My brand new one-woman show premiered on July 27, 2022 at Tightrope Theatre in Vancouver. We then hit the road for nine shows at the Edmonton Fringe Festival (BYOV Lorne Cardinal @ The Roxy) August 11-20, 2022. Come join me for a fun hour that will no doubt leave you feeling a little better about yourself.

“What do infomercials, your deepest insecurities, and Maria Bamford have in common? They all show up in your dreams at 3 AM! Join Nescafe as she journeys through her subconscious encountering a colouful cast of characters on her path to self-acceptance.

Full review available here.

The Team
Directors: Nikolai Witschl & Chelsey Stuyt
Producers: April Killins & Vanessa Lever
Photography: Chelsey Stuyt
Stage Managers: Jennifer Peebles & April Killins

New Stuff!

Ok, it’s been a WHILE since I’ve actually posted anything on here.  So here we go!

I have a new blog where I post silly musings celebrating the end of the work week — casual Fridays!  It’s called the Jeans Day Weekly.  Check it out here, but only if you like to laugh and maybe pee a little.

Jeans Day Weekly

New Show! Coming SOON!

You heard right, the rumours are true, the Sweater Zeppelins’ new sketch-based play , RELATIONSHOPPING, is opening next week!  We’ll be at that Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive) on Thurs. December 11 to Sat. December 13 at 8:00 pm nightly.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Here’s our poster!


EXTRA! EXTRA! New Show Coming Soon!

Procrastinating + Busy-ness = Late Post!

The rumours are true! I’m writing a brand new one-lady show called A Book By Its Cover that I’ll be premiering it next Thursday, April 17 until Saturday, April 19 at the Havana Theatre in Vancouver.

The show is in sketch format, exploring the idea of first impressions and how no one is ever what they seem.  I might spit some mean rhymes (rap), I might dance interpretively, I might even CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Plus, it’s a DOUBLE BILL show with my sketch comedy group The Sweater Zeppelins, called A Night of Mandatory Laughter.  We’ll be doing a 40 minute set after my solo show!  Lucky you!  And lucky me 🙂  This is probably our funniest show to date.  We have a new face, Dan Willows, who will be joining Ellie heath, Nikolai Witschl and I on stage.  And the comedically brilliant and visually gorgeous Brynn Peebles also contributed some of her funny ideas to the show.

So come on down to this (I’m assuming) HISTORIC event April 17 – 19 at the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive.  Tickets are $15 and can be reserved at to guarantee seats.

Look at our poster!  Guess who drew these silly pictures?


What Dreams Are Made Of: Conquering My Demons

A few weeks ago, somewhere between Christmas and doubting myself, I had an amazing dream.

I have a history of dreams involving shadowy demons that try to grab at me from under my bed.  I haven’t had one for a while since I’M A GROWN UP NOW, but then this one popped up.

In my dream, a dark, gnarly, clawed hand was coming up the side of my bed.  Immediately I get a tinge of terror in my heart.  But then I remember it’s only real if I let it be real.  Also, my childhood teddy bear, Cocoanut, was in my bed with me.  She has superpowers.

demon hand!

I kept swatting the hand off my bed, but it persisted and its persistence made me angrier and angrier.  Then the full body of this shadowy demon, not unlike the one in Insidious (ahh!).  I fought and fought, punching and using Cocoanut to scare it, using every ounce of by strength to defeat it.

shadowy demon

Just when I thought I had succeeded and could go back to sleep, it came up beside my bed again.  Beyond furious, I got up on my knees, pushed it down onto the ground, jumped on top of it and started punching the HECK out of it.  THEN, I ripped off its arm, beat it to death with its own arm, and thrust the bony end of the arm through the demon’s chest.

Arm rip!

I got back up on my bed, threw my arms in the air and cried: “I’M VANESSA LEVER AND I’M AWESOME!!”  All in flannel penguin-print jammies too.


Best. Dream. Ever.  I guess my subconscious is telling me that I should be more confident, there’s nothing to fear except fear itself!  All in all, a good start to a new year.  🙂

Nomadic-Ness: The Art of Moving

Moving is awful and everyone knows it.  But I have done it FIVE times in the last THREE years.  Yes, you read that right.  I have learned several things about the many facets of moving.  Whenever someone mentions to me that they are getting ready to move, I volunteer my expertise (and I DON’T use that term loosely) about how to pack, how to move, where to move, and how to memorize a postal code.  And like most internet-savvy people in this age of social media, I now feel the need to impose my knowledge on the masses instead of hoarding it. You’re welcome.

1. U-Haul

This is how most of us 20-somethings move from apartment to apartment.  It’s the cheapest, quickest, hassle-free-est way to move.  Or so they’ll have you think!  U-Haul is actually THE WORST, but every time I have moved, plus twice when I had to move large pieces of furniture, I have used U-Haul…because apparently I like to test the limits of my sanity.  They have awful, slow customer service, it costs way more than you think it will because gas, kilometres and insurance are all extra, and they are never ready on time.  And those who know me, know that I am not a crying-in-front-of-people kind of gal, but once they made me cry.

LESSON:  Know that if your rental isn’t ready on time or you have any issues with them, that they will credit you $50.  Also, within a month of any vehicle rental, you can use your receipt and get one month of free storage with them.

2. Room-Mates

The very best person to live with is YOURSELF!  You’ll bother yourself the least out of anyone. Plus, having neighbours in an apartment building is practically like having room-mates because the walls are paper-thin.

LESSON:  If you want to cut down your costs since living alone is more expensive, ask those neighbours if you can share internet with them — half price!  Or you can do what I did; try it for a couple months, then tell them that the connection is really slow and not worth $30 a month so you’ll get your own.  But really it’s fine and you still use it (for free!).

3. Craigslist

There are many websites that you can use to find a rental, but the best resource (in Vancouver anyway) is Craigslist.  There are TONS of places on there and it’s updated minutely.  But if you see a place on there, jump on it quick because it will not last.  And there’s a sort of secret language that experienced Craigslist users use in their ads, so watch for these:

  • No pictures = no go.  Taking and uploading a few pictures takes hardly any effort.  If they are too lazy to add pictures, imagine how lazy they are with the actual suite.  Gross.

  • A “garden suite” is a fancy way of saying “basement”.

  • A suite in a “character house” means it’s a dilapidated garbage house with a mouse problem that seven to nine hippies live in.

  • “Newly renovated” means that the walls were painted and MAYBE it’s got new faucets in the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Renting a condo or house from the owner means you’ll have an excitable landlady who will always be dropping by trying to be your friend.  And no one wants to be friends with their landlord, NINA.

LESSON:  Always ask about mice and bed bugs and make sure you take a friend or tell someone where you are going for safety reasons.  I never did this, but I’m told that I should have, so……noted!

4. Postal Codes

I’ve had SO MANY postal codes!!  They are the hardest part of moving, I swear.  But now I have a trick to learn them!  This last time around I made up a sort of acronym:

V anessa’s
5 th
L ocation?
1 (one)
N otices
5 (five)

And now everyone knows where I live.  But it’s quite relevant, I think, especially if you say it with an air of condescension.  I think of this every time I write out my postal code and sometimes mumble it out loud to a bank employee……be careful with that.

LESSON:  Make an acronym, I just said that.


Ta-dah!  Now you too can reap the benefits of my last five moves.  Just remember to be patient and find a place that you will be happy in for, hopefully, years to come.  Hopefully.  Please God.