Sara Schaefer

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Sara Schaefer
Born (1978-07-10) July 10, 1978 (age 40)
MediumStand-up, Podcasting, Television
Notable works and rolesNikki & Sara Live, Co-Host of You Had To Be There podcast

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

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 has three siblings, Ross, Cristy, and Jay.[3][4] Schaefer was raised Baptist.[5][6] She attended Maggie Walker Governor's School, and went to college at William & Mary. Schaefer lives in Los Angeles, CA.


Following college, in 2000, Schaefer moved to New Orleans, Louisiana 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 (2001-2006) at a New York City law firm.[7] In 2006-2007, 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!, Vh1, Fuse and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[8] In 2009 New York Magazine named Sara one of the "Ten new comedians that funny people find funny."[9]

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".[8][10]

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.[11]

From early 2011 to 2014, Schaefer hosted a podcast with comedian Nikki Glaser called You Had To Be There.[12]

Nikki & Sara Live, a weekly talk show television series hosted by Schaefer and Glaser, premiered on January 29, 2013, on MTV.[13] MTV cancelled the show after two seasons.[14]


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 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
2014 @midnight Guest Episodes #71 & #100
2015 @midnight Guest Episodes #195 & #296


Year Title Occupation
2008 Associate Editor
2009-2011 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Head Blogger/Researcher
2011 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Writer


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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-09-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  10. ^ Hartsell, Carol (March 9, 2011). "PHOTOS: 53 Amazing Female Comedians You Should Know". Huffington Post.
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  12. ^ Dunn, Gaby (March 2, 2012). "Two Women Joined by Justin Timberlake". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Angelo, Megan (December 28, 2012). "Friends First, Talk-Show Hosts Later". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (21 November 2013). "MTV Cancels Talk Show 'Nikki & Sara Live'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 December 2018.

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