Schumer in November 2011.
|Birth name||Amy Beth Schumer|
June 1, 1981 |
Manhattan, New York, United States
|Medium||Stand up, theatre, television|
|Alma mater||Towson University|
|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, Jon Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Seth MacFarlane|
|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, and actress. She is the star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which has been airing on Comedy Central since 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. Her father is related to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, though they are not first cousins. Her great-grandmother, Estelle Schumer, was a bootlegger in Manhattan.
Through the success of her father's furniture company in Manhattan, Schumer grew up wealthy. At age nine, her family went bankrupt, and her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; her parents divorced three years later, and she moved to Long Island with her mother. 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 moved to Baltimore, Maryland after high school where she attended Towson University, graduating with a degree in theater in 2003. She returned 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 was a recurring guest on Fox News late-night program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld between 2007 and 2012. 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. The third season premiered on April 21, 2015, with a fourth season ordered the same day.
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 a guest on an episode of comedian Jerry Seinfeld's internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2014.
She hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, which took place on April 11.
Schumer has received much praise for the subversive feminism of her comedy, but she has also faced criticism for having "a shockingly large blind spot around race." In June 2015, Schumer responded to critics, saying "I enjoy playing the girl who time to time says the dumbest thing possible... Trust me. I am not racist."
|2006||Sense Memory||Short film|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Amy||Uncredited|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Lacey/Woman #1|
|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, Various Characters||Also creator, writer, executive producer|
|2015||2015 MTV Movie Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2015||The Bachelorette||Herself||"Week 2: Boxing with Laila Ali, Stand-Up Comedy with Amy Schumer"|
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|
|2015||Peabody Award||Inside Amy Schumer||Won|
|2015||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Inside Amy Schumer||Won|
|2015||Television Critics Association Award||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||Inside Amy Schumer||Pending|
|2015||Television Critics Association Award||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Inside Amy Schumer||Pending|
|2015||Teen Choice Award||Choice Comedian||Pending|
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...I was born on the Upper East Side...
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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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