How far would you go for your dream job? How long do you wait before you say ‘this is never going to happen’? Those are the kinds of questions Sara Schaefer had to answer as she pursued a career in comedy.
After college, Schaefer moved to New York in hopes of landing that coveted SNL gig. Her first sketch in the Big Apple wasn’t exactly SNL material–a performance Schaeferadmits she mostly blocked from her memory. Luckily she shared the story with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez. Teaser: It involves a German, a robot and a ridiculous ride on the subway.
Schaefer didn’t let one bad sketch break her spirit. She gathered critical acclaim for her biweekly stage show “Sara Schaefer is Obsessed With You,” and produced several live shows, including “Video Gaga” at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, all while working as an analyst at a securities law firm.
In 2009, she got her big break when she was hired as the head blogger for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” After two years and two Emmy Awards, Schaefer left “Fallon” and became a writer for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” But Schaefer was dreaming even bigger: She wanted a talk show.
Schaefer finally found the missing piece to her talk show dream in comedian Nikki Glaser. The two met at a party where they immediately hit it off, and soon afterward began their podcast “You Had To Be There. That eventually led to the eponymous MTV show “Nikki & Sara Live.”
Sadly, the show was canceled after two seasons. But as Schaefer says, “this is only the beginning.”
CREDIT: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Victoria Moreno and Paola Bolano