Schumer in November 2011.
|Birth name||Amy Beth Schumer|
June 1, 1981 |
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Stand up, theatre, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy|
|Subject(s)||Relationships, gender dynamics, sex, female stereotypes, everyday life, family, friendships|
|Influences||Judy Gold, Wendy Liebman, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball|
|Notable works and roles||Comedy Central Roast, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff|
Amy Beth Schumer (born June 1, 1981) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actress. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she placed second on Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back. In 2012, she held a recurring role on the Adult Swim series Delocated. She is the star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013.
Schumer was born on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, the daughter of Sandra (née Jones) and Gordon Schumer, who owned a baby furniture company. She has a younger sister, Kimberly, who is a comedy writer and a producer, and a brother, Jason Stein, who is a musician in Chicago, Illinois. Gordon is a cousin of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, making Amy Schumer and Chuck Schumer first cousins once removed. Her great-grandmother, Estelle Schumer, was a bootlegger in Manhattan.
Schumer's father is Jewish and her mother is from a Protestant background (of English, German, Scottish and Welsh descent). She was raised Jewish. Her godmother is actress Judith Light, who was a neighbor. She grew up in a wealthy family in Manhattan and Long Island. Her family went bankrupt when she was nine, and her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; her parents divorced three years later. She attended South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York and was voted both "Class Clown" and "Teacher's Worst Nightmare" upon graduation in 1999. She graduated from Towson University in 2003 with a degree in theater. She moved to New York City after college, where she studied at the William Esper Studio for two years and worked as a bartender and a waitress.
In 1992, Schumer was an extra on the musical drama Newsies, where she was dressed as a boy. She portrayed a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer in the off-Broadway black comedy Keeping Abreast. She started doing stand-up comedy on June 1, 2004, when she first performed at Gotham Comedy Club. She recorded a Live at Gotham episode for Comedy Central before appearing on Last Comic Standing; she said in August 2012 that she thought of the episode as her "big break".
After not passing an audition for an earlier season, she advanced to the finals of the fifth season of the NBC reality television talent show Last Comic Standing and placed fourth. Schumer said in April 2011, "Last Comic was totally fun. I had a great time because there was no pressure on me; I had been doing stand-up around two years. I wasn't supposed to do well. So every time I advanced it was a happy surprise. I kept it honest on the show and it served me well."
Schumer is a recurring guest on Fox News late-night program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.[when?] Her first Comedy Central Presents special aired on April 2, 2010. She served as a co-host of A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus (later titled Hoppus on Music) in 2011. She has also written for Cosmopolitan.
Schumer has appeared in roles on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, the Adult Swim mockumentary series Delocated, and the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm and Girls. She acted in three films in 2012: the independent comedy Price Check, the comedy-drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and the independent comedy Sleepwalk with Me. Schumer also appeared on The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in September 2011, and The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr in August 2012.
Schumer said in February 2012, "I don't like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can't."
In June 2012, Schumer began work on a sketch comedy series for Comedy Central. The show features single-camera vignettes of Schumer playing "heightened versions" of herself. The vignettes are linked together with footage of Schumer's stand-up. The show, titled Inside Amy Schumer, premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013. Inside Amy Schumer was picked up for a second season that began in 2014. A behind-the-scenes miniseries entitled Behind Amy Schumer premiered in 2012.
In 2014, Schumer embarked on her Back Door Tour to promote the second season of her show. The show featured closing act Bridget Everett, whom Schumer cites as her favorite live performer. She also appeared as sole guest on an episode of comedian Jerry Seinfeld's internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2014.
|2006||Sense Memory||Short film|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Amy||Uncredited|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Lacey|
|2007||Live at Gotham||Herself||Episode 2.6|
|2007||Last Comic Standing||Herself||7 episodes|
|2008||Reality Bites Back||Herself||7 episodes|
|2009||Cupid||Heather||Episode: "The Tommy Brown Affair"|
|2009||30 Rock||Stylist||Episode: "Mamma Mia"|
|2010||John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show||Herself||Episode 1.4|
|2010||Comedy Central Presents||Herself||Stand-up special, season 14, episode 14|
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Teammate #2||Episode: "Mister Softee"|
|2011||Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen||Roaster||TV special|
|2012||Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr||Roaster||TV special|
|2012||Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2012||Dave's Old Porn||Herself||Episode 2.3|
|2013–present||Inside Amy Schumer||Herself
|Creator, writer, executive producer|
|2015||2015 MTV Movie Awards||Herself (Host)||TV special|
Awards and nominations
|2014||American Comedy Award||Best Comedy Actress – TV||Inside Amy Schumer||Nominated|
|2014||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Inside Amy Schumer||Nominated|
|2014||Dorian Award||Wilde Wit of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series||Inside Amy Schumer||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Award||Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show||Inside Amy Schumer||Nominated|
|2015||Writers Guild of America Award||Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series||Inside Amy Schumer||Nominated|
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It was the second time I auditioned for it. The first time they said I hadn't been around long enough, but I made it the second time I auditioned.
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