Schumer in 2011
|Birth name||Amy Beth Schumer|
June 1, 1981 |
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Stand up, theatre, television, film|
|Alma mater||Towson University|
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, sketch comedy, insult comedy|
|Subject(s)||Interpersonal relationships, gender dynamics, sex, female and racial stereotypes, everyday life|
Amy Beth Schumer (born June 1, 1981) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actress, and producer. She is the creator, co-producer, co-writer and star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which debuted on Comedy Central in 2013. Inside Amy Schumer has received a Peabody Award and Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on the series, winning for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015. That same year, she wrote and starred in the comedy Trainwreck (2015), receiving nominations for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
Schumer was born on June 1, 1981 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, to 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 second cousin to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer's father is Jewish and her mother is from a Protestant background. Schumer was raised Jewish, and experienced antisemitism as a child.
Through the success of her father's furniture company in Manhattan, Schumer began life in a wealthy family. But at age nine, her family went bankrupt, and her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; her parents divorced three years later. Moving to Long Island, 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 also attended the Hebrew school of the Central Synagogue of Nassau County, a Reform synagogue in Rockville Centre on whose board her mother served. 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.
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. In 2007, 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 co-starred in the Comedy Central reality show Reality Bites Back in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Butterfinger. 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 did an episode (#154) of WTF with Marc Maron podcast on March 3, 2011, in which she discusses her early life in more detail. 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 released a standup comedy album Cutting, released in, 2011. Her standup comedy special Mostly Sex Stuff premiered on Comedy Central on August 18, 2012, to positive reviews. 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, 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 wrote and played her first leading film role in Trainwreck, co-starring Bill Hader, which was released on July 17, 2015.
In August 2015, Jennifer Lawrence said she and Schumer planned to co-star in a film for which they and Schumer's sister Kim were co-writing a screenplay. Schumer performed as opening act for Madonna on three New York City dates of the singer's Rebel Heart Tour in September 2015.
In the media
In 2015, Schumer was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. In 2015, Schumer was also named to Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People list for 2015. Schumer has received much praise for the subversive feminism of her comedy, and for cleverly addressing various social issues through comedy. In June 2015, Monica Heisey of The Guardian criticised her for "a shockingly large blind spot around race." Schumer responded on Twitter, stating "I go in and out of playing an irreverent idiot. That includes making dumb jokes involving race... You can call it a 'blind spot for racism' or 'lazy,' but you are wrong. It is a joke..I am not racist."
On November 30, 2015, The Daily Beast reported that Schumer posed nude for a photo by photographer Annie Leibovitz for 2016 edition of the Pirelli Calendar. Schumer tweeted her photo, writing "Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you."
In January 2016, Schumer was accused of stealing jokes from comedians Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, and Patrice O’Neal Schumer denied the allegations. Other comedians, such as Marc Maron and Dave Rubin, stood up for Schumer. Pescatelli later apologized, stating it had "gone too far," and Liebman stated she believed she and Schumer had engaged in parallel thinking.
Schumer has dated professional wrestler Nick Nemeth a.k.a. Dolph Ziggler, as well as comedian Anthony Jeselnik. In January 2016, she indicated she was in a relationship with Chicago furniture designer Ben Hanisch.
- Cutting (2011)
|2006||Sense Memory||Short film|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Amy||Uncredited|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Lacey/Woman #1|
|2015||Trainwreck||Amy Townsend||Also writer|
|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||Episode: "14.14"|
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Teammate #2||Episode: "Mister Softee"|
|2011||Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen||Roaster||TV special|
|2012||Louie||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"|
|2013–present||Inside Amy Schumer||Herself, Various characters||Also creator, writer, executive producer, director|
|2015||2015 MTV Movie Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2015||BoJack Horseman||Irving Jannings (voice)||Episode: "Chickens"|
|2015||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Amy Schumer/The Weeknd"|
|2015||Amy Schumer: Live from the Apollo||Herself||Stand-up special|
Awards and nominations
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...I was born on the Upper East Side...
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...Ms. Schumer, who said she is second cousin to Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York.
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He is not my uncle, he is my dad's cousin, I don't even think they are first cousins.
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Today, Senator Chuck Schumer joined actress and comedian Amy Schumer, who also happens to be his second cousin once removed, to call for stronger background checks for gun buyers.Requires clicking "Show more text" link.
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That’s a good question. I don’t know. Judaism, for me, is just another area where I didn’t feel accepted or like I belonged. I grew up on Long Island, but I grew up in the Irish Catholic mecca of Long Island. I’ve done some material on being Jewish onstage, and I talk about how the kids used to call me "Amy Jewmer." And I really did: even with the parents of my friends, there was a ton of anti-Semitism going on, openly and in front of me. When it went to college, it was the first time I wasn’t apologizing for being Jewish, but there’s definitely some residual shame that I grew up with because of it.
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If a reference pops into my head I’ll say it, but my experience of Judaism was this: I went to temple every Friday, and went to Sunday school, you know, Hebrew school, and then I had my Bat Mitzvah, and then I think that might be the last time I was in a temple.
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In a personal blog post for the Religious News Service, Salkin wrote, that the Schumers were very involved in Jewish life — Amy’s mother served on the temple board and chaired the education committee. Salkin officiated Amy’s older brother’s bar mitzvah.
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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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