Sara Schaefer

Sara Schaefer

Hails from: Midlothian, Va. Greener pasture: New York.

Accidental dream: Schaefer was auditioning to be a “Daily Show” correspondent when instead she landed a gig hosting “The DL,” a Web series for AOL. Then, when Jimmy Fallon succeeded Conan O’Brien on “Late Night,” she was hired as the show’s head blogger, thanks as much to her Web experience as her comedic chops. “It’s great to decide on the craziest, biggest dream you can imagine,” she says. “Whatever you get on the way is probably what you were looking for in the first place.” Award-winning nerd: Schaefer and “The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience” were recognized at the Creative Arts Emmys in 2009 and 2010. “I have the dorkiest Emmy you could possibly get,” she jokes about her two awards for “outstanding creative achievement in interactive media, nonfiction.” After more than two years at “Late Night,” Schaefer left this month to join the writing staff of the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

Back Stage 06.02.11 Comics to Watch_Sara Schaefer

Sara Schaefer is one of “10 Comics to Watch” in the June 2-8, 2011 “Spotlight on Comedy & Improv” issue of Back Stage.