"Amy Schumer is excited to watch her new special on Comedy Central with her mom."

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, check out a very funny comedienne on Comedy Central. You may have seen Amy Schumer on the 5th season of “Last Comic Standing.” Well, tonight is her first half hour comedy special and she’s none more excited to be sitting on the couch with her mom to watch it. She recently sat down with us to talk about her career and upcoming TV appearance.

Q – I read that you moved to New York to become an actress. How did you get involved in stand-up if you wanted to be an actress?

A - I was born at Lennox Hill hospital on the upper east side of Manhattan. My mom now lives in Queens my sister in the Bronx and my dad in Brooklyn. I come from an old New York family; I didn't move to NYC to become an actress I moved there because I graduated from college and am from there.

I studied theater and then tried improv and didn't like it. I tried stand-up and I liked it right away. I still do a lot of theater, with my company "The Collective" and appeared on a couple television shows this year. One of them was "30 Rock." I am a comic and an actress.

Q – For those who don’t know that much about you, describe your act in one sentence.

A - My act is unapologetic, and upbeat with a hint of Slutty.

Q – You were on “Last Comic Standing 5” (LCS). Although you didn’t win the competition, what did LCS do good or bad for your career?

A - Thanks for reminding me I didn't win; I think all of these questions are a little passive aggressive. It was great for me. Enough people saw it so that I got to do a huge tour of the country, make a bunch of money on the road and generate a little fan base. But not enough people watched it for me to be remembered solely for that.

Q – I heard from other comedians that were on the show that a lot of the producers have their own ‘clients’ on the show, making it an unfair advantage for some. Did you find anything fishy going on on the set? Anything you’d like to share?

A - Actually my mom was the EP but I signed in to audition under the name Tori Spelling so no one knew it was me.

I also heard that, but it was about seasons before, not mine. At one time the producer did manage some of the cast but it, and no one who made it to the top 10, was represented by him or anyone affiliated with the show. I had a pretty honest experience on there. Everything you saw was actually how it happened. Except they tried to make it seem like I was dating Matt Kirshen, the little British guy and we are just friends. It was funny seeing the editing they used. It would be a voice over of someone saying, "Matt is on the chopping block this week." Then it would cut to me looking really sad, about something else though.

Q – Do you think women have an unfair advantage in comedy versus their male counterparts?

A - Yeah, but it can be a huge disadvantage too. You're going on stage with a strike against you for being a girl. But funny is funny, maybe your tits get you in the door, but then you have to deliver. When I'm not headlining on my own I open for Jim Norton and Dave Attell. Their audiences look at me like, ‘what is this chick gonna say?’ But then I do my time and they decide for themselves. I'm proud of my act and where it is right now. Not as a girl, but as a comic.

Q – Your new special hits Comedy Central on April 2nd. Is this your first special?

A - This is my first half hour special. I have done a few TV sets before, a couple of them on Comedy Central.

Q – Talk about the special. What about it are you excited about?

A - I'm excited to watch it sitting on the couch next to my mom. Getting better at stand-up is hard work and you have to go through a lot of bullshit for stage time. So it will feel great to get to enjoy it with the people who know where I started and how far I've come. I'm excited for people to see it. There is a certain stigma that comes with being a female comic, especially one who was on a reality show. But this special represents who I am today as a comic and I think it will make people laugh. It's a document of where I was at the time. The longer you do stand-up the better you get and so I will take this in as my first special. I plan on having a long career and I bet in 2 years I will cringe watching it, like reading an old journal or something.

Q – When you do a television special, do you hand pick certain jokes for the taping or are you doing your jokes that you take on the road?

A - You submit your proposed set in writing and then standards and practices writes you back and tells you, you can't say fingering or retarded or make any rape jokes and then you complain to your comedian friends and suck it up and edit your road set into a TV set. A little stifling but worth it.

Q – With all the avenues for comedians (cable, TV, Internet) to showcase their material, do you think having a special has a big impact as it did back in the ‘80’s when it was really on HBO and Showtime?

A - After doing Last Comic, a show that had about 8 million viewers a week, to me this special isn't about exposure. I will probably get 30 new Facebook friends from this. It's not about impact it’s about setting a goal and accomplishing it. Nothing comes easy in this business; you feel you've gotten somewhere and you get ripped right back to reality. Tonight I'm on the road staying in a nice hotel that had a gift basket waiting for me. But tomorrow night when I go to my mom's to watch the special, I will have to carry the kitty litter upstairs and bring my dishes to the kitchen and will take the subway home probably wearing sweatpants. New York keeps you grounded in reality. Comedy keeps you remembering that you are only as good as your last new joke.

Q – Anything you wanted to add?

A – Yes, I would like to add the names of my favorite female comics working today.

Nikki Glaser, Lizzy Cooperman, Bonnie McFarlane, Jessica Kirson, Jackie Monahan, Mara Herron, Chelsea Peretti and Rachel Feinstein. Look out for these ladies, this is our year.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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Anonymous said...

watching you, amy, from my couch tonight. you are verrry phunny!!!

sexxxy, too!!!

buenos suerte!!!