If only women were voting in next week’s election, Barack Obama would win … which is why men need to stay home on Election Day for the good of America. Starring Franchesca Ramsey, Sara Benincasa and other funny ladies who leant themselves to this “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” skit, it’s the best case I’ve heard for keeping the polls progesterone-only.
Sara Benincasa’s struggle with panic disorder began with childhood anxiety attacks and intensified until, at the age of 21, she developed full-on agoraphobia. Her fears were so severe she was afraid to leave her own bedroom. She sank into suicidal depression. Garbage piled up against the wall as her appetite for food—and life—slipped away. Finally, one day two college friends contacted Sara’s family out of fear for her safety and state of mind. Here is an excerpt detailing when Sara’s parents have first been notified that their daughter was dealing with some very real problems.
“Hello?” I said hoarsely.
“Hi, Ra-Ra!” chirped one voice.
“Hey, Ra!” boomed another.
It was my parents. Keep reading »
Here at The Frisky’s offices, one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2011 is Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, by the comedienne and all-around-awesome-lady Sara Benincasa. I love this girl for her balls-out honesty regarding her mental health struggles with agoraphobia and anxiety. Agorafabulous! is based on Sara’s one-woman show of the same name, which recounts how vicious panic attacks created a fear of the outside world, to the point where she refused to leave her college dorm room. In this cartoon, Sara explains all about anxiety attacks, the “flight or fight” response, and why you shouldn’t shop at Whole Foods. As someone who has suffered from panic attacks from age 15 onwards, I could have used an explanation like this back when I was hyperventilating and didn’t know what the eff was going on!
Our girl Sara Benincasa does a lot of awesome impressions, but her Peggy Olson
is so dead-on, it’s almost like the overachiever transported herself to 2010. In anticipation of tonight’s season four premiere of “Mad Men,”
“Peggy” plopped herself down in front of her 1964 laptop and recorded a vlog on just what’s been going down at Sterling Cooper Draper Price since we last saw them. It seems everyone in the office is very preoccupied with little Sally Draper’s lisp … [YouTube
] Keep reading »
Our friend Sara’s hormones are raging again! She’s got a new Dream Celebrity Boyfriend and this one, unlike her last crush, Johnny Weir
, is probably someone you’ve never heard of. This boy-crazy chick sure knows how to spot an unidentified and unappreciated hottie from a mile away! I hope he has a job that pays well enough that he can hire a bodyguard. Keep reading »
In retrospect, it was all inevitable. Not the details, like the time I grew so afraid of using the toilet that I urinated in cereal bowls in my apartment, or the time I collapsed outside a filling station in Sicily and told someone I couldn’t remember how to breathe. Those specific situations weren’t predictable, of course. But looking back, I can see how much sense it makes that I have panic attacks. Keep reading »
Hey Frisky readers! Please join me in welcoming our latest contributor, video blogger Candelabra Sanchez McGonagall, although you can call her Candi for short. A prolific style and relationship expert, Candi will be giving out fantastic beauty tips and love advice in our new series, “The Candi Dish.” In this first segment, Candi discusses how to deal with roots in between salon visits and what to do when your boyfriend wants a threesome. Eek! Keep reading »
Our friend Sara Benincasa is what you might call a litttttttle
boy crazy. It seems like every other week she has a new celebrity crush that she just can’t stop obsessing over. This week she sent us this little video confessing her love for a certain “controversial” sportsman who she has not-so “family friendly”
feelings about … check out what I mean, above! Keep reading »
Sara Benincasa is a comedian, writer, and radio personality. You’ve probably seen her on The Frisky in one of her crazy hilarious videos. But, once upon a time, she was a high school teacher. Not unlike Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds,” but with far less Coolio.
We talked to Sara about why she decided to go into teaching, what she found out, and what it takes to tackle the toughest, most important job out there. Keep reading »
In lieu of a “Mad Men”
recap — Don Draper you are making me so mad f**king that stupid teacher while Betty wallows at home! — I offer you this hilarious video from Frisky friend, Sara Benincasa. The stand-up comic, “Gossip Girl” expert
, recovering agoraphobic
, and all-around awesome chick has imagined what it would be like if Peggy Olson had her own vlog (i.e., video blog). This is the first of hopefully MANY more installments. [YouTube: Sara Benincasa
] Keep reading »