Sara Benincasa is a screenwriter, author, actress and recovering stand-up comedian. Books include Real Artists Have Day Jobs, DC Trip, Great, and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom. In 2017, she adapted DC Trip as a screenplay. She adapted Agorafabulous as a TV pilot with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. She can soon be seen on “Hampton Deville” on Comedy Central; recent roles include “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on TVLand and the critically acclaimed short film “The Focus Group,” which she also wrote.
In addition to providing pop culture and political commentary on various news programs and radio shows, she’s been heard on a wide array of podcasts including WTF with Marc Maron, Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn, The Mental Illness Happy Hour, Throwing Shade, Pop Rocket, and many more. As an opinion and features writer, she’s contributed to Bust magazine, the Guardian, Wonkette, Eater, CNN.com, and other venues. Born and raised in NJ, she attended Emerson College, graduated from Warren Wilson College, and got an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University. She’s working on a new novel for Adaptive Books. She’s spoken to dozens of colleges, universities, comedy festivals, writers’ conferences and nonprofit groups.
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- “Ready to see your new favorite short film? It’s called The Focus Group, and it’s the brainchild of comedian/author/feminist/all-around badass Sara Benincasa…a touching, funny, and vulnerable short film you’ll want to forward to all your friends.” – Winona Dimeo-Ediger for HelloGiggles
- “Come for the body positivity, retweet for the spot-on Brooklyn caricature whose store is ‘just mason jars of different types of animal fat on shelves I built from pews I rescued from a condemned church in Beacon.'” – Joe Berkowitz for FastCoCreate
- “Her tone is that of a wise older sister who’s been there, done that and learned more than a few helpful life lessons (some she’s still learning) ranging from sex (‘A Vagina Is Not a Time Machine’) to body image (‘Realize Your Size Doesn’t Matter’).” – Salon.com interview with Rachel Kramer Bussel on Real Artists Have Day Jobs