Interview: Sara Schaefer

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with Dev Bose and Penny Zang


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On their weekly podcast You Had To Be There, comedians Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser have conversations with comedians, in which they discuss several aspects of comedy including writing and storytelling. This interview with Sara Schaefer covers Schaefer’s experiences about reaching out to the public through growing up in Virginia, studying at the College of William and Mary, and being a comedian in New York City. Schaefer also discusses the potential for higher education instructors to reach out to public audiences through the channels that she has navigated as a performer.




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Video Version of Interview in Eight Separate Clips:

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 1

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 2

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 3

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 4

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 5

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 6

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 7

Interview with Sara Schaefer, Part 8


Dev Bose is a lecturer in the English department at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He has a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University. He is a scholar in rhetoric and professional communication with an emphasis in disability studies, and regularly presents at national writing conferences. He is currently writing an article on AD/HD and the writing process.

Sara Schaefer is a comedian, producer and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She has a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary. She has worked on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show and Best Week Ever, and holds several awards, including an Emmy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media and Webby for Online Film and Video. She and fellow co-host Nikki Glaser produces a weekly podcast, You Had To Be There, and MTV sketch comedy show Nikki and Sara Live.

Penny Zang is a full-time English instructor at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. She has a M.F.A in Creative Writing from West Virginia University. Her work has previously appeared in the Potomac Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Pank, and the Baltimore City Paper.

© 2012 Dev Bose, Sara Schaefer, and Penny Zang, used by permission.


Technoculture Volume 2 (2012)