Sara Benincasa


Screenwriter, author, actress, comedian


Sara Benincasa is a stand-up comedian, actress, and the host of the new podcast "Where Ya From?" where she interviews director Ben Stiller, NY Times best-selling author Michael Arceneaux, and more. She's 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."  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, 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,, 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 federal 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 five cover stories for BUST magazine 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. 


Medium: I Speak, Therefore I Freak Out

Cosmopolitan: How to Inspire Change With Comedy

Salon: Stop Saying You’re Sorry