Comedian, Mental Health Advocate, Author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom
Why Sara Benincasa?
Benincasa is author, comedian and mental health activist who provides an honest and entertaining look at campus life that will make you shed a tear and laugh-out-loud.
She shares her journey from depression and panic disorder to healthy adulthood in a fresh, funny and inspiring way.
The former advice columnist for Jezebel, she is currently adapting her book "Agorafabulous!" as a comedy pilot for ABC.
Fee Range:(BELOW $10,000)
About Sara Benincasa
Sara Benincasa is a comedian and author of the YA novel Great (HarperTeen 2014) and the memoir Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom (William Morrow 2012). Agorafabulous! was based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. She is currently adapting Agorafabulous! as a half-hour comedy pilot for the ABC Family network, with executive producers Diablo Cody and Ben Stiller. Her new book, DC TRIP, a novel for adults, was released in November 2015. Her book, Real Artists Have Day Jobs, is due to be released in April 2016. She contributes frequently to such publications as Bust magazine.
Sara's numerous television appearances include NBC's Today show, the CBS Early Show, CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, MTV News, the History Channel, and more. Her comedy has been featured and praised by the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The New York Times ("utterly hilarious"), ABCNews.com, Wired.com ("an up-and-coming comedian"), Buzzfeed ("Internet hero"), Time.com ("killer … improv-comedy charm"), Newsweek.com ("freaking hilarious"), MarieClaire.com ("smart, funny girl;"), Politico, The Guardian, The Independent, Agence France-Presse, Le Post, Le Figaro, The Huffington Post ("celebrated"), Time Out New York, The New York Post, ComedyCentral.com ("hilarious"), Wonkette, New York, and more.
Agorabafulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom
Based on Benincasa's book, Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom (February 2012) this painful, poignant but hilarious presentation chronicles her attempts to forge a wonderfully weird adulthood in the midst of her lifelong struggle with agoraphobia, depression, and unruly hair: in Boston, a college student fears leaving her own room - even to use the toilet; in Pennsylvania, a meek personal assistant finally confronts a perpetually enraged gay spiritual guru; in Texas, a rookie high school teacher deals with her male student's unusually, er, hard personal problem. Sara Benincasa has been that terrified student, that embattled employee, that confused teacher - and so much more. Relatable, unpretentious, and unsentimental, Agorafabulous! celebrates eccentricity, resilience, and the power of humor to light up even the darkest corners of our lives. Benincasa says of the book, "There are also some sexy parts, but they're really awkward. Like really, really awkward. Can you even imagine how they'll translate to audiences.
Help! You Need Somebody!
As students enter college and are away from home for the first time, support systems often move out of reach. Navigating young adulthood and the pressures of academia can also contribute to developing poor habits, feelings of stress, or worse. With humor and a deep sense of empathy, campus speaker Sara Benincasa emphasizes the importance of reaching out for help when you need it, especially before your mental health suffers. Highlighting the resources that college campuses provide, she provides a lifeline to those who may be struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or negative emotions.