Sara Benincasa is a stand-up comedian, actress, college speaker on mental health awareness, and the author of "Real Artists Have Day Jobs" (William Morrow 2016); "DC Trip" (Adaptive 2015); "Great" (HarperTeen 2014); and "Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom" (William Morrow 2012). She also wrote a very silly joke book called "Tim Kaine Is Your Nice Dad."
Sara hosts the self-help podcast "Well, This Isn't Normal" and combines interviews with relaxation techniques. Before that, she hosted the podcast "Where Ya From?" and interviewed Ben Stiller, Michael Arceneaux and others about their origin stories (geographic and otherwise.) In 2017, she adapted "DC Trip" as a screenplay with Bona Fide, Gunpowder & Sky, and Adaptive Studios. She also adapted "Agorafabulous" as a pilot for TV with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Recent roles include "Corporate" on Comedy Central (2018), "Bill Nye Saves The World"" on Netflix (2017), "The Jim Gaffigan Show" on TVLand (2016) and the critically acclaimed short film "The Focus Group" (2016), which she also wrote.
A former Sirius XM host and producer, she’s been heard on various programs on BBC World Service and NPR. She’s also been a guest on WTF with Marc Maron, Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn, The Mental Illness Happy Hour, Throwing Shade, and many more. As an opinion and features writer, she’s contributed to Buzzfeed, Bust magazine, the Guardian, Wonkette, Eater, CNN.com, and other venues. She serves on the Creative Council for Emily’s List, a political action committee that has grown to be one of the largest financial resources for minority women seeking elected office.
Sara attended Emerson College and has a degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. She has an M.A. in Secondary School Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is a freelance writer, with six cover stories for BUST magazine and a Women's Health cover story under her belt. She’s spoken to dozens of colleges, universities, comedy festivals, writers’ conferences and nonprofit groups about creative writing, storytelling, comedy and mental health awareness.