Seasonal Affective Disorder that I sometimes experience I’ve dedicated myself to some new routines/ habits/ tactics to pack S.A.D. and everything it owns in a box to the left. Here are five things that I’ve been doing to keep my frown upside down.

One: Log Off

After obsessively clicking on article after article trying to make sense with the world post November 8, aka the day many white people got woke to racism in America, I decided to take a break from The Social Network because it was dragging me down.

I have only enjoyed the world without status updates for a little over a week, but it’s going pretty well. I’m going to check in once a week for the next little while but I’m already convinced it’s improving my mental health.

Since logging off of Facebook I am no longer seeing fake news in my life. I’m going straight to respected news outlets. I am no longer seeing terrible articles by actors I met 8 years ago whom I kept on my friends list in the hopes that one day they’d attend one of my shows. Bonus: I’m also missing out on said actors status updates about the work they’ve booked or how #grateful they are to follow their dreams. Newsflash: I should de-friend some people.

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Oh, what’s that you had a baby/ got engaged and I didn’t hear about it? Well… me and Facebook…

Two: Move it, Move it

You know what’s better than sitting on your couch watching Netflix? Getting off of it. I have gone for a walk whenever there is sunshine or break in the downpour. I’ve also made exercise an important part of my daily routine. I go to a horrible chain gym but I love the people watching and I’m trying to get out and dance whenever I can. I have never left the gym or dance floor feeling worse. My spirits are always lifted.

I highly recommend Dance Dance Party Party (Tuesday night @ Mt Pleasant Community Centre 8:15 PM), it’s only $7 to drop in.

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Three: Get Cultured

Last week I managed to get to see a play, a sketch show, attend a literary event, and I went to a square dance. AND I pulled this off without Facebook! Do you know how hard it is to find people to hang out with you last minute without that site? I pretty much forgot who I knew in the city. I persevered and scrolled through my phone’s contact list and connected with friends and with culture. My heart was touched and my perspective was lifted above the clouds. Art is going to be what pulls us through these dark days and I’m not just talking about winter.

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Four: Chocolate! Coffee!

Get some caffeine in your body! It’s working for me. I usually have coffee between 11:30 AM and 2 PM and chocolate between 5 PM – 8 PM. My body is quite sensitive to stimulants so a little bit at the right time really does the trick. Is there any science behind this? Maybe. I’m sure I could find an article online to support it, but it might be false or heavily biased.  All I can say is that it’s working for me.

Of course, if you don’t like coffee or chocolate you don’t have to consume it, but if you do let me be your enabler … in moderation.

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Five: Om

I’ve kept up a daily meditation practice for the last two years. I’m currently on a 170+ day streak. (Pats self on back). Taking just 10-20 minutes a day to focus on my breath and thoughts is like hitting a reset button in my mind. On days when my monkey mind is too chatty I switch to a guided meditation to hold my hand through the experience.

If you’re new to meditation I highly recommend trying apps like Headspace or Insight Timer.

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Other things that are working for me: dreaming about swimming in sunny weather and then playing with kittens, hanging out with friends, making sure I get my veggies, journaling, reading books, and trying to not be so hard on myself.

Some other self care I’m planning on doing soon include: a visit to Golden Feet, getting a massage, pretending that I’m in a tropical paradise at Shameful Tiki Room, and dancing at Calabash’s Class of 94 night.

Of course, if you are experiencing prolonged depression and other S.A.D. symptoms, you should go to your doctor. There’s no harm in it.

What do you do? How are you going to get through the gloomy winter this year?

 

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