The Fictionals: Improv x Literature

Host: Daniel Chai

Event Number: 30
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

The Fictionals: Improv x Literature

Wednesday, Oct 23
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Watch new stories unfold in front of your eyes during this creative, side-splitting mashup of books and comedy. Known for their hilarity, Tanya Boteju (Kings, Queens and In- Betweens), Dina Del Bucchia (It’s a Big Deal!) and Andrew Kaufman (The Ticking Heart) will read from their latest works before improv comedy group The Fictionals create a skit inspired by each story. Then, enjoy a reading from Retail Nightmares host Alicia Tobin’s So You’re A Little Sad, So What? before an unscripted, long-form comedy jam sure to keep you roaring.

Presented in partnership with the Master of Publishing (MPub) program at SFU.

Event Participants:

Tanya Boteju

British Columbia

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, BC). She spends much of her life in a classroom, teaching English to clever and sassy young people. When Boteju isn’t teaching or writing, she’s biking, reading, or drinking tea from unicorn mugs. Boteju is grateful for her extroverted wife who builds her bookshelves while also encouraging her to be social. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is her first novel.

Dina Del Bucchia

British Columbia

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of the short story collection, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, and four collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and Otters, Blind Items, Rom Com, written with Daniel Zomparelli, and the newly released, It’s a Big Deal! She is a senior editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine, the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series and hosts the podcast, Can’t Lit, with Jen Sookfong Lee.

The Fictionals Comedy Co.

British Columbia

The Fictionals Comedy Co. have been performing in Vancouver and beyond since 2010. Their trademark brand of improv pushes the boundaries of comedy, including collaborations with comic book artists, slam poets, and a Chinese String Orchestra. The Fictionals perform weekly at Cafe Deux Soleils, monthly at the Rio Theatre, regularly at Yuk Yuks Vancouver, and at conventions and special events all over town. Come see where the improvisers and authors’s imaginations take you this year!, @TheFictionals

Andrew Kaufman


Andrew Kaufman was born in Wingham Ontario, hometown of Alice Munro, which makes him the second best writer from a town of three thousand. His novel The Tiny Wife won the ReLit Award. Born Weird was Globe and Mail best book of the year. His work has been published in thirteen countries and translated into eleven languages. He currently lives in Toronto.


Alicia Tobin

British Columbia

Alicia Tobin is a comedian and writer living and working in Vancouver. She is the co-host of two popular podcasts, Retail Nightmares and Super! Sick! Podcast! and the creator of Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me, a live, entirely improvised comedy show that has been featured in a number of comedy festivals. She loves baked goods, animals, friendship and her miniature poodle, Hank Tobin. So You’re a Little Sad, So What? is her first book., @AliciaATobin