By Elyse Ash
Who here has heard of Amy Schumer? She’s a blonde comedian/actress/writer from NYC and she’s hilarious (her style is very Louis CK meets Chelsea Handler). If you’ve caught her stand-up, she might come off as a bit…um…crude. But she is so NOT a shock comic.
She’s part cynic. Part feminist. Part party girl. All funny. And she really helps that whole completely ridiculous/invalid/insulting “Women Just Aren’t Funny” argument. (Thanks, Jerry Lewis).
How do I know? Her show on Comedy Central, “Inside Amy Schumer” is exceptional. Season 2 has been ramping up and I’ve never felt so lukewarm on a show in its first season and then fell so completely in love the second. If you haven’t seen it, it’s set up like a sketch comedy show with 4-5 sketches spliced with a few fake ads and interviews in-between them.
"Inside Amy Schumer" has been called “the most sneakily feminist show on TV” - which is 1) True 2) Awesome and 3) Why I guess I like it so much. Because NO ONE talks about how hard being a woman is today in this very real, funny, sad, dramatized way. Sorry, Lena Dunham, but homegirl is KILLIN it (and killin the ratings, too).
Beyond Amy just being funny, her sketches are smart. They illustrate the double standards that young women face in relationships, at work and just in our society as a whole. So here are my favorite sketches from this season of her show and why I think they work so well:
*I’m So Bad
This sketch pokes fun at how impossible it is for women to talk about food in a healthy, normal way and how almost all American women have a dysfunctional relationship with food.
*A Chick Who Can Hang
Brad and I were falling off the couch by the end of this sketch. Some guys really are dumbasses, aren’t they?
*A Very Realistic Military Game
When I first saw this sketch on TV, it made me very uncomfortable. But it was also the mental turn that took me from Amy Schumer liker to Amy Schumer respecter. This is what I’m talking about. She’s taking a very real subject/topic/problem, poking fun at it to bring the problem to light. It’s not preachy or judge. It’s just funny. And VERY real. This is exactly what that slate article was talking about with being “sneakily feminist.”
*The Food Room
This one isn’t really about feminism or women, but more about how ridiculous Aaron Sorkin is. Which is equally awesome.
In my mind, Amy Schumer now sits among the ranks of Beyonce, Amy Pohler, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence: Strong, Feminist Creative Women Who Are Awesome and Funny and Smart and Don’t Take Crap and Have Their Shit Together. My favorite types of people. I hope the writers/actors at SNL are taking notes. THIS is how you write a sketch comedy show that’s funny/edgy/meaningful/insightful/changing pop culture. Now I just hope she doesn’t pull a Dave Chappelle.