August 3, 1979
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Comedian and writer Sarah Haskins parlayed a popular series of segments on the satirical news program "InfoMania" (Current TV 2007-2011) that lampooned the media's attempt to sell products to women into a successful career as a writer and producer for television. Haskins cut her performing teeth on improv with such celebrated comedy groups as Second City and ImprovOlympic before moving into television with her "Target Women" pieces for "InfoMania." The segments, which drew attention to attempts to buttonhole women through depictions in commercials, television shows and other media, brought Haskins widespread praise from the critical community, which in turn led to work as a writer and performer in several short films and the TV series "Family Tools" (ABC, 2013). That same year, Haskins sold her sitcom "Trophy Wife" to ABC, which cemented her status as an up-and-coming comic force on the small screen.Born August 3, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, Sarah Haskins attended Francis W. Parker School in the city's Lincoln Park district before attending Harvard College as an American History and Literature major. While there, she began performing with an improvisational comedy group called The Immediate Gratification Players, which counted writer/director/producer Nicholas Stoller ("The Muppets" 2012) and National Public Radio host Farai Chideya among its alumni. The experience led Haskins to make comedy her career of choice, and after graduating from Harvard in 2001, she performed with the famed Second City's National Touring Company and ImprovOlympic in Chicago. In 2007, Haskins relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she began contributing to "InfoMania" (2007-2011), a satirical news program featured on Current TV, a network launched by former Vice President Al Gore. Haskins wrote and produced a recurring segment called "Target Women," which skewered media and advertising that focused on female viewers. The segments received overwhelmingly positive feedback from critics and audiences alike, and led to a slew of accolades for Haskins, including Utne Reader, which named her as part of its "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World." Haskins left Current TV in 2010 to focus on her own projects. With writer/director/producer Emily Halpern, she collaborated on several short films, including the comedy short "Dilf" (2010), directed by her husband, Geoffrey Edwards, and appeared in such features as Stoller's "Get Him to the Greek" (2010) and "Celeste and Jesse Forever" (2012). She also contributed to the short-lived comedy series "Family Tools" as writer and consulting producer. That same year, Haskins and Halpern's sitcom "Trophy Wife" (ABC 2013), with Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman and Marcia Gay Harden, premiered.