Schumer in November 2011
|Birth name||Amy Beth Schumer|
June 1, 1981 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Stand up, theatre, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy|
|Subject(s)||Everyday life, sex, family, friends|
|Influences||Judy Gold, Wendy Liebman, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Ellen DeGeneres|
|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, actress, and writer. 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 comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013.
Schumer was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Sandra (née Jones) and Gordon Schumer. She has a younger sister, Kimberly. Her father is Jewish and her mother is from a Protestant background; Schumer was raised Jewish. She grew up on Long Island, New York. Her family went bankrupt when she was nine, and her parents divorced a few 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. Schumer 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.
Schumer 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 special for Comedy Central before appearing on Last Comic Standing; she said in August 2012 that she thought of the special 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. 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.
She has appeared in roles on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, Live at Gotham, 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 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 titled Behind Amy Schumer premiered in 2012.
|2006||Sense Memory||N/A||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|
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Teammate #2||Episode: "Mister Softee"|
|2011||Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen||Roaster||TV Special|
|2012||Down and Dirty with Jim Norton||Diane (voice)||Episode: "Barney/Never"|
|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"|
|2014||The Ellen Degeneres Show||Herself||Episode "1,796"|
|2013–present||Inside Amy Schumer||Herself / Various||Also Creator, Writer, Executive Producer|
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