You Need To Get Inside Amy Schumer
4:00 pm, May 2nd | by Meredith Lepore
On Tuesday night the premiere of comedian Amy Schumer’s new show debuted on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer. Don’t worry if you missed it, I am sure it will rerun literally every other half hour on the cable network. Schumer has been working the standup circuit for a number of years, as well as popping up on TV shows like Girls, but her big moment is about to come with this show. It is so spot on in terms of tapping into both the female and male psyches (I almost lost it during her one night stand sketch parody) and how they interact with each other, as well as commenting on all of the weird things that make up our culture. I dare say, she may have even hit more of a nerve with me than Lena Dunham.
I think a big reason why I like Schumer so much is she is not always telling me she is that really cool, laid back girl (that is actually the opposite) and emphasizing that even though she makes fun of models, she could actually pass for one (I’m talking to you, Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler.) Schumer absolutely makes fun of her gender but she does it by poking fun at herself, like how crazy she goes after a one night stand. (I also loved the 11am glass of white wine. I was hoping someone would make that acceptable.) She is not portraying the “cool girl” who burps and still brings home the guy. She is the one crushing on the guy who burped in her face all night.
She is a girl’s girl and an honest one. She may call her friends sluts but she includes herself in that friend group (sluts stick together!) She recently wrote an article for Glamour explaining her platonic love for the ladies:
“I do a bit in my stand-up show about the “sluttiest friend.” (You know, in every group of girlfriends, there’s always one who’s the sluttiest. And if you don’t have that friend, guess what: You are that friend.) If you’ve heard the joke, you may think I’m a girl basher. Couldn’t be further from the truth. My girlfriends are my best friends. I can tolerate guy time, listening to fantasy football or Call of Duty talk, but I hands down prefer being with the ladies—hanging out, questioning our parents’ skills, or dressing incognito to see Twilight or Spring Breakers. Yes, I’ve seen them all.
All in all, I am a very loyal gal. If one of my friends even has a crush on a guy, his penis falls off to me. And if you mess with my friends? Well, just Don’t.”
One of those good friends is writer Tig Notaro who was lauded last year for her comedy special in which she talked about her cancer diagnosis and her mother’s death. Notaro is also a writer for Schumer’s show.
This is a very different side than we see from most female comedians. I have noticed that female comedians often have to work that “cool, chill girl” angle to prove themselves, but Schumer is taking a different route. She is not cool. She looks like she is going to a baby shower in Greenwich, but this doesn’t mean she isn’t working extremely blue (she drops the “c word” a whole lot.) Most of the sketches on the show are about her naivete and instability. Of course, Cummings and Handler also want to show us how crazy they are, but they usually resort to just telling us outright.
You can see the ease she has with other women in her interviews on her street and in the pilot in which she talked to a professional model. “Physically, on a scale of 1 to 10, where do you think you rank?” Schumer asks a model in the first episode. “A seven,” the women responds. “Really?” Schumer gasps. “That’s so sad, because I think I’m a seven.” But my favorite line from this interaction was when Schumer said she doesn’t even find male models attractive because “Honestly, they’re so out of my reach that they don’t even register as attractive to me,” which is basically how I feel (and I bet a lot of other women do too!).
Clearly, a lot of people are paying attention to Schumer as the series premiered to 1.6 million viewers. It was the network’s strongest debut of 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Along with Schumer, the series was developed by Daniel Powell and Jessi Klein, with Klein serving as the head writer with Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, Kurt Metzger and Gabe Liedman.
Schumer isn’t for everyone but you should know that she is writing and fighting for the ladies, especially the control freak b*tches.