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Nobody’s Bridesmaid: Amy Schumer Brings her Unique Smart, Fearless Humor to the Big Screen in ‘Trainwreck’


Amy Schumer is a feminist. And she’s funny. She’s really funny.

She also seems to be everywhere at the moment. Comedy Central’s intelligent, irreverent “it-girl” is featured on the cover of this month’s Glamour (and she chronicled that out-of-body experience in a self-deprecating video. Proving that she has an enthusiastic male audience as well, she’s also on the cover of GQ, clad in Princess Lea’s infamous bikini and getting . . . um . . . personal with android C-3PO.

Apparently nothing is off-limits with Amy. Nothing.

These days, sketches from her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, now in its third season, become YouTube sensations as soon as they air. They strike a clever balance between what everyone is thinking but won’t say and what no one has quite thought to say before. She tackles some serious subjects. In her spoof of Friday Night Lights, the new high school football coach bans raping, and the team and the community are up in arms. Schumer’s genius is her ability to make us laugh while she exposes very real issues. My personal favorite, as a midlife woman who rarely gets construction site catcalls anymore, is The Last Fuckable Day. Aspiring comedienne Schumer stumbles upon a last supper celebration of her idols: Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. As they toast the end of Louis-Dreyfus’s on-screen sexuality (a.k.a. her “fuckability”), they skewer Hollywood’s obsession with youth and its pervasive double standards.

Schumer has gained momentum, not just with TV and online audiences, but with respected feminist organizations like the Ms. Foundation. As reported in Time, Schumer asserts, “I don’t try to be feminist. I just am. It’s innately inside me. I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me.”

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  • Leslie in Oregon August 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for the best review of Trainwreck I’ve seen~