Sara Benincasa is an award-winning comedian and author of the book Agorafabulous, from William Morrow (a division of HarperCollins), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. Her outspoken, sexually-charged comedy has won praise from the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, and The New York Times, and has earned her an ECNY (Emerging Comedian of New York) Award and a Webby nomination. Sara is currently working on her second book.
Sara’s television appearances include NBC's Today Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, MTV News, and CUNY-TV’s "Brian Lehrer Live." Her comedy has been featured and praised by the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The New York Times ("utterly hilarious"), ABCNews.com, Wired.com ("an up-and-coming comedian"), Time.com ("killer … improv-comedy charm"), Newsweek.com ("freaking hilarious"), MarieClaire.com ("smart, funny girl;"), Politico, The Guardian, The Independent, Agence France-Presse, Le Post, Le Figaro, The Huffington Post ("celebrated"), Time Out New York, The New York Post, ComedyCentral.com ("hilarious"), Wonkette, New York, Le Nouvel Observateur, Paper, Flavorpill LA, Fishbowl LA, Fishbowl DC, Buzzfeed, and Celebrity Crunch.
From 2008 – 2010 Sara hosted and produced "Get in Bed," a hilarious sex-chat show on Cosmo Radio, part of the world's #1 brand for women, every weeknight from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET (on Sirius 111/XM 162).
Sara was a citizen journalist for the 2008 MTV Choose or Lose Street Team, part of MTV’s 2008 Emmy Award-winning Think campaign. During the election, she created a splash with her original Sarah Palin vlogs on Huffington Post's humor site, 23/6, a series for which she won an ECNY Award and was nominated for a Webby for best performance, alongside Isabella Rosellini.
From 2006-2008, she hosted Nerve.com’s hit "Tub Talk with Sara B.," a notorious web talk show in which she interviewed comedians and humor writers in her bathtub. Guests included humorist Andy Borowitz (BorowitzReport.com), current SNL writer John Mulaney, 2007 Andy Kauffman Award winning comedian Reggie Watts, author Jonathan Ames ("Bored to Death"), and a variety of other funny/smart/weird people. She has since revamped the show into the web series "Gettin' Wet with Sara Benincasa", and has interviewed guests such as Margaret Cho, Donald Glover, Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman.
Sara's one-woman show, "AGORAFABULOUS!" based on her experiences with panic-attacks and agoraphobia, has garnered great reviews at festivals and one-night stands around the country. This summer, she brought "AGORAFABULOUS!" to Oslo, where she was the only American invited to perform at the Fortellerfestivalen (Norwegian Storytelling Festival).
"Family Hour with Auntie Sara," her critically acclaimed live show, packs the house each month at the PIT. The New York Post named "Family Hour with Auntie Sara" one of the city’s best bets for alternative comedy. The show has also won praise from New York, Metromix.com, and an ever-growing cult of devoted "Family Hour" fans. Also, free cookies!
Sara 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.