Sara Schaefer

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Sara Schaefer
Born (1978-07-10) July 10, 1978 (age 45)
MediumStand-up, Podcasting, Television
Notable works and rolesNikki & Sara Live, Grand

Sara Schaefer (born July 10, 1978) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and author.

Personal life[edit]

Schaefer was raised in Midlothian, Virginia, the daughter of Billie and William "Bill" Schaefer. Her mother started the charity Pennies for Heaven, Inc.[1][2] She attended Maggie Walker Governor's School, and went to college at William & Mary. Schaefer lives in Los Angeles.


Following college, in 2000, Schaefer moved to New Orleans and participated in the theater scene. In 2001 Schaefer moved to New York City and began writing, producing and performing comedy. During that time she also worked as a damages analyst at a New York City law firm.[3] In 2006 and 2007, she hosted an on-line comedy/music show for AOL called The DL, for which she made around 350 videos or segments with a varied assortment of noted and upcoming artists, musicians and performers, from Hulk Hogan and Aretha Franklin to Jimmy Fallon and Jamie Kennedy. In 2007, she was a featured performer at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. In 2008, she was an editor for VH1's Best Week Ever blog. She has appeared on E!, VH-1, Fuse and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[4] In 2009 New York Magazine named Schaefer one of the "Ten new comedians that funny people find funny."[5]

She was the Head Blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2011, for which she won the Emmy Award for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media (non-fiction) in both 2009 and 2010. In 2011 she wrote for the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and was named one of the Huffington Post's "53 Favorite Female Comedians".[4][6]

Sara's accolades include USA Today's "100 People of the Year in Pop Culture," Backstage Magazine Comics to Watch 2011, New York Post "Best Jests 2010," ECNY Award Nominee: Best Female Stand Up 2010, Comedy Central's Comics to Watch Showcase 2010, and New York Magazine's "10 Comedians to Watch" 2010.[7]

From early 2011 to 2014, Schaefer hosted a podcast with comedian Nikki Glaser called You Had To Be There.[8]

Nikki & Sara Live, a weekly talk show television series hosted by Schaefer and Glaser, premiered on January 29, 2013, on MTV.[9] MTV cancelled the show after two seasons.[10]

In 2013, Schaefer made her stand-up comedy television debut on John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. She has gone on to write for numerous television shows including Problematic with Moshe Kasher, The Fake News with Ted Nelms starring Ed Helms, The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and The History of Swear Words.[11] In 2017, she created, produced and hosted the digital series Woman Online for Seriously.TV.[12] Schaeffer's stand up show Little White Box[13] debuted to a sold-out run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[14] Her scripted web series Day Job was named one of 100 Best Web Series by TimeOut New York. Her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents half hour special aired in November 2019.[15]

Schaefer's memoir Grand was published by Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books in August 2020.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Best Week Ever Herself
2006-07 The DL Host AOL Music web series
2006 Rise of the Geeks Herself TV documentary
2009 It's On with Alexa Chung Herself Episode #2.28
2012 A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus Herself
2012-13 Money From Strangers Herself Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live Panelist Two episodes
2013 Nikki & Sara Live Host Co-hosted/creator with Nikki Glaser
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly Guest
Inside Amy Schumer Friend #2 Episode 1: Bad Decisions
John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show Herself Episode 4
2014-16 @midnight Guest Episodes #71, #100, #195 & #296
2016 Not Safe with Nikki Glaser Herself Episode 4
2017 Woman Online Host
The Fake News With Ted Nelms Mischa Horowtz
2018 Comedy Knockout Herself
The Fix Herself Episode 9
2019 Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents Herself Episode 12


Year Title Occupation
2008 Associate Editor
2009-2011 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Head Blogger/Researcher
2011 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Writer
2012 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Writer
2012-2013 Money From Strangers Prank consultant, guest
2013 Nikki & Sara Live Writer, Host, Executive Producer
2016 Not Safe With Nikki Glaser Writer
2017 Woman Online Creator, Host, Executive Producer
Problematic With Moshe Kasher Writer
The Fake News with Ted Nelms Writer
2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) Writer
2019 Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate Writer
2020 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (Dave Chappelle) Writer
2020 Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 Writer
2020 Feeding America Comedy Festival Producer
2020 Top Secret Videos Producer
2021 History of Swear Words Writer


  1. ^ Ruggieri, Melissa (24 June 2010). "Former Richmonder has an online voice on Jimmy Fallon's show". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved Dec 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "07/19/07 - NNHS Newsletter -  Bi". Retrieved Dec 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sara Schaefer". Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  4. ^ a b "Bio". May 21, 2011. Retrieved Dec 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny -- New York Magazine - Nymag". New York Magazine. 20 March 2009. Retrieved Dec 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Hartsell, Carol (March 9, 2011). "PHOTOS: 53 Amazing Female Comedians You Should Know". Huffington Post.
  7. ^ "MTV Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows". MTV. Retrieved Dec 30, 2019.
  8. ^ Dunn, Gaby (March 2, 2012). "Two Women Joined by Justin Timberlake". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Angelo, Megan (December 28, 2012). "Friends First, Talk-Show Hosts Later". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (21 November 2013). "MTV Cancels Talk Show 'Nikki & Sara Live'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Bio". 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  12. ^ For men hurt by feminism, Call 1-555-MASC-FRAGILITY | Woman ..., retrieved 2021-03-11
  13. ^ Goldman, Halli (2017-11-10). "Sara Schaefer Captures What So Many are Feeling in NYCF Solo Show". The Interrobang. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  14. ^ "Sara Schaefer: the breakout comic on trashing Trump and bombing on stage". the Guardian. 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  15. ^ Wright, Megh (2018-12-03). "Comedy Central Announces a Pile of Upcoming Stand-up Specials". Vulture. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  16. ^ Schaefer, Sara (2020-08-11). Grand. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-9821-0221-0.

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