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Hello! Long-time readers of this column know I’m not ashamed of self-promotion, covering a comic that happens to be performing on a thing I’m involved with, and we’re bringing that back! I produce a comedy show called Seven Minutes in Purgatory, which challenges standup comics to perform their material in a soundproof room, direct to a camera while the audience watches in a different room, it’s hosted by my co-producer Ian Abramson, who just moved to Los Angeles last month.

The show is making its LA debut next week, Monday, January 26th at UCB Sunset at 7 p.m. Comics on the lineup include Eric Andre, Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, and this week’s funny human, Sara Schaefer! Sara’s a great standup comic and writer whose worked on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, as well as Nikki & Sara Live co-hosted her own late night talk show with Nikki Glaser. Let’s watch a clip from that!

Love it! TV work aside, Sara’s also a super solid standup comic. Here’s a short clip so you can see what I mean.

Last year, Sara released Day Job, a webseries inspired by her work at a NYC lawfirm while she was getting started in comedy. It features snapshots of the sort of terrible interactions you deal with at any job. I love it!

Are you one of the 53,000 people following Sara on Twitter? No? Give me a BREAK! Get on that!! Here’s five reasons why:




Speaking of getting started NYC, let’s watch Sara’s episode of the excellent webseries Modern Comedian, to close us out. It explores the huge mountain of debit Sara was facing down before the release of Nikki & Sara Live, incurred over years of struggling to make it. It’s not all doom and gloom though, there’s some great standup in there, too! Great!