Not funny, too expensive

Special Project
Launches Thursday, August 29, 2019 ⁠between 8:30pm - 10:00pm
CJSW 90.9 FM

Not funny,  too expensive:

An adaptation of a couple cancellations

Written by Steffanie Ling

Click here to download Simplified Chinese translation (PDF)

Translation: Henry Heng Lu

Not funny, too expensive is a podcast play written by the Writer in Residence for M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial in 2018. The text is a narrative that unfurls in the periphery of a simple but complex work of art - Life of a Craphead's "Ceilings" - that went from concept to realization in the time it took to deliver this text. It speculates on the conversations that overlap between a group of friends, LEE, BUB, ANG, and JET, all at different stages of proposal, severance and reflection on projects and collaborations between being told to do “whatever you want” and “it wasn’t what we expected.” Like its 2017 companion piece Uber Everywhere, Not funny, too expensive is knotted with grandiose, but suppressed notions of of productivity, refusal, and deferral.

Steffanie Ling was the Writer in Residence for the M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial in 2018.

Live Radio Launch

A recorded excerpt of ACT 2: SCENE 2 from the publication aired live on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

8:30pm - 10:00pm
CJSW 90.9 FM — Noise with Paula Fayerman
Stream online at

Voice acting by Jenna Rodgers and Mike Tan.

MP3 download coming soon.

Steffanie Ling is a producer of criticism, pamphlets, stories, essays, exhibitions, reviews, bluntness, anecdotes, shout outs, wrestling storylines, proposals, applications, jokes, readings, minimal poems, poems, dinner, compliments, and diatribes. Her books are NASCAR (Blank Cheque, 2016) and CUTS OF THIN MEAT (Spare Room, 2015). She lives, works and writes between Vancouver and Toronto where she is currently Artistic Director of Images Festival.

Not funny, too expensive


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