Sara Benincasa is a screenwriter, author, actress and recovering stand-up comic. Books include Real Artists Have Day Jobs, Tim Kaine is Your Nice Dad, DC Trip, Great, and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom. In 2017, she adapted DC Trip as a screenplay. She also adapted Agorafabulous as a TV pilot with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. Recent TV appearances include “Corporate” on Comedy Central; “Bill Nye Saves the World” on Netflix; and “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on TVLand. She wrote, executive produced and starred in the critically acclaimed short film “The Focus Group.”
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, Pop Rocket, International Waters, Throwing Shade, Feminasty, Love, Alexi, Jordan Jesse Go! 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. 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 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 federal office. 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