Sara Benincasa

The author of Agorafabulous deconstructs mental health with humor and grace.

Sara Benincasa is the host of the stress relief podcast “Well, This Isn’t Normal”.  She’s also a comedian, actress, and 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.

Sara 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. Sara attended Emerson College and has a degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She has an M.A. in Secondary School Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She’s spoken to dozens of colleges, universities, comedy festivals, writers’ conferences and nonprofit groups about creative writing, storytelling, comedy and mental health awareness.

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How To Work From Home Without Losing It

A guide to staying present while going remote. In this lively, engaging, funny and heartfelt 45 minute presentation, author, comedian and mental health awareness advocate Sara Benincasa brings her wit and insight to the topic of staying creative and focused when your work environment is also your home environment. For the past ten years, Sara has worked from home as an essayist, screenwriter and digital marketing consultant. During that time, she’s also traveled extensively as a college and corporate speaker and published five books, including “Real Artists Have Day Jobs.” With sensitivity to the very issues your own workplace may be facing, Sara will entertain, enlighten, and inspire your team.

Real Artists Have Day Jobs

Author, comedian, podcaster and digital marketer Sara Benincasa quite literally wrote the book on how to make your art while you make your money – even if those two goals never overlap! With humor, compassion and a practical attitude, Sara helps students and employees alike learn how to improve their art by maintaining a day job – and how to actually be happier at work by devoting more time to their art! Topics covered include: creativity, personal organization, focus, work/life/art balance (spoiler alert: they’re all interconnected), finance, and mental health awareness.

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Sara Benincasa on how to inspire change through comedy.

Laughing Matters

Produced by Funny Or Die and Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake, Sara Benincasa appears in Laughing Matters, a 30-minute documentary that brings comedians together for an honest look and real conversations about comedy + mental health.

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Gettin’ Better with Ron Funches

On the Gettin’ Better Podcast, Ron Funches and Sara Benincasa talk about quitting drinking, anxiety, vision boards, not touching on the first date, healthy friendships

US News & World Report

To those who are working from home for the very first time, comedian and author Sara Benincasa, offers this sound advice: “Strap in. You’re about to get to know yourself a LOT better.”


Stand-up comedian, actor, and author Sara Benincasa discusses her new podcast, Well, This Isn’t Normal.