Sarah Schneider in 2007
September 10, 1983 |
Summit, New Jersey
|Occupation||Website content writer, screenwriter, actress|
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University|
Saturday Night Live
Sarah Schneider (born September 10, 1983) is an American writer, actress, and comedian. She got her start in entertainment as a writer and actress for the comedy website CollegeHumor before becoming a writer for the television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. On August 13, 2016 it was announced that Schneider was promoted to co-head writer of season 42, alongside writing partner Chris Kelly.
Schneider at CollegeHumor
Schneider attended Wake Forest University—as did CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen, although they did not know one another—where she was a member of the University's "Lilting Banshees" student comedy troupe. A mutual friend recommended Schneider to Van Veen, who hired her as a freelance writer in May 2005 to work on the book The CollegeHumor Guide To College. From there she became a full-time writer and the first female permanent employee. As part of the CollegeHumor staff she starred as a fictionalized version of herself in the short-lived television series The CollegeHumor Show (2009) and web series including Hardly Working and Full Benefits; starred as other characters in other original videos; and wrote episodes, videos and articles.
Schneider at SNL
In 2011, Schneider became a writer for Saturday Night Live. She had been a guest writer on the last five episodes of season 36 (2010–2011) and became a full-time writer from season 37 (2011–2012).
In 2013, her musical sketch "(Do It On My) Twin Bed" was her first big SNL hit with fellow writer Chris Kelly. She and Kelly also wrote "Hometown Tourism Ad" since joining SNL in 2011, and "Christmas Spectacular."
Vulture named Schneider and Kelly onto their list in 2014 of the 50 comedians to watch.
In November 2015, she had worked with Kelly to write "Back Home Ballers," and "First Got Horny 2 U." At that time, they also headed the political debate sketches during election season, like the Democratic debate sketch in October 2015. Schneider and Kelly also co-penned sketches like "The Beygency," "(Do It On My) Twin Bed," and "Bar Talk." In August 2016, SNL promoted Schneider and Kelly to co-head writers of the 42nd season of the show. Schneider became the show's first female head writer since 2008.
In March 2017, Comedy Central commissioned Schneider and Kelly to write a pilot episode about two siblings struggling with the sudden fame of their younger brother. By then, Schneider had also been a writer on Master of None on Netflix.
- 67th Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special)
- 66th Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics (Saturday Night Live)
- 65th Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (Saturday Night Live)
- 65th Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday)
- 64th Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (Saturday Night Live)
- 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (Saturday Night Live)
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- Frucci, Adam (August 10, 2011). "CollegeHumor's Sarah Schneider Hired as a Writer at SNL". splitsider.com. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
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- "Saturday Night Live writers Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider: Interview" on Entertainment Weekly
- "Inside ‘SNL’ with Writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly" in Splitsider
- "Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider Are Your Newest SNL Head Writers" in Vulture
- "SNL promotes Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider to co-head writers" on Entertainment Weekly
- "Saturday Night Live Promotes Gay, Female Comedians to Lead Writers" in Out
- "Comedy Central Orders Siblings Comedy Pilot From ‘Saturday Night Live’ Team" on deadline
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