Photo: Courtesy of Sara Schaefer.
You might recognize Sara Schaefer from cohosting her late-night MTV comedy show, Nikki & Sara Live
, with Nikki Glaser, but did you know she's won Emmys for her work on Late Night with Jimmy
? Now you do.
Who is your comedian crush, and why?
"My comedian crush is Louis CK. I love his style of comedy and his point of view. I also love how, over the course of his career, we've been able to see him change as a person and comedian. He didn't pick one bucket of topics, attitude, or style. He has evolved, and we get to go along with him for the ride. I don't think I can handle actually knowing him, though. I met him once briefly, and it was as much as I think I can handle."
How can I tell if I'm funny or not?
"If you're a regular person who likes telling funny stories or dropping a witty comment here or there at the office, you can tell if you're funny if people tell you you're funny. If you hear a lot of people saying that, then chances are, you are a funny person. If you're a trying to be a professional comedian...well, that's a deep rabbit hole of a question. Some say you're only as funny as your last set. But at the end of the day, comedy is subjective. What's funny to me won't be funny to the next person.
When someone on Twitter says 'You aren't funny,' first of all, I wonder what type of person takes the time to find out what my Twitter name is and type something like that. And second, the sentence would be accurate if you typed 'I do not personally find you funny.' One person doesn't get to decide if you're funny or not. As a comedian, you hope as many people as possible will find you funny, so that the collective vote of approval can propel you into a career. Oh, and the more Twitter followers you have. That is definitely
an air-tight barometer of whether you're funny or not. So be sure to become obsessed with that number!"
How can I make myself more funny?
"You can make yourself more funny by trying, writing, and saying comedy as much as you possibly can. I also think I'm the funniest when I'm very present. Being in the moment and channeling what's happening around you will heighten your ability to make people laugh. I have many years of improv training under my belt, and I think it has helped me immensely in all aspects of my career."
What's the secret to telling a really good joke or funny story?
"I think the secret of telling a funny story or joke is something everyone is always searching for. Once you think you've found it, you realize you haven't. Comedy is fluid, and what works for you should change over the years. If you've been doing the same five jokes for over 10 years and you've never tried anything else, then you probably aren't interested in finding the secret."