Spotlight Series: Comedians and the Business of Funny | Actors Fund

Spotlight Series: Comedians and the Business of Funny

Spotlight on Comedians with Special Guest Sara Benincasa

Comic actors, writers and stand-up comedians provide much needed relief in an often-changing world. These comedy professionals are vital to the well-being of our society. However, professionals in comedy often rely on income streams dependent on live audiences. Due to the pandemic and today’s uncertainties within the entertainment industry, comedy professionals are struggling to maintain financial stability and agency over their careers.
Come join us for this spotlight on comedy professionals. During this discussion, we will explore:

  • Obstacles unique to the world of comedy
  • Potential solutions to navigate a landscape of work within comedy, during and after the pandemic
  • Self-care practices for comedy professionals 
  • Resources that can be used to support your comedy career

About Spotlight  
Our Spotlight Series highlights the transferable skills that performing arts and entertainment professionals can use to generate work in other professional arenas. Through this series arts workers will gain resources to expand their career opportunities in and out of the business.  

About Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa is a comedian, actress, college speaker on mental health awareness, 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 is the host of the stress relief podcast "Well, This Isn't Normal".

Sara attended Emerson College and has a degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. 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.


Online Webinar Via Zoom

Attendance Rules: 

Please note your time zone!

12:30-2:00 pm (PT)
2:30-4:00 pm (CT)
3:30-5:00 pm (ET)



Contact Name: 

Jared Scheinberg

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Thursday, Jan 28, 2021,
3:30 pm5:00 pm