Amy Schumer is finally an overnight success. One of the best feminist voices in comedy today, Schumer is a Cool Girl who doesn’t care if you like her, which only makes you love her. Her sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer, hits on some truly funny jokes about being female.
In a world where it’s hard for women to be seen as funny (work twice as hard for half the reaction) it makes me incredibly happy to see her so successful. Her show has scored not only a second season on Comedy Central, but a third? Imagine that! As Daniel Tosh’s commercial breaks will tell you, Comedy Central cancels a lot of shows, but Inside Amy Schumer is only climbing higher.
Why else do I love Amy Schumer? Because in her recent Entertainment Weekly cover(!) feature, she stated, simply, ““I didn’t mean to become a beacon for feminism, but I’m really embracing it. I’m an unflinching feminist, so it makes sense for me. It’s the cause I’m most interested in helping.” In a world where actresses hem and haw about whether to call themselves a feminist, for fear it might make them unmarketable, Schumer doesn’t shy away from the term, not even a little bit. It’s clearly not hurting her career.
In her upcoming film Trainwreck, Amy Schumer plays a woman named, well, Amy. Trainwreck’s Amy is an emotionally stunted commitment-phobe who turns around because of a caring, grounded man (played by Bill Hader, who I’m admittedly totally in love with.) In other words, she flips the script of many man-child coming-of-age stories by letting a woman be the one who gets the laughs through emotional issues and immaturity, while the man plays straight. I’m excited to see it, and I’m excited that Amy Schumer has written and headlined a movie with this much advance buzz.
I know this is a little bit of a departure from my usual writing (more comic books later, I promise!) I’ve seriously been thinking all week about how much I admire Amy Schumer, and I’m really excited to see what she does. Below, a teaser clip from Season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer. I shouldn’t have to tell you, but it’s at least mildly NSFW