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Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer by Mario Santor.jpg
Schumer in 2011
Birth name Amy Beth Schumer
Born (1981-06-01) June 1, 1981 (age 35)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand up, theatre, television, film
Alma mater Towson University
Years active 2004–present
Genres Observational comedy, blue comedy, sketch comedy, insult comedy
Subject(s) Interpersonal relationships, gender dynamics, sex, female and racial stereotypes, everyday life, self-deprecation
Relative(s) Chuck Schumer
Website amyschumer.com

Amy Beth Schumer[1] (born June 1, 1981) is an American stand-up comedienne, 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 and has received a Peabody Award. Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on the series, winning for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015. That year, she also wrote and starred in the comedy film Trainwreck, 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.

Early life

Schumer was born on June 1, 1981 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York,[1][2] to Sandra (née Jones) and Gordon Schumer, who owned a baby furniture company.[2][3][4] She has a younger sister, Kim Caramele, who is a comedy writer and a producer,[5][6] and a brother, Jason Stein, who is a musician in Chicago, Illinois.[7][8] Her father is second cousin to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.[9][10][11] Schumer's father was born Jewish and her mother, who is from a Protestant background, converted to Judaism.[4][12][13] Schumer was raised Jewish and claims to have experienced antisemitism as a child.[14][15][16]

Through the success of her father's furniture company in Manhattan, Schumer began life in a wealthy family.[17] At age nine, her family went bankrupt, and her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; her parents divorced three years later.[9] 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.[18] 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.[19][20]

Schumer moved to Baltimore, Maryland, after high school where she attended Towson University, graduating with a degree in theater in 2003.[5][18] 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.[18]

Career

Schumer portrayed a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer in the off-Broadway black comedy Keeping Abreast.[18] She started doing stand-up comedy on June 1, 2004, when she first performed at Gotham Comedy Club.[21] 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."[22]

Schumer performing in 2006

After not passing an audition for an earlier season,[23] she advanced to the finals of the fifth season of the NBC reality television talent show Last Comic Standing and placed fourth.[21] 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."[24]

Schumer co-starred in the Comedy Central reality show Reality Bites Back in 2008.[25] In 2009, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Butterfinger.[26] 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 in 2011, later titled Hoppus on Music.[24] She has also written for Cosmopolitan.[24]

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.[27] 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.[28]

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.[29] 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, in 2011.[30] Her standup comedy special Mostly Sex Stuff premiered on Comedy Central on August 18, 2012, to positive reviews.[31] 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."[32]

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.[33] 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.[34]

In 2014, Schumer embarked on her Back Door Tour to promote the second season of her show.[35] The show featured closing act Bridget Everett, whom Schumer cites as her favorite live performer.[36] She also appeared as a guest on an episode of comedian Jerry Seinfeld's Internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2014.[37]

She hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, which took place on April 11.[38] Schumer wrote and played her first leading film role in Trainwreck, co-starring Bill Hader, which was released on July 17, 2015.[39]

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.[40] Schumer performed as opening act for Madonna on three New York City dates of the singer's Rebel Heart Tour in September 2015.[41]

On October 17, 2015, Schumer's comedy special, entitled Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo, premiered on HBO.[42][43] In 2016, it was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety Special, Writing and Directing.[44][45][46]

On June 23, 2016, during her sold out performance at Madison Square Garden, Schumer announced her first world tour starting on August 26 in Dublin.[47]

Schumer is the author of a 2016 memoir entitled The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.[48] It held the top position on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for two weeks in September 2016.[49]

Influences

Schumer's comedic influences include Wendy Liebman,[50] Carol Burnett,[51] Lucille Ball,[51] and Joan Rivers.[52] Additionally, she called actress-producer Goldie Hawn "one of my complete heroes."[52]

In the media

Schumer in 2015

In 2015, Schumer was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.[53] In 2015, Schumer was also named to Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People list for 2015.[54] Schumer has received praise for addressing various social issues through comedy.[55][56][57][58][59][60] In June 2015, Monica Heisey of The Guardian criticised her for "a shockingly large blind spot around race."[60] 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."[61]

Throughout 2015, several of Schumer's skits in Inside Amy Schumer went viral online, sparking think pieces regarding sex, feminism, and rape culture.[62][63][64][65]

After a fatal shooting took place at a showing of Trainwreck in Louisiana, Schumer advocated for stricter gun control laws and increased mental health funding.[66]

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.[67] Schumer tweeted her photo, writing "Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you."[68]

In January 2016, Schumer was accused of stealing jokes from comedians Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, and Patrice O'Neal.[69][70] Schumer vehemently denied the allegations.[71][72] Other comedians, such as Marc Maron and Dave Rubin, stood up for Schumer.[73][74] Pescatelli later apologized, stating it had "gone too far," and Liebman stated she believed she and Schumer had engaged in parallel thinking.[75]

Personal life

Schumer has dated professional wrestler Nick Nemeth a.k.a. Dolph Ziggler,[76] and comedian Anthony Jeselnik.[77]

In January 2016, she indicated she was in a relationship with Chicago furniture designer Ben Hanisch.[78]

She has been friends with Taking Back Sunday drummer Mark O'Connell since childhood.[79]

When she was 21, she and her sister Kim Schumer were arrested[80] for grand larceny, as part of a shoplifting scheme. During an interview, she stated that it was her connection to Senator Schumer that enabled her to plead down the charge.[81]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Sense Memory Short film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Amy Uncredited[82]
2012 Price Check Lila
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Lacey/Woman #1
2015 Trainwreck Amy Townsend Also writer
2016 Thank You for Your Service Post-production
2017 Mother/Daughter Emily Middleton Filming; also writer
2017 Barbie Barbie Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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 Delocated Trish 8 episodes
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"
2013–14 Girls Angie 2 episodes
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"[83]
2015 Amy Schumer: Live from the Apollo Herself Stand-up special
2016 The Simpsons Mrs. Burns (voice) Episode: "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus"
2016 Family Guy Factory Crew Leader (voice) Episode: "The Boys in the Band"
2016 Bob's Burgers Young Lady (voice) Episode: "Flu-ouise"

Discography

  • Cutting (2011)

Bibliography

Awards and nominations

Award Wins Nominations
American Comedy Awards
0 1
Britannia Awards
1 1
Billboard Touring Awards
0 1
Critics Choice Movie Awards
2 2
Critics Choice Television Awards
1 2
Denver Film Critics Society
0 1
GALECA Dorian Award
1 2
Golden Globe Award
0 1
Peabody Award
1 1
People's Choice Award
0 2
Primetime Emmy Award
1 10
Teen Choice Awards
0 1
Television Critics Association Award
2 2
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
0 1
Writers Guild of America Award
1 4
Overall
10 32

The following is a list of awards and nominations received by American comedian, actress, writer, and television producer Amy Schumer.

Year Award Category Work Result Ref(s)
2014 American Comedy Award Best Comedy Actress – TV Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
GALECA Dorian Award Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series Nominated
Peabody Award Won
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Television Critics Association Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Won
Individual Achievement in Comedy Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Inside Amy Schumer Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Nominated
Britannia Awards Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy Won
2016 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay Trainwreck Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actress in a Comedy Won
MVP Award Won
Denver Film Critics Society Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series Inside Amy Schumer Won
Best Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials Amy Schumer: Live at The Apollo Nominated
GALECA Dorian Award Wilde Wit of the Year Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Nominated
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Billboard Touring Awards Top Comedy Tour Pending [99]

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