Sara Benincasa

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Sara Benincasa
Benincasa moderating the "Comedians as Authors" panel at the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1980-10-25) October 25, 1980 (age 38)
EducationWarren Wilson College
Columbia University
OccupationWriter, comedian

Sara Benincasa (born October 25, 1980)[1] is an American comedian and author.


Benincasa has a degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. She has an M.A. in Secondary School Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.[2]

After graduation, Benincasa taught with AmeriCorps in Texas.[3]

Benincasa was a citizen journalist for MTV covering the 2008 United States presidential election as part of MTV's 2008 Emmy Award-winning Think campaign.[4]

Benincasa in 2007

Benincasa was featured on's BlogALog as a comedic blogger. Her last post on the SJ1000 blog was April 1, 2008, in which she suggested that followers missing her Internet presence go to her official web site, her Myspace page, her MTV Think profile, or her blog.[5]

Along with her blog, Benincasa filmed a series of interviews titled Tub Talk with Sara B. The series featured Benincasa in a bathtub with various comedic personalities, including Reggie Watts, Jonathan Ames, and Andy Borowitz.[6] Benincasa has since revamped the web series on her YouTube account as Gettin' Wet with Sara Benincasa. Interviewees include Margaret Cho, Donald Glover, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, and James Urbaniak. She has also contributed to the web site Jezebel.[citation needed]

In September 2008, Benincasa began producing a vlog in which she parodies the role of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[7] She is particularly attentive to Palin's Midwestern accent.[8] These vlogs were uploaded to Benincasa's YouTube profile, until a partnership with Huffington Post's humor site 23/6 was established, and the vlogs were moved to the twentythreesix YouTube page.[citation needed]

In 2009, Benincasa developed a one-woman show about her experiences with agoraphobia and panic attacks.[9] She has since sold the literary rights to Agorafabulous! to William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins.[10]

Benincasa co-hosted the Cosmo Radio sex/relationship talk show Get in Bed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio[11] until September 2010, when Sirius XM reduced the channel's programming schedule and let go several of the channel's hosts. She then started a podcast with Marcus Parks called "Sex and Other Human Activities", which features a sex questions segment (using questions sent via email and Formspring), and which launched in February 2011. The episode which aired on September 19, 2012, entitled "End of an Era", is described as "Sara's final show on the old SAOHA".[citation needed]

In January 2018 Benincasa offered $300 to any journalist who asked President Trump about America's relations with the fictitious African nation of Wakanda, the home of Marvel's Black Panther, in an Afro-futurism tweet which went viral.[12]

Benincasa lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.[13]



  • Great, New York:: HarperTeen, 2014, ISBN 9780062222695
  • DC Trip, Culver City, California: Adaptive Books, 2015, ISBN 9780996066631



  1. ^ "Sara Benincasa on Twitter". Twitter. September 24, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-24.
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  3. ^ McBee, Thomas Page (2012-01-31). "Sara Benincasa leaves her room". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ "Street Team '08: SaraBenincasaNY". MTV.
  5. ^ Sara Benincasa, "Last Dance, Last Dance, Last Dance, Last Dance...For Loooooooooooove!", BlogALog "SJ1000", April 1, 2008.
  6. ^ "Tub Talk with Sara B.", Video, October 20, 2008.
  7. ^ Brian Braiker, "The Palin Parodists", Newsweek "Web Exclusive", September 3, 2008.
  8. ^ Luchina Fisher, "Will the Real Sarah Palin Please Stand Up?", ABC News, September 15, 2008.
  9. ^ "Former shut-in Sara Benincasa feels Agorafabulous", Charleston City Paper.
  10. ^ "Comedian Sara Benincasa's show about agoraphobia coming to book, film form", Punchline Magazine.
  11. ^ "Sirius Satellite Radio - Cosmo Radio", "Cosmo Radio", October 20, 2008.
  12. ^ Zhang, Chris (2018-01-21). "What Does #Wakandagate Stand For In The Era of Trump?". Comicsverse. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
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